Air Protein, a modern food company which makes meat from CO2 and renewable energy, received the Technology Pioneer Designation for its contributions in the field of food technology.
Air Protein, a Bay Area based sustainable food tech company, has been chosen from hundreds of applicants as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Air Protein, a spin-off of the sustainability tech company Kiverdi, made their first chicken analog from CO2 in 2019 and has been on a course to transform the animal agriculture industry by introducing consumers to hyper-local, sustainably made, nutritious, traceable meat.
Companies in the incoming Technology Pioneer cohort are at the frontier of industries like artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and other emerging STEM fields. The diversity is not limited to the fields in which they redefine their technology— the leadership in the Technology Pioneer companies represents an incredible variety of nationalities and cultures, and over a quarter of the finalists are companies founded and led by women. Selected finalists hail from around the world and are bringing revolutionary tech to communities beyond Sand Hill Road. 
Following the receipt of this prestigious award, Air Protein founder and CEO Dr. Lisa Dyson will be invited to enlist at World Economic Forum events, discussions and activities. Air Protein will also lend their expertise to the Forum over their two-year term as a Technology Pioneer and advise leaders across the public and private sector on issues relating to sustainable food production, world hunger and food technology.
Leveraging a decade’s worth of research, the Bay Area based startup has been building an ecosystem of relationships with retailers, food service operators, chefs, and major food companies that are ready to champion the future of meat. One such partnership includes Kitchen Town, a Silicon Valley based accelerator of food tech startups. Rusty Schwartz, Kitchen Town founder and CEO stated, ”Air Protein's effort to reverse climate change is one of the most ambitious scientific inventions of our time.”
The 2020 Technology Pioneer cohort marks two decades of the World Economic Forum awarding companies for their innovations in technology. Many of the Technology Pioneer alumni continue to shift and push boundaries in their industries; past award recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.
The 2020 Technology Pioneers were awarded based on their innovation, community impact and leadership, as well as an alignment with the World Economic Forum's Platforms.
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