Praava Health, a brick-and-click healthcare venture, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneers" for its contributions to healthcare innovation in Bangladesh on 15 June.
"We're excited to welcome Praava Health to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers," says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. "Praava Health and its fellow pioneers are developing technologies that can help society solve some of its most pressing issues. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world."
"It's wonderful to be recognised as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum," said Praava Health's Sylvana Q Sinha. "Artificial intelligence, smart design, and biotechnology are the future of healthcare, and Praava's brick-and-click model will continue to leverage technology to enhance patient experience, access, and outcomes for Bangladeshis. Technology can never replace doctors, but it can help patients and their care teams to better manage health."
Tripling growth every year since launching in 2018, and currently serving 200,000 patients, Praava's tech-forward model is designed to be efficient, accessible, and scalable across emerging markets, where 85 percent of the world lives.
For the first time in the community's history, over 30% of the WEF Technology Pioneer cohort are led by women - including Praava Health, which boasts a female-led team, with a female founder and women comprising 3/5 of the c-suite. The pioneers also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. This year's cohort includes start-ups from 26 countries, with UAE, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time.
Previous World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers include Airbnb (2014), Dropbox (2012), Kickstarter (2012), Spotify (2011), Twitter (2010), Proteus Digital Health (2009), and Google (2002), ME SOLshare.