The Druid Collective


    Helping deep tech startups

    hit escape velocity.







  • Our Mission

    The Druid Collective is an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL) and Technology Pioneers focused on helping breakthrough science- and R&D-based startups around the world to become successful companies.

  • Our Motivation

    For more than two hundred years, science and engineering have been generating great inventions that changed the face of humanity and made the world a much better, safer, and comfortable place to live in. As we are standing on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution, there has never been a greater promise of incredibly sounding new technologies. This promise is further amplified by the fact that great science and engineering are no longer restricted to a few dozen countries.


    Yet, many if not most of the great new inventions will probably never make it all the way to the final consumer. The journey from a great scientific output to full commercialization is extremely long, risky, and expensive. It can easily cost tens of millions of euros and take even ten or more years. Moreover, building science- and engineering-based companies - "deep tech" start ups - requires a lot of deep industry expertise and experience. Unless they are based in a handful of locations, such as Silicon Valley or Cambridge, entrepreneurs building deep tech companies are extremely unlikely to get access to the right people and capital – and are therefore almost doomed to fail.


    The Druid Collective has set out to break this spell and ensure that potentially world-changing deep tech innovations achieve a great success no matter what part of the world they originally come from.

  • What We Do

    We harness the power of the YGL network and larger World Economic Forum community to support the deep technology community through:

    Advising startups

    We introduce startups to mentors, institutions, and investors that can help propel the development of their deep tech solutions.

    Policy advocacy & advice

    We advise key stakeholders, such as governments on how to improve the investment and regulatory space for deep startups.


    We host events at World Economic Forum meetings, including at its Annual Meeting in Davos and at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China.

  • Who We Are

    The Druids are a diverse group of YGLs, Global Shapers, and Tech Pioneers committed to accelerating the growth of deep technology companies. Our members include:

    Martin Bruncko

    Founder and Partner

    Steam Capital

    Calvin Chin


    E14 Fund

    Mike Moradi



    Douglas Corley


    DH Bioinvest

    Akira Kirton

    Managing Partner

    BP Ventures

    Raphael Schoentgen



    Tom Hulme

    General Partner

    Google Ventures​

    Bruno Sanchez

    Vice President


    Marjolein Helder

    Founder and CEO


    Kees Aarts

    Founder and CEO


    Thibaud Le Séguillon

    Founder and CEO

    Heliatek GmbH

    Kamel Taha


    AT Kearnery

    Mark Pollock


    Mark Pollock Trust

    Tony Pan

    Founder and CEO

    Modern Electron

    Michael Altendorf

    Founder and CEO


    Hanson Cheah

    Managing Partner

    Draper Athena