We want to recognise Ireland’s emerging tech innovators on a local and global scale

Following the success of our inaugural 2021 KPMG Global Tech Innovator competition, we’re on the hunt again for the next ‘big thing’ in tech.

At KPMG we know that some of the world’s best and most innovative tech companies started in Ireland and we want to give your company the chance to own the stage and take your business to the next level. Whether yours is a pure technology company or you’re tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, this is an opportunity not to be missed. 

Watch our Ireland Final

We’re excited to have secured such a fantastic panel of judges. With significant expertise across the technology space, from investors, to founders, leaders and advisors, we’re well positioned to select Ireland’s leading tech innovator of 2022, who will go onto compete against their global peers in what is sure to be an exciting final in Lisbon in November.

This year's competition

Our competition is now closed to new entries for 2022. We will be announcing this year’s shortlist soon.

Want to size up the competition?

Last year, the Irish competition was won by CattleEye, a Belfast-founded company which has harnessed the capabilities of advanced AI in video analytics to deliver the world’s first academically verified autonomous livestock monitoring platform. Hear from CattleEye and the other 2021 finalists here.

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Our judges

Anne Sheehan

Anne Sheehan

Anne Sheehan joined Microsoft Ireland as general manager in October 2021, taking responsibility for the sales, marketing, and services business across the island of Ireland - with a particular focus on delivering business transformation with Microsoft’s customers and partners within the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Microsoft, Anne was Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK. Anne is passionate about partnering with Irish organisations to work together towards an innovative and progressive digital world.

Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly is the founder and CEO of eShopWorld (ESW), the global direct to consumer ecommerce partner chosen by the world leading brands to power their international expansion. ESW is an award-winning global technology company employing more than 600 people. Brands using ESW’s solutions and services can seamlessly extend their online offering into international markets and provide a best in class domestic-equivalent shopping experience to their customers.

Elaine Coughlan

Elaine Coughlan

Elaine Coughlan is a co-founder and managing partner of Atlantic Bridge, a global technology fund. Atlantic Bridge is headquartered in Ireland with a portfolio of over 80 technology companies across sectors including cyber security, semiconductors, software, and life sciences. She was a co-founder of Glonav, a GPS software and semiconductor company acquired by NXP.  Elaine has 30 years of experience in the technology industry as a founder, executive and investor. She is a Board member of Enterprise Ireland and a member of the investment committee of British Patient Capital and has been named one of Europe’s Top 50 Inspiring Women in Technology.

Chris McClelland

Chris McClelland

Chris McClelland is a founding partner at Broadstone, Ireland's first dedicated pre-seed fund. As a founder, Chris created one of the first mobile app development agencies responsible for shipping the first mobile apps for eighty companies, including Mailchimp and Eharmony, to over 11 million users. Chris is best known for Brewbot which was backed by some of Silicon Valley's best-known entrepreneurs. Most recently Chris was Managing Director of IgniteNI designing and leading 8 programmes supporting 111 companies, including Cloudsmith, Overwatch, MedAll, Machinery Partner and Eolas Medical.

Seamus Hand

Seamus Hand

Seamus Hand is the managing partner of KPMG Ireland and is a member of KPMG's Global and EMA boards. Seamus was first elected as managing partner in 2019 and was recently re-elected for a second term.  Seamus has led KPMG in Ireland to record growth in 2021, continuing its position as the number one professional services firm in Ireland. The firm has committed to significant investment in digital platforms to support collaboration and innovation while also facilitating the latest emerging ways of working.

  

Compete on the global stage

The countries/regions/jurisdictions participating in the 2022 competition include: Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan,  the UK and the US.

The KPMG Global Tech Innovator competition showcases entrepreneurs across industries who are innovating to become the tech leaders of tomorrow.