We want to recognize today’s leading tech innovators on a local and global scale

The inaugural KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator Competition will recognize leading Canadian tech innovators and future tech titans.

At KPMG we understand the impact that technology trailblazers like you are having on the world. Whether yours is a pure technology company or you’re tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, we want to hear from you.

We’re inviting you to compete with technology entrepreneurs across Canada – and around the world. You’ll pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions to a panel of industry professionals.

Wherever you are in your business lifecycle – from early-stage growth to getting ready to accelerate your expansion – our aim is to help you achieve your ambition and take your business to the next level.

Winner

Certn

National finalists

Quebec:
Timechain

Eastern Canada:
Synapse

Western Canada:
Certn

Semi-finalists

Quebec:
Koios Intelligence
Plannit
UgoWork
Services Makila Inc.
Timechain

​Eastern Canada:
Avalon Holographics
Blue J Legal
Pitstop
DealMaker
Synapse

Western Canada:
WPIC Marketing + Technologies
Matidor.com
SkyHive
Certn

From tech innovator to future tech titan – finalists will receive an unrivalled platform to profile their business:

  • Exposure: Pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions. Winning companies will be featured in KPMG’s “Winners Report” and local media profiles. They will also receive global attention among key influencers.
  • Recognition: Profile your business throughout the competition, leveraging KPMG channels.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded peers, key industry professionals and influencers both locally and globally.
  • Going global: Winners will automatically progress to the Global Tech Innovator final, providing a chance for global exposure and acclaim.

The Canadian tech landscape has quickly gone from home grown to global, and this competition will shine a bright light on our nation’s trailblazers. Although there will be one Canadian winner, in the end, the entire Canadian tech eco-system will share the honour

Sunil Mistry
Audit Partner
Tech, Media & Telecom

What makes a Global Tech Innovator?

Applicants are typically technology entrepreneurs, who are successfully making the transition from the start-up phase to the next stage in the growth of their businesses. They have developed innovative, proven technologies, established robust business models, demonstrated traction and have the potential to scale up globally.

To be eligible for the competition, you must:

  • Be a registered company in Canada (excluding companies whose headquarters are in Quebec and Quebec residents). If you're a Quebec resident or your company's headquarters are in Quebec, visit our Quebec Tech Innovator competition here.
  • Have been actively operating for 5 years or less (in the current form)
  • Generate revenue between US $1 million and $15 million; or have raised at least US $500,000 in equity
  • Be either a pure technology or a tech-enabled, tech-driven or tech-led business
  • Not be majority owned by a large corporate
  • Conduct all pitches in English
  • Be available to pitch at one or multiple Canadian virtual events in the timeline outlined by KPMG in Canada
  • If selected as a finalist, be available to pitch at the global finals competition

What are we looking for?

Each pitching competition will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. All applications will be scored based on six, equally-weighted criteria:

  1. Disruption and innovation
  2. Market potential
  3. Customer adoption
  4. Market traction and marketing
  5. Long-term potential
  6. Pitch quality

The decisions of the panel will be final.

What do you need to know to apply?

Q: How can I participate in the competition?
A: To enter the competition, you must fill out the online application form for your company before the application deadline of July 9, 2021.

Q: Who can apply?
A: Any technology entrepreneur that has operated for less than 5 years and is registered and based in Canada (excluding companies whose headquarters are in Quebec and Quebec residents) can apply. Applicants must have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to scale up. All entrants entering the competition on behalf of the company must be Canadian residents (excluding companies whose headquarters are in Quebec and Quebec residents) and aged 18 years or over. KPMG employees and contractors are prohibited from entering the competition. If you're a Quebec resident or your company's headquarters are in Quebec, visit our Quebec Tech Innovator competition here.

Q: When can I apply?
A: Applications are open from May 12, 2021 and close on July 9, 2021.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of entries?
A: During the application period, there is no limit to the number of companies that can apply, however we request that no more than one application per company is submitted.

Q: What information do I need to provide?
A: If you’d like to apply, here’s what we’ll need:

  • Company details
    • Name, address, company registration number, contact details
  • CEO, founder and management team details
  • A brief description of the company, business model, any media coverage and proprietary technology (maximum of 200 words)
  • Details on funding raised to date, 2020 revenue figures and projections for 2021
  • A high-resolution image of your company logo

Selection Criteria

Q: How do I know if my company qualifies?
A: We aim to be as inclusive as possible; whether you’re a pure technology company or tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, we want to hear about your growth ambitions.

Q: What stage should my company be at to be considered?
A: We are looking for companies that have been operating for 5 years or less, and must have a viable product or service.

Pitching

Q: What is the pitching format?
A: Each company will be given a total of approximately 10 minutes to both pitch and answer questions from a judging panel. All presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint or PDF file format. A detailed pack outlining requirements will be shared with shortlisted businesses when appropriate.

Q: What is the judging criteria?
A: Each pitching competition will be judged by a panel of industry and KPMG specialists. All applications will be scored based on six, equally-weighted criteria. The criteria are:

  • Disruption and innovation
  • Market potential
  • Customer adoption
  • Market traction and marketing
  • Long-term potential
  • Pitch quality

The decisions of the panel will be final.

Winners

Q: What do winners get?
A: The Canadian winner will receive exposure and recognition through local media coverage and KPMG corporate channels. The Canadian winner will also be put forward as a finalist in the Global Tech Innovator competition.

The prizes cannot be substituted for cash or any other alternatives.

Q: How and when will the winners be notified?
A: The Canadian winner will be notified on the day of the final. The winner will also be profiled in the KPMG “Winners Report”, and in KPMG’s quarterly 2021 Venture Pulse report. The Global Tech Innovator winner will announced at the global finals.

Further information

Q: What are the costs involved in participation?
A: There is no charge for entering into the Canadian competition.

Q: Is there any publicity involved?
A: KPMG Private Enterprise will be promoting the pitch heats alongside various partners throughout the course of the competition. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with your entry may be held and used by KPMG to administer the competition.

If you are a winner of the competition, you agree that KPMG may use your name, image and company branding to announce the winner of the competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional and marketing purposes.

Q: Will I receive feedback on my application?
A: All unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Due to the volume of entries received, we are only able to provide detailed feedback to a limited number of unsuccessful applicants.

We value the time and effort put into each submission and thank you for your participation.

Q: Who do I get in touch with for further information?
A: For any further information please email inquiries@kpmg.ca

About the global competition

For the first time, KPMG Private Enterprise will be crowning a Global Tech Innovator. The most exciting, early-stage tech innovators will compete in the Canadian competition. The Canadian winner will then participate in a global final competition.

Participating countries include:
Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Nordics, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA

Who will take the global crown?
 

About KPMG in Canada

We are always looking at the big picture to understand where you want to take your business, so that we can deliver ideas, insights and actions to help get you there faster.

Our team works to provide you with a comprehensive 360-degree view of your operations, so that we can apply our local knowledge and global resources to help make your business better and gain momentum.

KPMG in Canada is part of a global network with extensive knowledge and experience working with the startup ecosystem. Whether you are looking to establish your operations, raise capital, expand abroad, or simply comply with regulatory requirements — we can help.

From seed to speed, we’re here throughout your journey.
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