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

Since launching the Best British Tech Pioneer competition in 2013, KPMG has shone a spotlight on the game changers, disruptors and tech titans of tomorrow. This year is no different.

Following the success of the competition in the UK, we’re taking it global and have now expanded the competition to include technology innovators in at least 17 other countries across most major regions of the world.

At KPMG Private Enterprise we understand the difference 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 no longer accepting applications for the 2021 competition. For your next opportunity to pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions, pre-register your interest in next year’s competition and a member of the team will be in touch.

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The 2021 Tech Innovator in the UK winner: FIDO Tech

FIDO Tech uses AI to detect water leaks and leak size in real time from any audio or vibration file, with more than 92% accuracy. They have been crowned KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the UK having delivered a winning pitch to a panel of UK tech industry experts and beating 13 other fast growth companies from across the UK.

For further details, view the press release here.

We can’t wait to see FIDO Tech compete with over 17 other countries at the Global Tech Innovator event – to be held at Web Summit in Lisbon this November!

Meet this year's Tech Innovator in the UK finalists!

Almost 200 applications, 7 regional heats and 14 finalists later, we’re ready to crown this year's KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the UK. 

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From tech innovator to future tech titan – finalists will receive an unrivalled platform to profile your 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 at Web Summit 2021, Lisbon, in November.
  • 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 at Web Summit 2021, Lisbon, in November.

Applications for 2021 have now closed. Pre-register your interest here for next year’s competition.

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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 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 the UK
  • 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 the UK semi-final event in early June, 2021
  • Available to pitch virtually at the UK final event on 14 July, 2021
  • If selected as a finalist, be available to pitch at the global final at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2021
  • The competition will not be open to any company which is a KPMG audit client or an affiliate or a connected party to the audit client
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.

Applications for 2021 have now closed. Pre-register your interest here for next year’s competition.

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Q: How can I participate in the competition?
A: Applications for 2021 have now closed. Pre-register your interest here for next year’s competition.

Q: Who can apply?
A: Any technology entrepreneur that has operated for less than 5 years and is registered and based in the UK 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 the UK and aged 18 years or over. KPMG employees and contractors are prohibited from entering the competition.
The competition will not be open to any company which is a KPMG audit client or an affiliate or a connected party to the audit client.

Q: When can I apply?
A: Applications are now closed. Applications were open from Monday 29 March, 2021 to Friday 7 May, 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
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.


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.


Q: What does the winner get?
A: The UK winner will receive exposure and recognition through local media coverage and KPMG corporate channels. The UK winner will also be put forward as a finalist 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: The UK winner will be notified on the day of the final. The winner and shortlisted finalists 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 announcedat 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 2021 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

Applications for 2021 have now closed. Pre-register your interest here for next year’s competition.

More than £11.6bn was invested in UK scaleups in 2020. If you’re pushing the boundaries in tech and are ready to grow at pace, this is your chance to put your plans in front of key influencers.

Bina Mehta
Chair, KPMG UK and Head of Emerging Giants

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Hear from past winners

We’re looking for inspirational Tech Innovators across the country who are building amazing businesses that have the potential to change the game both in the UK and globally.

Kevin Smith
Global Co-Chair of Private Enterprise’s Emerging Giants Centre of Excellence

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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 to be crowned the Tech Innovator in their respective countries. The country winner will then be selected to participate in a global final at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal in November.

Who will take the global crown?

Compete on the global stage

Participating countries include Africa, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, and Qatar.

About KPMG Private Enterprise

You know KPMG, you might not know KPMG Private Enterprise. KPMG Private Enterprise advisers in KPMG firms around the world are dedicated to working with you and your business, no matter where you are in your growth journey — whether you’re looking to reach new heights, embrace technology, plan for an exit, or manage the transition of wealth or your business to the next generation. You gain access to KPMG’s global resources through a single point of contact — a trusted adviser to your company. It is a local touch with a global reach.

The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Network for Emerging Giants has 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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