Aspire Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

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Singapore, 15 June, 2021 – Aspire, the Singapore-based fintech company offering the #1 digital business account for modern businesses in SouthEast Asia, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”.  Aspire is an all-in-one financial operating system that helps business owners save time and money with access to a business account, corporate cards, expense management, credit facilities, and more. Fully integrated with the modern business software they use.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovation that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

With their selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Andrea Baronchelli of Aspire will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Aspire will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

“We’re excited to welcome Aspire to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Aspire 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 great to be acknowledged as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Aspire’s Andrea Baronchelli. “It is a confirmation that our technology is among the most unique in Southeast Asia, and can create a positive impact on the lives of many business owners. Our technology is the only one that offers an all-in-one product stack, so we are a couple years ahead of the competition and have a first-mover advantage and we look forward to contributing to the Forum dialogues on this challenge.”

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. The firms 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.

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. 2021 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About Aspire

Headquartered in Singapore, Aspire is a Y-Combinator-backed technology organization that serves small businesses with convenient and all-in-one inclusive financial services across Southeast Asia. To date, Aspire has successfully raised US$40 million in funding from world-class investors and financial partners, with offices in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore.

About World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (

About the Technology Pioneers

The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

The World Economic Forum provides the Technology Pioneers community with a platform to engage with the public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.

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