What are we looking for?
Applicants are judged on three fundamental criteria:
- Innovation and disruption: with respect to business model, market approach, processes, and/or technology.
- Market potential: within existing market (and therefore taking market share) or in the creation of a new market segment.
- Traction and momentum: with respect to funding raised, established distribution channels, industry partnerships, user growth and/or and growing sales.
At latter stages of the competition such as UK pitching heats and at Mobile World Congress, applicants will also be judged on their pitch quality.
Criteria to apply
Applicants will be in the scale-up phase and have innovative, proven technologies, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to globally scale.
Best British Tech Pioneer’s will be:
- A registered UK company
- Have been operating for 5 or less years
- Revenue generating between £1-10m; or have raised at least £500k in equity
- Either a pure technology or a tech-enabled business
- Not majority owned by a large corporate
- Available to pitch at a UK regional event in January 2020
- Available to pitch at a Semi-Final event in London in February 2020 (if selected)
- Available to pitch at Mobile World Congress from 23-27 February 2020 in Barcelona (if selected)
Unfortunately, due to independence regulations, this competition is not open to any company which is a KPMG audit client or an affiliate or a connected party to the audit client.
- Applications for 2020 have now closed
- Applications will be assessed under three categories with equal weighting to each; innovation and disruption, market potential, and momentum.
- Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch at one of our regional heats in January 2020. At least one winner from each regional heat will progress to a Semi-Final event in London in February 2020.
- Six finalists will be selected from the Semi-Final event and flown to MWC 2020 in Barcelona where they will pitch to industry experts on stage at 4YFN, where one overall winner will be selected as KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer 2020.
Hummingbird Technologies (2019 winner): Alex Jevons, Chief Marketing Officer
The Link App (2018 finalist): Lauren Riley, Founder & CEO
Echo (2018 winner): Stephen Bourke, Co-founder
SafeToNet (2017 winner): Richard Pursey, CEO
What3Words (2016 winner): Giles Rhys Jones, CMO
Dr Mike Short, Former VP Telefonica Europe and since 2018 Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of International Trade