Industry: Software

Products and Services: Financial management and human capital management software

Headquarters: Pleasanton, CA (USA)


Six years after launching an integrated global HR and talent management platform that enables large organizations to manage everything in the cloud, Workday went public at a $9.5B capitalization. It hasn’t slowed down. Conceived and launched by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield, Workday targets many of the same companies that previously bought PeopleSoft’s ERP software with modern software designed for the agile business of the 21st-century.

Industry: Automotive

Products and Services: Autonomous vehicles

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA (USA)


The world is moving to a self-driving future. When it finally arrives depends on the R&D success of companies like Waymo. Originated as Google's self-driving car project in 2009, Waymo was formally spun out from Google’s corporate research lab (X Moonshot Factory) in Q4 2016. Waymo’s investment in technologies like LIDAR and 3D mapping is focussed on autonomous cars, trucks and buses that can operate with zero human intervention.

Industry: Life Sciences

Products and Services: Solutions to prevent disease and improve quality of life

Headquarters: South San Francisco, CA (USA)


Formerly known as Google Life Sciences, Verily is Alphabet Inc’s research organization created to address important health and medicine challenges. Verily’s multidisciplinary team of doctors, engineers, chemists, and data scientists are working on a wide variety of projects, ranging from wearable medical devices and miniature sensors to detect cancer and other ailments, to clinical research and medical software development.

Industry: Automotive and Energy

Products and Services: Electric cars, solar power, energy storage

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA (USA)


The company that made electric cars cool, Tesla became the biggest “green tech” brand by proving that instant torque, incredible power, and zero emissions will thrill and captivate consumers. No longer just an automaker, Tesla is building a fossil-fuel-free lifestyle brand that delivers solar-generated power and convenience while accelerating - and validating - the world’s inevitable transition to sustainable energy.

Industry: Oil and Gas

Products and Services: Systems and services for well completion and optimization

Headquarters: Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)


Tendeka provides the upstream oil and gas industry with a diverse range of completion systems, services, and production optimization technologies. Service expertise and technology, such as sand and inflow control, fracturing, zonal Isolation, wireless technologies and data interpretation solutions, help producers around the world manage and optimize reservoir performance. By enhancing production, and increasing overall recovery from complex reservoirs, Tendeka ensures that as little oil and gas remains in the ground as possible.

Industry: Oil and Gas

Products and Services: Marine engineering, construction and services

Headquarters: London, UK


As the global search for oil and gas reserves expands into ever deeper waters, exploration companies look to Subsea 7 S.A. for seabed-to-surface engineering and construction expertise. Headquartered in London, Subsea 7 S.A. is a $6.5B presence across the globe. A strong IP portfolio provides the backbone of a diverse service menu that helps energy companies develop oil and gas reserves in increasingly challenging marine environments.

Industry: Cycling

Products and Services: Bicycles, parts, accessories and apparel

Headquarters: Morgan Hill, CA (USA)


“Innovate or Die” has been the official motto of the world's third-largest bike company since 1981. Now in its fifth decade of industry leadership, Specialized’s enthusiasm for R&D has made it a prominent brand in professional cycling. The choice of Tour de France winners and world champions, Specialized’s innovations in textiles, metals and carbon fiber continue to deliver better comfort and performance for all riders of all abilities.

Industry: Housewares

Products and Services: Premium kitchen and bath products

Headquarters: Torrance, CA (USA)


Simplehuman founder Frank Yang is his industry’s version of James Dyson, confidently investing in R&D before transforming a moribund product category. Using the idea of touch-free operation and patented sensor technology, Yang created a market for a high-end garbage can. Simplehuman’s “Tools for Efficient Living” brand now encompasses premium trash cans, touch-free soap pumps, shower caddies and magnified sensor-activated vanity mirrors, which are available worldwide.

Industry: Energy

Products and Services: Power generation solutions

Headquarters: Glastonbury, CT (USA)


Leveraging Pratt & Whitney’s advanced aircraft engine technology, Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) builds gas turbine and geothermal power systems that power everything from small businesses to small cities. Its aero-derivative turbines generate electrical power, as well as provide mechanical drive for shipping, gas compression, and liquid pumping. WIth installations in over 40 countries, PWPS’ investment in R&D is improving quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

Industry: Electronics

Products and Services: Wireless charging products for consumer and industrial applications

Headquarters: Auckland, New Zealand


Spun out of the University of Auckland, PowerbyProxi is leading a revolution to deliver unplugged power to billions of mobile phones, and other battery-powered devices. Offering solutions ranging from less than 1 Watt to Kilowatts, PowerByProxi enables its customers to wirelessly transfer reliable, efficient power to miniaturised receivers inside phones and wearable devices, as well as mission critical industrial applications such as wind turbine control systems.

Industry: Electronics

Products and Services: Flexible electronic displays

Headquarters: Skokie, IL (USA)


While flexible, wearable graphic displays seem more Hollywood than real-life, expect to see consumer electronics products using Polyera’s Wove™ Band hit markets in 2016. After a decade of chemistry and physics R&D, the company has developed a new category of transistors that combine the behaviors of transistors found in traditional electronics with physical flexibility. Flexible Thin-Film Transistors, which make bendable graphic displays possible, are the core of Polyera’s digital fabric technology, and the seed of amazing innovations we will see in media, advertising, fashion and communications.

Industry: Healthcare, health and fitness

Products and Services: Data analytics system for health and wellness

Headquarters: Naperville, IL (USA)


A winner of the 2015 Market R&D Pilot Challenge (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington), PhysIQ is using data analytics to develop a personalized physiology platform for the healthcare, consumer health and fitness markets. Leveraging technology first used to monitor complex industrial systems, PhysIQ interprets wearable sensor data to personalize individual baselines, then monitors and detects changes that can trigger timely intervention. Big Data and the body’s “signals” are a match that could save lives.

Industry: Power generation

Products and Services: Modular nuclear power generators

Headquarters: Tigard, OR (USA)


The benefits of carbon-free nuclear power without the risks. This is the objective and engineering challenge NuScale Power is pursuing with the assistance of private industry, academia, and government. A promising public-private partnership whose investors include Fluor Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy, NuScale Power is developing economical and safe pressurized water reactor technology, and expects to unveil its first modularized facility in 2024.

Industry: Metrology, the science of measurement

Products and Services: Metrology solutions for inspection and measurement

Headquarters: Leuven, Belgium


X-rays, lasers, CNC video, microscopes, and 3D scanning technologies are an increasingly important part of modern manufacturing in consumer goods, automotive, aerospace, electronics and medical device industries. Nikon Metrology’s product portfolio delivers state-of-the-art vision measuring, optical inspection and mechanical 3D metrology to inspect, measure and confirm production precision and quality.

Industry: Software

Products and Services: Handwriting recognition and digital ink

Headquarters: Nantes, France


Although written language dates beyond 3,000 BCE, MyScript is working to ensure it remains a viable human machine interface in our digital world. Since 1998, it has been developing and combining artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and digital ink management technology to make tablets and mobile devices writing-friendly. MyScript’s core technology powers handwriting recognition engines used in popular forms processing and note taking applications that offer the convenience of handwriting and the capabilities of word processing.

Industry: Industrial imaging

Products and Services: Microscopy and imaging

Headquarters: Wetzlar, Germany


A Danaher company since 2005, Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopy and imaging products and software so neurosurgeons can be confident, manufacturers can guarantee quality and crime labs can be sure. The product line is available in over 100 countries where macro-, micro- and nanostructures await the attention of a Leica-branded innovation manufactured in one of its eight factories.

Industry: Materials, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals

Products and Services: Wide range of products and services

Headquarters: Atlanta, GA (USA)


One of the largest privately held companies in the USA, J.M. Huber Corporation is also one of the most diverse, operating almost 20 subsidiaries in a range of industries; from agrochemicals, cosmetics and flame retardants, to paints and pharmaceuticals. By leveraging an extensive R&D program, J.M. Huber has been able to create technology and product leadership in growth markets, such as hydrocolloids, specialty chemicals and minerals, and engineered woods.

Industry: Semiconductors

Products and Services: Communications, computing, and power management

Headquarters: San Jose, CA (USA)


IDT (NASDAQ: IDTI) focuses its R&D program in three principal areas: communications infrastructure (wireless and wired), high-performance computing, and advanced power management. Innovations born in its Ottawa, Munich and Malaysia design centers have helped win new customers in communications, computing, consumer, automotive and industrial sectors, while driving strong year-over-year (2016: 21.7% and 2015: 18.1%) sales growth.

Industry: Hardware and Software

Products and Services: Motion systems for entertainment and industrial applications

Headquarters: Longueuil, QC, Canada


D-BOX Technologies (TSX: DBO) creates realistic and immersive motion systems and experiences for global entertainment, industrial and military customers. Its patented technology connects on-screen content with movement systems integrated into platforms, seats and other products to make training sessions more realistic, simulations more challenging, and movie watching far more dynamic. D-Box seating is installed in movie theaters in more than 30 countries.

Industry: Life Sciences

Products and Services: Genomics sequencing hardware, software and services

Headquarters: Mountain View, CA (USA)


By combining genome sequencing hardware, chemistry, and software, Complete Genomics is helping researchers and clinicians understand, prevent, diagnose, and fight disease. Heavy investment in R&D, and the ability to leverage its IP to create proprietary sequencing instruments caught the attention of the life sciences industry, and the world’s largest genomics services company. Acquired by BGI-Shenzen in 2013, Complete Genomics continues to unravel the mysteries of human health from its offices and labs in California.

Industry: IT Security

Products and Services: Security, networking and storage products

Headquarters: Campbell, CA (USA)


With 150,000 customers in more than 100 countries, Barracuda Networks (NYSE: CUDA) is a Silicon Valley IT security powerhouse and category leader. Its powerful security and storage solutions help companies address security threats, improve network performance, and protect and store data. Barracuda has demonstrated a keen ability to develop IP internally, as well as acquire and successfully integrate promising startups.

Industry: Database marketing

Products and Services: Marketing intelligence and operations

Headquarters: Conway, AR (USA)


The world's largest processor of consumer data, Axciom (NASDAQ: ACXM) collects and analyzes petabytes of consumer and company information, transforming it into business intelligence that enables sophisticated customer acquisition targeting and engagement. Half of the Fortune 100 and 12 of the top 15 credit card issuers use Axciom to help target ten of billions of dollars in advertising and marketing campaigns.

Industry: Renewable Energy

Products and Services: Biomass conversion to biofuel

Headquarters: Surrey, UK


A multi-award winning cleantech innovator, Antaco is commercializing its Hydrothermal Carbonization technology to convert biomass into biocoal, a carbon neutral replacement for fossil coal used in power stations and individual boilers. By cost-effectively diverting organic waste from landfills and decreasing CO2 emissions, Antaco expects to play a critical and sustainable role in power generation and sustainable resource management in the 21st century.