KPMG has launched its annual competition to uncover future tech titans from across the UK who will go on to represent the best of British on the global stage.
The firm’s search for standout UK Tech innovators is now in its ninth year and has seen previous winners like Bicester-based FIDO Tech, and finalists from the Midlands including Nourish3d and Deep Branch Biotechnology and Huboo in the South-West go on to achieve global success and investment. Having uncovered a host of tech success stories from across the country, the competition now in its second year of going global and has expanded to include technology innovators competing across 22 other countries from across most major regions of the world.
The competition is open to any Midlands 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. Initial heats will be taking place on a regional basis to find a final shortlist of innovators – representing the best innovation from across the UK.
Participants will have the opportunity to be recognised as one of the UK’s most successful technology innovators. Shortlisted businesses will be provided with entry to a bespoke version of KPMG’s Access programme for fast growth businesses, 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 Web Summit 2022, where they will compete on the global stage.
Marc Abrams, office senior partner at KPMG UK in the Midlands, said: “Over the last decade we have seen global VC investment levels in the UK soar tenfold as our regional ecosystems continue to mature, grow and attract greater numbers of home-grown innovators. Innovation is an essential contributor to the health and wealth of our Midlands and wider UK economy so I am delighted that this competition continues to discover, support and showcase the exciting disruptive technology that is being developed and nurtured in the region.
“We are very excited that the competition has expanded globally 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 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.”