Global Tech Innovator Competition (GTIC) 2021 India finale

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

KPMG in India has always valued startups as a key value driver for growth of industry and the nation. Over the past decade, the hyper-acceleration of innovative technology products and services is transforming human behaviour as people adopt new technology solutions to work and stay connected socially. It has changed consumer behaviour with the acceleration of online retail, food delivery and entertainment. Fintech, ed-tech and tele-health are revolutionising the delivery and use of financial, education and healthcare services.

In our endeavour to promote start-ups, MSME's, soonicorn and unicorn companies, we are pleased to launch our inaugural KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Challenge (GTIC) - India competition to recognize India's leading tech innovators and future tech titans. The Winner of the India Finals will compete with technology entrepreneurs across 15 other countries in most major regions of the world. You’ll pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions to a panel of industry experts.

We recognise that companies like yours are leading this transformation and setting the pace of change. Whether yours is a pure technology company or you are tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, we want to hear from you.

To get started, tell us about you, your business and your ambitions.

  • Exposure: Pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions. Winning companies will be featured in KPMG’s “Winners Report” and local media profiles.

  • Recognition: Profile your business throughout the competition, leveraging local and global KPMG channels.

  • Networking: Connect with like-minded peers, key industry experts and influencers both locally and globally.

  • Go global: Winners will automatically progress to the Global Tech Innovator final, to be hosted in Lisbon, November 2021.

Applicants are typically technology entrepreneurs who are successfully making the transition from the startup 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:

  • An Indian registered company

  • Have been actively operating for 5 years or less (in current form)

  • Revenue generating between USD1-15M; or have raised at least USD500k in equity

  • Either a pure technology or a tech-enabled business

  • Not majority owned by a large corporate.

What are we looking for?

Each pitching competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts. 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.

  • Available to virtually pitch at a country semi-final event in the timeline outlined by country of origin (if applicable)

  • Available to virtually pitch at a country final event in the timeline outlined by country of origin

  • Available to pitch at the global final at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2021 (if selected).

  • All pitches to be delivered in English.

Applications ››

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 27 June 2021.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Any technology entrepreneur that has operated for less than 5 years and is registered and based in India 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 residents in India and aged 18 years or over. KPMG employees and contractors are prohibited from entering the competition.

Q: When can I apply?

A: Applications are open now and close on Sunday, 27 June 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 experts. 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 and pitch quality. The decisions of the panel will be final.

Winners ››

Q: What do winners get?

A: India winners will receive exposure and recognition through local media coverage and KPMG corporate channels. The India winners will also be put forward as finalists in the Global Tech Innovator competition, which will take place at Web Summit 2021, Lisbon, in November.

The finalists will be provided with standard class flights/travel, hotel accommodation and one conference pass to attend Web Summit. Finalists will also be provided an opportunity to exhibit their products or services at the conference.

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

Q: How and when will the winners be notified?

A: India winners will be notified on the day of the final. Winners will also be profiled in the KPMG “Winners Report”, and in KPMG’s quarterly 2021 Venture Pulse report. The Global Tech Innovator winner will be announced on stage at Web Summit 2021 in November.

Further information ››

Q: What are the costs involved in participation?

A: There is no charge for entering into the competition, although all costs related to attendance at the semi-final and country finals must be covered by the participants themselves, where they are being held in person. KPMG will cover the cost of standard class flights/travel, accommodation and conference passes for the finalists who are invited to present in Portugal at Web Summit 2021 in November.

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: Unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Due to the volume of entries received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback to each unsuccessful applicant.

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

The Global Tech Innovator Competition (GTIC) was launched in India as a marquee property of KPMG to focus primarily on innovative tech startups, who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Through this competition, we hope to provide a ready platform for the PE/VC community to witness some upcoming startups in India and provide them with access to a global platform, thereby helping them grow. My heartfelt congratulations to Worxogo Solutions Private Limited for their outstanding performance in the competition and I wish them the very best for representing the country at the finals scheduled to take place at the Global Web Summit in Lisbon, later in the year.

Amarjeet Singh
Partner, National Lead - Emerging Giants and Startups
KPMG in India