Krilltech crowned the 2021 Global Tech Innovator winner!

Krilltech has been developing nanobiotech solutions to increase crop productivity and quality in an economical and environmentally sustainable manner since 2015 - assisting plant growth and plant health as well as shielding them.

They were crowned as the KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator, having delivered a winning pitch to a panel of tech industry experts and beating 16 other fast growth companies from across the globe. For further details, view the press release here.  

You can register below if you’re interested in competing in next year's competition.  

Which companies competed in the Global Tech Innovator final?



Tech Innovator in Germany 2021

21strategies transforms the annual currency and commodity exposure hedging market by operating hedge21®. The proprietary B2B AI provides algorithmic and systematic decisioning for the protection of the EBIT of international corporates and hedge funds.

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Tech Innovator in Ireland 2021

CattleEye harnesses the capabilities of advanced AI in video analytics to deliver the world’s first academically verified autonomous livestock monitoring platform. It provides a completely new way of monitoring and gaining insights on dairy cows simply by walking them under a security camera.

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Tech Innovator in Canada 2021

Certn delivers fast, friendly and comprehensive background screening that helps businesses make fact-based hiring decisions, lowers hiring costs and improves the user experience for applicants and recruiters.

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Tech Innovator in Portugal 2021

DefinedCrowd is a trusted AI data partner offering an overarching infrastructure of solutions which all focus on making AI smarter. The broad scope of products ranges from off-the-shelf data to customized AI solutions.

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Tech Innovator in the UK 2021

FIDO AI is the only data-as-a-service (DaaS) end-to-end leak detection solution which identifies leaks and the size of leaks to hit water losses hard. Fido AI also spots trends for predictive analysis, is scalable and have over 92 percent accuracy.

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Tech Innovator in Mexico 2021 is flipping the way homes are sold in Mexico. With a deep layer of technology and data, Flat simplifies the painful process of buying or selling a home. can sell your home in less than 10 days and offers fully renovated homes at a much lower price than new ones.

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Tech Innovator in Israel 2021

Identiq is a peer-to-peer identity verification network that allows companies to validate new users and vouch for ones they trust — without sharing any sensitive customer data or identifiable information whatsoever.

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Tech Innovator in Taiwan 2021

InfuseAI built by PrimeHub, is an open-source pluggable MLOps platform. PrimeHub equips enterprises with consistent yet flexible tools to develop, train, and deploy ML models at scale. By improving the iterative process of data science, data teams can collaborate and innovate better.

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Tech Innovator in Africa 2021

Khula! is a digital ecosystem providing small-size and commercial-size farmers with software and a marketplace to grow their businesses.

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Tech Innovator in the United Arab Emirates 2021

KLAIM is a platform that aims to make healthcare billing simple for payers and providers by uniquely combining Technology and Finance. They streamline the claims submission and adjudication process using artificial intelligence and offer a dedicated network and payment solution which helps healthcare providers get paid within 7 days.

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Tech Innovator in Brazil 2021

Since 2015, Krilltech has been developing nanobiotech solutions to increase crop productivity and quality in an economical and environmentally sustainable manner - assisting plant growth and plant health as well as shielding them from climate change.

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Tech Innovator in Saudi Arabia 2021

Natufia is the world's first fully integrated and automated indoor smart hydroponic kitchen garden a fully contained standup cabinet gardening system created for at-home food growing offering families a holistic forward-visioning solution to healthy living.

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Tech Innovator in Spain 2021 helps companies grow and compete by taking full advantage of AI, combining advanced machine learning at scale, with professional services from experts in several AI disciplines.

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Tech Innovator in Qatar 2021

Skipcash is a mobile payment app that uses QR codes for payments. It helps consumers reduce their dependency on paper money and merchants to accept digital payments with less hardware and lower costs.

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Tech Innovator in Bahrain 2021

Taajer is a network-centric B2B trade platform uniting wholesalers and retailers under one digital roof. It helps facilitate transactions where retailers can buy goods at the best rates and benefit from exclusive deals offered by wholesalers.

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Tech Innovator in the US 2021

Vendr is a software-as-a-service (Saas) buying platform which enables the world’s fastest-growing companies to purchase SaaS, without friction and at a fair price. Vendr is forever changing how companies buy and renew SaaS, with over $370 million in SaaS purchases across over 1,000 suppliers.

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Tech Innovator in India 2021

Worxogo builds high-performing sales teams with its one-of-a-kind Nudge Coach. Developed with advisors at Stanford, worxogo Nudge Coach is the only platform that improves sales productivity using behavior-led personalized coaching at scale.

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Our global competitors

The countries participating in this competition include: Africa, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA.

About the 2021 competition


From tech innovator to future tech titan – what’s in it for you?

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”, media profiles and at Web Summit 2021

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

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

The 2021 competition has now closed.

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:

  • Be a registered company in the country or region where the respective final is being held

  • 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 a country or regional semi-final event in the timeline outlined by the country of origin (if applicable)

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

  • If selected as a finalist, be available to pitch at the global final at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2021

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.

The 2021 competition has now closed.

Q: What information do I need to apply?

A: If you’d like to apply for the local country competitions, 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

Q: How do I know if my company qualifies for the local country competitions?

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 have a viable product or service.

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 do winners get?

A: Country winners will be put forward to the global final to be held at Web Summit 2021. Finalists will be provided with standard class flights/travel, hotel accommodation and one conference pass to attend Web Summit 2021. 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 Global Tech Innovator winner will be announced on stage at Web Summit 2021 in November.

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.

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: Who do I get in touch with for further information?

A: For any further information please email

The 2021 competition has now closed.



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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