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TechEmerge brings cutting-edge technologies to where they are needed most. This award-winning matchmaking program from the World Bank Group connects tech companies worldwide with  leading organizations in emerging markets. Together we pilot projects uniquely tailored to local needs, supported by a global network of industry advisors, building commercial relationships in vital sectors, maximizing social impact, and spurring innovation.

Focus Areas

TechEmerge is exploring opportunities to bring high-impact tech solutions to emerging markets in select sectors


Patient Safety, Remote Monitoring, Telemedicine, Patient Engagement


Disruptive Technologies for Risk Reduction and Management


Residential, Commercial and Industrial Space Cooling, Cold Chain, Transport Refrigeration Units

How We Work

TechEmerge uses a unique six-step process to connect innovators with companies in emerging markets and accelerate the adoption of new technologies, services, and business models.


Leveraging IFC's 50+ years of expertise, we identify innovation gaps in emerging markets, and work closely with local companies to understand the unique needs of potential adopters/buyers.


We launch an open call for innovators across the world with relevant solutions to apply to join the program.


With our expert advisors, we select high-performing innovators with proven technologies that can meet the needs of participating local adopters.


Through a carefully curated process, we arrange events and meetings for shortlisted innovators to meet top local companies and demo their products, and to discuss the potential to pilot projects together.


Selected innovators and local partner companies test technologies on the ground in emerging markets.


If the pilot is successful, the local company and innovator may decide to enter into a commercial contract. IFC also evaluates financing needs and may invest in companies to scale game-changing innovations.


September 13, 2021
TechEmerge Innovator PLUSS in USD $15 million Acquisition Deal

  TechEmerge participant and sustainable cooling innovator Pluss Advanced Technologies is to be

September 09, 2021
IFC and Snowman Open Call for Cold Chain Innovators Worldwide

New Delhi, September 9, 2021 – IFC and Snowman Logistics, one of India's largest cold-chain

About Us

TechEmerge was created by IFC—a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, IFC invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit TechEmerge builds on IFC’s strong track record of investing in young companies with innovative technologies or business models with high impact potential. The TechEmerge program leverages its access to a vast global network of development partners, local implementing partners, technical specialists, and multinational corporations to support the program.