KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer (BBTP) 2020 competition.

Six years of celebrating, connecting and propelling British Tech pioneers.

Since launching BBTP in 2013, this annual competition has been propelling forward the game changers, the disruptors and tech titans of tomorrow. BBTP finalists receive an incredible opportunity to profile their businesses to senior corporate decision makers, investors and the media. This includes presenting their business at Mobile World Congress (MWC) and Four Years from Now (4YFN) in Barcelona, February 2020 - the world’s largest annual mobile industry gathering.

Out of the ordinary. Out in front.

Applications for the 2020 competition have now closed.

The Best British Tech Pioneers competition was formerly known as Best British Tech Startup and Best British Mobile Startup competition.

BBTP 2020

Winners package

Six finalists will win the opportunity to profile their business:

  • Pitch on one of the main stages at the 2020 Four Years From Now (4YFN) at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, February 2020.
  • Exhibit at 4YFN Barcelona in February 2020 at a dedicated, prominent booth. The conference is attended by 20,000+ founders, investors and corporate decision makers from around the world. Flight, accommodation, exhibiting platform and conference pass are included.
  • Profile your business with the media before, during and after MWC, leveraging KPMG channels.
  • Attend KPMG events with business luminaries and CEOs from leading fast growth private UK business.


About Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest annual mobile industry gathering. In 2019 the event attracted over 100,000 attendees from all parts of the world, including over 7,000 CEO participants, and 3,500 international media and analysts. Hundreds of investors attend the event in Barcelona all of whom are searching for the next business to get involved with.

“It has been an incredible process and is going to allow us to grow and scale enormously. It’s real validation of us & we’re incredibly proud.”

Hummingbird Technologies (2019 winner): Alex Jevons, Chief Marketing Officer

“BBMS 2018 was a great opportunity to showcase The Link App’s innovation on a national and global stage. I would recommend taking part to increase brand exposure and recognition.”

The Link App (2018 finalist): Lauren Riley, Founder & CEO

“Winning KPMG’s BBMS competition was a huge boost to our team and has significantly raised our profile.”

Echo (2018 winner): Stephen Bourke, Co-founder

“Winning KPMG’s BBMS award literally changed the face of SafeToNet over night. The award gave international credibility and recognition.”

SafeToNet (2017 winner): Richard Pursey, CEO

“BBMS was a great program to be part of. It gave us a huge platform to reach potential customers, decision makers and influencers.”

What3Words (2016 winner): Giles Rhys Jones, CMO

“The multi round UK format attracted a lot of talented SME’s. Reaching MWC was the icing on the cake for those that took the chance to meet wider partners, investors and international buyers.”

Dr Mike Short, Former VP Telefonica Europe and since 2018 Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of International Trade

Regional Heats

Cambridge

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 15 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

DIOSYNVAX Ltd (Digitally designed, Immune Optimised and Synthesized Vaccines) is a new platform technology that will significantly accelerate vaccine development and achieve dramatic improvements to the protection against emerging and re-emerging pathogens.

BIOS combines neural engineering with machine learning to crack the code of the human nervous system. Our neural interface platform interprets the hidden language of the nervous system to enable more effective treatments for chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes.

dividiti matches buyers and vendors of software/hardware components for AI/ML and other emerging applications. We help assemble complete solutions out of reliable and efficient components, under the given requirements and constraints, for diverse domains including robotics, mobility, healthcare and IoT.

Healthera connects patients to a platform of hundreds of pharmacies and NHS GPs  allowing them to order and track prescriptions  access clinical services and monitor their medication intake in one digital end-to-end solution.

HOCHANDA the worlds first dedicated on line live TV Shopping Channel dedicated to showcasing traditional crafts, hobbies and art disciplines to a worldwide audience.

Intellegens is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge with a unique Artificial Intelligence toolset that can train deep neural networks from sparse or noisy data. The technique, created at the Cavendish Laboratory, is encapsulated in  Alchemite™.

Lambda Energy is a Cambridge based advanced materials start-up, founded to increase the efficiency of solar (PV) panel technologies. PV panels have poor efficiency because they are only good at converting the red part of the light spectrum into electricity, while solar irradiation reaches its peak intensity around the cyan (green/blue) light spectrum. Lambda Energy has developed a material that shifts the cyan light into red, resulting in a more efficient absorption by the PV and greater efficiency.

OKRA Technologies delivering AI capabilities to ALL life science professionals at their desk or on the move.  The OKRA engine ingests real-world data, structured, unstructured, clinical, commercial and scientific literature to drive the right insight to the different teams in life sciences. 

Ubisense Ltd gives software-systems intelligence about what’s actually happening in the real world by capturing the movement, interaction and status of things. We do this with industry leading sensors and an open software platform that business users can easily configure for planning, monitoring and controlling physical process flows.

UltraSoC embedded analytics” that solves some of the biggest changes in electronics: escalating development cost; cyber-security; Functional Safety and energy efficiency.

Birmingham

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 17 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

The Tribe Project (by Bronze Labs) the mission of The Tribe Project is to directly address national care inequality.  Through combining machine learning centred technology and decades of community development experience Tribe closes national care "dark patches" where care provision has failed.

Aceloron is an innovative lithium battery developer aiming to accelerate the global shift to cleaner, more renewable energy whilst empowering communities to benefit from sustainable battery technology. Aceleron uses a patented battery assembly technology to manufacture advanced circular economy lithium-ion batteries that are serviceable, upgradable and recyclable.

Collision Management Systems founded in 2012, CMS collects data from connected vehicles to power a range of employee risk management and insurance solutions for the fleet, insurance, technology and mobility world. Backed by the Business Growth Fund, the most active VC fund in the UK, CMS’s award winning technology is trusted by some of the most recognisable brands around the world.

Evezy is an all-inclusive electric vehicle subscription platform, with no deposit and no long-term commitment. With the largest electric car fleet in the UK - it is as easy as downloading the app to subscribe and drive. Get all the benefits of car ownership with none of the hassle. 

Fluence World Ltd delivers AI-assisted Quality Assurance to regulated industries. In any regulated industry, the task of getting thousands of professionals to conform to common standards is complex and subjective. Fluence's AI allows regulators to codify and standardise their decision-making, based on previous decisions. We then help these regulators to disseminate their values and standards right across their industry as an off-the-shelf product.

GiveVision SightPlus is a clinically validated medical device that helps visually impaired people to see clearly up close and at a distance. 

SPICA Technologies is an IOT systems integrator and solution provider focused on the specific needs of corporate workplace occupiers and the opportunity to use technology to deliver real outcomes centred around productivity, wellbeing, talent attraction and retention in the workplace.

Wotch.io a creator-first video sharing platform rewarding and empowering creators whilst creating a more social and safe experience for consumers.

Zipabout a real-time platform delivering personalised door-to-door information for transport operators and their passengers.

Bristol

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 14 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

Rovco is an innovative subsea technology company headquartered in Bristol, UK with offices in Aberdeen and partnerships in Taiwan, Malaysia and Egypt. Rovco is changing the face of the subsea industry, leading in areas of the subsea technology market, and becoming the number one organisation for ROV 3D computer vision technologies and applied artificial intelligence underwater. 

Thank you to everyone that pitched:

AMPLYFI is a Cardiff-based deep-tech company who are disrupting the global business intelligence sector by specialising in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning platforms that unlock the entire internet to enable unprecedented business insight through groundbreaking technology.

GDS Digital Services Ltd are a fast-growing SME based in Bristol, delivering innovative solutions to markets that require “connectivity as a service” to transform their customer experience and operations models.  Our immediate focus is in health and social care, to address the needs of the ageing society, by improving digital skills and assistive technology in the home as an enabler to welfare monitoring and assessment, community and family contact, and longer independent living.

KETS Quantum Security computers promise a multitude of benefits, but they also present a significant threat - they can easily crack encryption used across the web, threatening the very fabric of the global digital economy. KETS Quantum Security protects mission critical communications from this threat with its complete quantum-safe solutions that provide future-proof, cost-effective, quantum-secured communications.

Minibems Limited is the only data driven, cloud-connected, heat network solution that provides reliable comfort for residents at the same time as reducing fuel consumption by up to 40%.  With innovation and efficiency at the heart of everything we do, Minibems is advancing heat networks.

Simply Do Ideas is a cloud-based, digital platform enabling organisations to capture, evaluate and support challenge-led innovation.

Sports & Wellbeing Analytics Limited is passionate about enhancing performance through player welfare.  To that end the company has created Protecht, a real time head impact load monitoring and management system for contact sports, initially targeting rugby union.

Edinburgh

Airts is an AI-focused software company founded in Scotland. Our product, Braid, is an intelligent planning platform for professional services firms. Braid optimises client engagement management, driving profitability, delivery quality, and employee retention, and is currently used by more than 10,000 practitioners across seven countries.

Boundary Technologies Ltd are redefining home security to proactively protect your home. Our first product, Boundary alarm is the only smart home security system which can offer complete peace of mind and a police response in the UK. Our second product, Boundary camera will be the first security system offering preventative security via machine vision and deep learning in Europe.

Candidate.ID is the world's first talent pipeline automation software that is used to create genuine talent pipelines that allow you to see which candidates are cold  warm and 'hire-ready'? in real-time and reduce time-to-shortlist by 50%.

ClinSpec Diagnsotics Ltd have developed the world's first cost effective blood test for brain cancer and it is our mission to be a world leader in blood analysis using artificial intelligence for early detection of cancers and other diseases.

Cyan Forensics helps law enforcement, social media, and cloud providers find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists. The award winning, cutting edge, digital forensics tool’s application by law enforcement was described by the UK Home Secretary as “game changing technology”, helping evidence be found on computers in minutes and replacing processes that currently take may hours. 

HubSolv is an SaaS platform to manage the full Insolvency and Debt Management space.

Criton is a guest engagement platform which enables hotels to compete with big chains. Criton simplifies the complexity of digital transformation in hotels allowing them to offer the perfect digital guest journey and maximise in stay revenue.

Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd creates and supplies Vertical Farms for indoor agriculture and Grid Platforms for commercial property.

Metix Medical Ltd provides high acuity / emergency patient monitoring and telemetry.

Talking Medicines Limited is a data tech company, we capture the digital voice of the patient. We structure “in the wild” data on how medicines are actually taken & what people are saying about them through our proprietary tools that include the Medsmart® App.

Zumo liberates the benefits of crypto. Zumo allows you to buy send and store crypto simply and securely. Zumo lets you exchange crypto seamlessly with traditional currency and pay for goods and services anywhere with our Convertible Debit Card and ZumoPay gateway.

London

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 14 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

Perlego is a disruptive technology for a broken academic publishing industry, on a mission to make educational material accessible for all. While students in the UK can spend on average >£400 per year on their textbooks, Perlego gives its readers access to the entire digital library for only £12 per month.

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VividQ is a deep tech software company with world-leading expertise in 3D holography.  The company was founded in 2017 by a team of expert engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists from the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews, who solved key technology barriers in the adoption of holographic display.

Thank you to everyone that pitched:

Beam is a tech for good platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people and supports them into stable paid work.

Blend Network is a FinTech company focusing on lending funds to experienced small and medium property developers who are building more affordable homes across the UK regions. Lenders can co-invest from £1,000 on property-secured loans and earn 8-12% return p.a. All loans on the Blend Network platform undergo an exhaustive due diligence process before being listed.

Concert Live Limited - Trading as "LiveStyled" is a responsive data platform that automates meaningful engagement and deep personalisation.  Clients use LiveStyled's platform to connect disparate venue systems in order to capture detailed insights into how customers interact with their brand.

Globechain is a reuse marketplace that connects corporates to charities and smes to redistribute unneeded items, generating social impact (ESG) data.
We focus in retail, construction and office and have over 10,000 members in the UK, Spain, UAE and NYC.

Good-Loop is an ethical ad platform which uses the $600bn ad industry to fund good causes around the world. We distribute our ethical ads across the internet and if people choose to engage, they can unlock a free donation funded by the advertiser. Our unique 'engage to donate' proposition drives a significant uplift in ad performance whilst actually making the world a better place.

iProov authenticates online users by face verification strongly securing their Genuine Presence against spoofing with a unique technology which delivers outstanding ease of use for ID verification and for authentication of returning users.

Pointr is a global technology leader in real-time location for smart venues. 
Pointr's Deep Location platform bridges the gap between a physical and digital world, enabling large venues to create immersive location experiences and to improve their operations. We work with major international customers in aviation, retail, hospitality and workplace.

ProtectBox an award-winning cybersecurity comparison website/marketplace that lets small & medium businesses (SMB) in an hour (for free) understand & buy the right Technology, People & Processes for them & reciprocally, we’re also taking away the pain for Suppliers by matching them with qualified sales.

Pynk uses crowd wisdom and AI to make better investment decisions for the $4.5tn+ Millennial and Gen X retail investor market. 

Real Links Limited is an innovative employee referral platform which transforms referrals by matching employees’ contacts to jobs and using customisable gamification to reward employees. Real Links was featured by Beauhurst as one of the 5 high-growth start-ups at Web Summit and is helping the likes of Lloyds Pharmacy and Adecco to turn employee referrals into one of the key hiring channels.

Savvy Property Technology Ltd the digital platform helping landlords optimise their buildings with bespoke solutions for monitoring day-to-day activity and engaging with their tenants. We collect real-time data to provide detailed analytics to landlords so that they can maximise efficiency, reduce costs and improve the working environments in their buildings.

Shieldpay secures high value payments and reduces fraud through its digital escrow solution; from cars and houses to M&A deals. They verify all parties in a transaction with robust security checks, the funds are held securely in the Vault, and then only released when both parties agree the transaction is successful.

Stasher is the world's first sharing economy solution for luggage storage. Their platform connects travellers with hotels and shops where they can store their bags while they explore the city. Whether you’ve just checked out of an Airbnb, are attending an event with a no bag policy, or simply want to explore the city luggage-free, head to Stasher.com to find a convenient storage location near you.

Freedom G, by Techsixtyfour, is a simple yet stylish wearable mobile phone and tracker which has the world’s most accurate tracking technology commercially available, using patented algorithms, for both indoors and outdoors and works almost anywhere in the world. Our first targeted market is the aged market focusing on those who are vulnerable and with dementia.

Yellow Line Parking Ltd presents AppyWay to help cities thrive from the kerb up. We see the kerb as a catalyst – the key to powering progress with the most pressing urban mobility challenges. Our platform of data, APIs and tools provide digital kerbside management solutions that enable intelligent mobility, better connecting cities with people and businesses. 

yu life Ltd combines group life insurance and wellbeing by rewarding people for healthy behaviours.

Manchester

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 16 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

Hark enterprise IoT software for Connectivity, Visibility and Intelligence. We capture and monitor data in real-time for a variety of different sectors transforming operations through intelligent technology.

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Membr is a cloud-based fitness management solution that provides an all-in-one gym software platform for fitness clubs and currently powers gyms across 20 countries with nearly 2 million exercisers. We assist fitness professionals scale their knowledge in a way that is cost effective for the consumer and time efficient for the trainer, serving as an example that a good member engagement plan can help as much commercially as it can from a fitness perspective.

CEH TECHNOLOGIES LTD the most versatile live voice translation earbuds.  Easily share your experiences with loved and fully immerse yourself in local culture by having the ability to communicate with over 2 billion people in 37+ languages. All whilst comfortably listening to your favourite music in HD sound for 30 hours.

Damson Global advanced audio. Simply Applied. Damson designs audio solutions that improve everyday life experiences.

Hive HR is an employee feedback platform and People Science consultancy.  Organisations use Hive to send timely and targeted surveys to their people - collecting meaningful insights measuring employee engagement and making data-driven decisions about culture and employee experience.

Intelligence Fusion fusing crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence and military-trained analysts to delivering real-time threat intelligence to businesses, worldwide, helping to protect their people, assets and reputations.

Mercato our mission is to make it as easy as possible for anyone around the world to set up an online store. The mercarto eCommerce marketplace enables aspiring entrepreneurs to become brand ambassadors for products that align with their personal brand and values. We are creating a global, digital infrastructure that will help build more sustainable, equitable and connected economies; connecting international suppliers to millions of sellers all over the world.

Mind Of My Own Ltd fully accessible apps that provide a unique digital solution to advancing universal children's rights ensuring their voices are heard by the right people in a way and at a time that suits them. 

Neurovalens is a global health-tech company that creates non-invasive neurostimulation products used to solve some of the world’s greatest health challenges.  Modius SLEEP is Neurovalens’ latest product, launched on Indiegogo in November 2019. It uses active neurostimulation to help fix your sleep problems for good.

Scaled Insights is developing custom AI-based tools to provide richer understanding of users for the financial services, education & healthcare sectors, helping organisations to bridge their Big Data and Human Insights at scale with very little interaction.

Slingshot Simulations are democratising Cloud simulation and digital twin technology across multiple sectors to make cities smarter and organisations more efficient.

Tribosonics has unique sensing technologies that generate data enabling digitisation to create value and enhance sustainability by addressing wear  friction and lubrication issues in components and systems in transport power generation and manufacturing industries. 

Vet-AI through its app Joii, allows vets to work remotely and places affordable, accessible and convenient veterinary care in the palm of your hand. The company also develops cutting-edge AI to predict and prevent animal health conditions to tackle the global animal welfare issue.

VoiceIQ an AI driven business telephony system that recommends when to call,  detects important topics and risks during conversations and make suggestions on what reps or agents should do post-call.

Wondrwall is an intelligent home management system that allows the homeowner to manage and reduce their energy use and improve their overall lifestyle and well-being. It allows developers to deliver gas-free homes at no incremental build cost, supports the elimination of fuel poverty reducing energy bills by 90% and helps tackle climate change by enabling affordable carbon-free, net-zero homes.

Nottingham

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 16 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

For Good Causes empowering people to use previously inaccessible sources of funds to support the specific charities closest to their heart and give consumer brands new ways to emotionally engage existing and new customer bases around themes they already care about.

ARc X-Media, (know as Retain.me) is a SAAS business, transforming the post-purchase digital customer experience with data-driven, full colour, personalised print in-parcel (SMARTSlip) and integrated returns solution (SmartReturns). Our mission is to improve Customer Lifetime Value for Brands & Retailers.

Diamond Hard Surfaces Ltd is an innovative materials technology company and solution provider to high endurance applications of a unique amorphous diamond material; Adm™ which gives extended life and reliability in high temperature, chemically aggressive and abrasive environments. We developed and patented a new process as a start up and have organically grown the company by working with Market Leaders in technology areas including Electronics, Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Chemical Processing.

GeoSLAM Ltd makes it easy to capture and connect data from the world around us. From the built environment to the natural world, GeoSLAM technology gives people the power to collect geospatial data from some of the most difficult environments, whether they are indoor, outdoors, underground - everywhere.

INCUS Performance Ltd simple quality training analytics for Triathletes.

Navitas is a single destination to help food businesses meet all their food safety requirements. We strive to be the trusted safety solution in every kitchen in the world, keeping your people, customers and reputation safe. 

Promethean Particles Ltd design, develop and manufacture inorganic nanoparticle dispersions to customer’s specifications. This means that we are more than just a ‘materials discovery’ company because we create new cleaner routes to manufacture of materials with the ability to then manufacture at industrial scale.

Quensus intelligent water management protects properties and saves businesses money by providing online water audits, leak notifications and automatic shutoff for any building.

Reading

Through to the semi final from the pitching heat held on 16 January, 2020 - congratulations to:

Navenio’s primary mission is to transform hospitals globally by enabling healthcare teams to be in the right place, at the right time. Using our University of Oxford originated technology, we create compelling location-based services…with no need for investment in infrastructure.

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones in to airspace. Through its Airspace management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

AudioScenic Limited is personalizing the way we experience audio.  Using small arrays of speakers and advanced head tracking technologies, super immersive 3D Sound tuned for the individual listener will no longer require headphones or speakers located all around a room.  We will deliver an unrivalled, authentic and natural audio experience for consumers of immersive Gaming, VR and Movie audio.

Biz2mobile Limited t/a B2M Solutions provides Elemez, a real-time mobile device analytics software product, to users of business critical mobile devices. We deliver proactive, preventive and predictive insights when managing mobile performance and uptime, radically improving the ROI of the mobile solution. We have offices in both the U.K. and U.S.

Konsentus is the first online, machine-readable, real-time service providing Financial Institutions with risk-free Third Party Provider and certificate checking to conform with PSD2 Open Banking regulations and provide protection from fraudulent or unauthorised access.

KYMIRA build medical technologies into textiles to change and saves lives while all the user has to do is get dressed in the morning.

Oxford VR develop psychological interventions based on proven treatment protocols and deliver them using state-of-the-art immersive technology. Oxford VR’s virtual reality treatments are automated, the therapy is delivered by a virtual coach and compliments face-to-face therapy, enabling greater access to high-quality treatment.

QiO Technologies Ltd AI-infused industrial SaaS analytics. Liberating the Industrial Engineer.

RazorSecure provides intrusion and anomaly detection for critical systems that live at the edge of networks. If it moves  flies  floats  communicates or performs a critical function in the real world then we can secure it using machine learning.

 


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.

BBTP previous winners

AI business that provides advanced crop analytics by using proprietary Machine Learning algorithms.

Free NHS repeat prescription, delivery and reminder app.

Software that safeguards children and youngsters from online risks.

Geocoding system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres.

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.


The process

  • 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.


Frequently asked questions

If you can't find your answer below, please email enterpriseclub@kpmg.co.uk.

Applications
How can I participate in the competition?

To enter the competition, a company must fill out the short online application form before the deadline of 1 December 2019. To request an application form click here.

Who can apply?

Any technology company that is registered and based in the UK can apply. We are looking for companies that have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to scale. All entrants entering the competition on behalf of the company must be residents in the UK aged 18 years or over. KPMG employees and contractors are prohibited from entering the competition. The competition is not open to any business which is a KPMG audit client or an affiliate or a connected party to the audit client.

When can I apply to participate in the competition?

You can apply now. Applications will close on 1 December 2019. All applications must be received by no later than 11.59pm (GMT) on 1 December 2019.

Which location should I apply to?

We kindly ask that you apply to the location that is closest to your office headquarters.

Is there a limit to the number of entries?

Entrants may apply more than once, but there should not be more than one entry per company.

What are the costs involved in participation?

There is no charge for entering into the competition, although all costs relating to attending the UK-based heats will be borne by the participants themselves. KPMG will cover return flights (from the UK), accommodation and conference passes for the finalists to present in Barcelona at 4YFN 2020 at MWC 2020.

Will I receive feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of entries received we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

We absolutely value the time and effort that applicants put into their submissions and each business that enters and thank you for your participation.

Criteria
What is the criteria to enter?

Entrants 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 24-27 February 2020 in Barcelona (if selected)

The competition is not open to any company which is a KPMG audit client or an affiliate or a connected party to the audit client.

How do I know if my company qualifies as a 'tech pioneer’ for the purpose of this competition?

We aim to be as inclusive as possible; if you think you are a ‘tech pioneer’, we encourage you to apply.

What stage should my company be at to be considered?

We are looking for companies that have been operating for 5 or less years, looking to scale-up and must have a viable product/service.

Pitching
What is the pitching format?

For the regional heat rounds, each company will be given a total of 6 minutes on stage, 3 minutes to pitch followed by 3 minutes for Q&A with the judging panel.

If selected for the Semi-Final in London, each company will be given a total of 5 minutes on stage, 3 minutes to pitch followed by 2 minutes for Q&A with the judging panel.

If selected for the Final in Barcelona, each company will be given a total of 8 minutes on stage, 4 minutes to pitch followed by 4 minutes for Q&A with the judging panel.

All presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint file format. However, no video, audio or live demonstrations are permitted.

What is the judging criteria?

The first round will be assessed under three categories with equal weighting to each; innovation and disruption, market potential, and momentum.

Each pitching competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts. All applications will be scored under four categories with equal weighting to each. The categories are; pitch quality, disruption and innovation, market potential, and traction and momentum. The decisions of the panel will be final.

Winners
How many businesses will be selected to showcase at 4YFN at Mobile World Congress 2020?

Six UK Semi-Finalist winners will be showcased at 4YFN at Mobile World Congress 2020.

What are the costs involved in participation?

There is no charge for entering into the competition, although all costs relating to attending the UK-based heats and London Semi-Final will be borne by the participants themselves. KPMG will cover return flights (from the UK), accommodation and conference passes for finalists to present in Barcelona at 4YFN 2020 at MWC 2020.

What are the competition prizes?

Prizes include:

  • Pitch on one of the main stages at the 2020 Four Years From Now (4YFN) at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
  • Exhibit at 4YFN at a dedicated, prominent booth. The conference is attended by 20,000+ founders, investors and corporate decision makers from around the world. Flight, accommodation, exhibiting platform and conference pass are included.
  • Profile your business with the media before, during and after MWC, leveraging KPMG channels.
  • Attend KPMG events with business luminaires and CEOs from leading fast growth private UK business.

Finalists will be provided return flights from the UK to Barcelona, accommodation in Barcelona during the conference and conference passes to attend MWC 2020 and 4YFN 2020, limited to one person per company.

The prizes cannot be substituted by an alternative, cash or otherwise.

How and when will the winners be notified?

At each regional heat and the Semi-Final, the winners will be notified on the day of the competition as part of a short award ceremony. The final winner will be announced on stage at MWC 2020.

How and when will the results be announced?

The results will be announced on the day of each heat, and will be made publicly available at the end of the event series in a specific publication on www.kpmgenterprise.co.uk. A press release will also be issued.

Is there any publicity involved?

KPMG Enterprise will be promoting the heats alongside various partners throughout the course of the series. By entering the competition, you agree that any personal information provided by you with the competition 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 this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional and marketing purposes.

Additional items to note

Please be sure to read the competition terms and conditions here.

If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of our terms and conditions. KPMG may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition.

KPMG reserves the right to hold, void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

 

BBTP sponsors

Bina Mehta
Partner, Enterprise
KPMG UK

Tim Kay
Director, Enterprise
KPMG UK