Each year KPMG invites mobile startups based in the UK to take part in the Best British Mobile Startup competition
Our annual Best British Mobile Startup Competition provides an unrivalled opportunity for British tech businesses to raise their profile, gain access to investment opportunities, corporate connections and a booth to present their startup to over 100,000 industry players.
For the 2018 competition, we invited applicants to pitch their business to a panel of industry experts at four regional events in Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and London. Each of the regional winners won a trip to pitch at the final which took place at the 4YFN stage at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
1. Raise your startup’s profile
You’ll have the chance to pitch in front of major industry players, all looking for the next potential startup to invest in. Should you succeed and get to the final in Barcelona, you could be recognised worldwide as one to watch.
MWC is the biggest mobile event in the world, filled with over 100,000 industry influencers and your attendance could possibly lead to new, long-lasting and important connections.
3. Investment opportunities
On average, the MWC hosts over 700 investors, all of whom are searching for the next unicorn to get involved with – and with some of the country’s best mobile businesses on display in our competition, the final will be one of the first places they’ll look!
4. Corporate connections
MWC aims to bridge the gap between corporations and start-ups in a mutually beneficial way. An established corporation can open doors to clients, partnerships and distribution channels that your start-up would otherwise struggle to access.
5. See the latest innovations in mobile tech
This is where the pioneers of mobile technology will be coming together launching products, discussing ideas for the future and presenting the latest innovations. You’ll have the opportunity to see the direction the industry is taking, and be able to apply this knowledge to your start-up.
6. You could learn a thing or two
Throughout the event, there’ll be speakers, seminars, lectures and workshops dedicated to helping your startup succeed. With a huge host of speakers lined up, it’s a great opportunity to explore how a startup can evolve into a billion-dollar business.
7. Get to know the start-up community
Over 600 new startups exhibit at MWC, and plenty more attend as visitors. It’s why the MWC makes for a great event where you’ll find a strong network of support that could help with the future of your business.
8. Get inspired and energised
With so much going on at MWC, it is impossible not to feed off the energy the event provides. You’ll return to work the week after fuelled with passion, fresh ideas and strategies for success.
9. A chance to show off
Use this chance to demonstrate your expertise and the benefits of your products. Take part in competitions, hackathons, conferences, meet-ups and a whole host of other events to demonstrate what you know.
10. You get to go to Barcelona
Sun, sea, sand and all in the name of business – who could pass that up?
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