The search is on to find the UK’s top tech innovators

KPMG Private Enterprise launches global competition to find tech titans of tomorrow.

KPMG Private Enterprise launches global competition to find tech titans of tomorrow.

KPMG has launched its annual search for the UK’s top tech innovator which has seen previous winners such as Echo and What3Words go on to become household names.

Following the success of KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer, which has been running for the last seven years and uncovered a host of tech unicorns, the competition is going global –  it has expanded to include technology innovators in at least 15 other countries across most major regions of the world.

The competition is open to scaleup businesses from early-stage to accelerated growth, who are being invited to pitch their innovations and present their growth ambitions to panels of local and global industry experts.

Participants will have the opportunity to be recognised as one of the UK’s most successful technology innovators. Shortlisted businesses will be provided with exclusive networking opportunities among industry experts, their peers and other tech innovators.  The Tech Innovator in the UK winner, and the winner in each of the other participating countries, will progress to the Global Tech Innovator final at the Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon in November, where they will be compete on the global stage.

Commenting on the competition, Bina Mehta, UK Chair and Head of Emerging Giants for KPMG in the UK, said:

“The UK technology sector attracts investment and talent from across the globe and it’s an essential contributor to the health of our economy. Over the years, this competition has uncovered some of the most exciting and fast growth businesses that the UK has to offer, such as Babylon Health, What3Words and VividQ.

“We are very excited that the competition is now going global, as we look to support the continued growth of the top tech innovators who are either hidden gems in our huge tech ecosystem or leading the way in disruption and innovative thinking. Whether they are tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, we’re inviting our unicorns of tomorrow to consider this extraordinary opportunity to take their businesses to the next level and get access to vital networks that no fast-growing tech company will want to miss.” 


About the competition

The KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator competition is being hosted in the following countries. The tech innovator finalist in each country will be invited to pitch on the world stage at Web Summit 2021 where they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their growth plans.

ꟷ     Bahrain

ꟷ     Brazil

ꟷ     Canada

ꟷ     Germany

ꟷ     India 

ꟷ     Ireland 

ꟷ     Israel

ꟷ     Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

ꟷ     Mexico 

ꟷ     Peru

ꟷ     Portugal

ꟷ     South Africa 

ꟷ     Spain

ꟷ     UK

ꟷ     United Arab Emirates 

ꟷ     USA


Applications are now open for the competition at KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator - KPMG United Kingdom (


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About KPMG Private Enterprise

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