On August 3, Bloomberg announced the 2022 class of Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts, a distinctive global group of breakthrough innovators, visionaries, scientists, policy-makers and entrepreneurs who are inventing possibilities for a more inclusive and prosperous world.
Launched in 2021, the community is both a celebration of and launch-pad for ideas, providing access to a growing think tank of influential leaders and opportunities.
These 28 individuals from 16 different countries and regions will convene regularly in the coming months, and at the fifth annual flagship Bloomberg New Economy Forum this November in Singapore.
Innovators from Nigeria and Ghana were recognised for their role in radically reshaping the new economy to build a more equitable and sustainable global economy in real-time; these include:
Gregory Rockson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, mPharma: connecting and empowering an inclusive universal medical coverage infrastructure in Africa by making access to healthcare affordable and safe (Ghana).
Also, Wemimo Abbey, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Esusu: helps low to moderate income households use their on-time rent payments to build credit (United States).
“Becoming a Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst is a true honour and recognition for the work we are doing in making financial services available to 100 percent of the population.
“Having the support of the Bloomberg community will allow us to connect, learn and scale beyond our current state as we strive to improve the lives of millions throughout Latam,” said Andrés Gutiérrez, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Tpaga.
Three members of the 2021 Catalyst class have successfully IPO’d their companies and two Catalysts’ ventures have become ‘Unicorns’, going from start-up to a billion-dollar valuation.
The programme has also created new business partnerships between Catalyst members. Earlier this year, Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX – a global crypto exchange valued at US$32billion – formed a partnership with Elizabeth Rossiello’s AZA Finance – an African Fintech – to expand Web3 and digital currencies across Africa.
Bloomberg provides a platform to scale and accelerate Catalyst’s ideas by providing networking opportunities. Most notably, the 2022 Catalyst class will join Bloomberg’s annual New Economy Forum convening in Singapore from 14th-17th November.
In its 5th year, the forum brings together the world’s most influential CEOs, leaders, visionaries, scientists, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers, and helps facilitate strategic business partnerships.
Catalysts will also benefit from visibility, awareness and recognition across Bloomberg’s multi-channel network, reaching hundreds of millions; gain insight and perspective into cutting-edge technologies and high-level policy and finance; and receive peer-to-peer leadership and mentoring throughout the year.
The Catalysts will convene at the Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst Retreat for a special day of programming at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, which will focus on high-level discussions to develop solutions for a more sustainable and equitable economy.
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Bloomberg’s Editorial team selected this standout group from more than 300 nominations based on impact in one of six key areas: Agriculture: Feeding the World; The Green Transition: Transport, Industry & Energy; Digital Finance: Inclusive Growth; Life sciences: Future of Health; Learning: Fulfilling Human Potential; Space: Improving Life on Earth.