KPMG’s Best British Tech Startup (BBTS) 2019 competition.

Five years of celebrating, connecting and propelling British Tech startups. 

Since launching BBTS in 2013, this annual competition has been propelling forward the game changers, the disruptors and tech titans of tomorrow. BBTS 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 2019 - the world’s largest annual mobile industry gathering.

Applications for BBTS 2019 are now closed! Thanks to all those who entered. We now progress to the next stage with judges reviewing applications ahead of the regional pitching heats.

Out of the ordinary. Out in front.

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

Winners package

Six finalists will win the opportunity to profile their startup:

  • Pitch on one of the main stages at the 2019 Four Years From Now (4YFN) and Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, February 2019.
  • Exhibit at 4YFN Barcelona in February 2019 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 national KPMG Inspiring Speakers events with business luminaires 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 2018 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.

“Winning KPMG’s BBMS award literally changed the face of SafeToNet over night. The award gave SafeToNet international credibility and recognition not least because of the brand association with KPMG but also because the final was held at the Mobile World Congress and in front of some of the biggest and most influential companies in the world.”

SafeToNet (2017 winner): Richard Pursey, CEO

“Winning KPMG’s BBMS competition was a huge boost to our team, who are working hard to simplify pharmacy across the NHS. From the regional heats to the final in Barcelona, the quality of the other startups involved was humbling. Winning has significantly raised our profile not just across government and the NHS, but also with patients and GPs across the country.”

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

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

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

“BBMS was a great program to be part of. It gave us a huge platform to reach potential customers, decision makers and influencers. The process forced us to be incredibly focussed and clear on our proposition and our story and we met some great like minded startups.”

What3Words (2016 winner): Giles Rhys Jones, CMO

“The multi round UK format attracted a lot of talented SME’s. Raised their profile and gave them good KPMG and wider support. Reaching MWC 2018 was 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

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.

BBTS alumni 

Free NHS repeat prescription, delivery and reminder app.

Software that safeguards children and youngsters from online risks.

Easy-to-use lawyer-to-client communication platform.

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

Criteria to apply

Applicants are typically in the startup phase and have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to globally scale.

Best British Tech Startups:

  • Will be a registered UK company
  • Will have generally been operating for 5 or less years
  • Will be either a pure technology or a tech-enabled business
  • Will not be majority owned by a large corporate
  • Must be available to pitch at UK regional events in January 2019
  • Must be able to attend Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona

The process

  • Entering is simple. Applicants will need to complete our short application form.
  • 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 four regional heats in January 2019. One winner from each regional heat (except for London where two will be selected) will progress to MWC in Barcelona, February 2019.
  • The finalists will be invited to attend a VIP event in February 2019, and thereafter flown to MWC 2019 in Barcelona where they will pitch to industry experts on stage at 4YFN where one overall winner will be selected as Best British Tech Startup 2019.

Frequently asked questions

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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 25 November 2018. To request an application form click here.

Who can apply?

Any technology startup that is registered and based in the UK can apply. We are looking for startups 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 25 November 2018. All applications must be received by no later than 11.59pm (GMT) on 25 November 2018.

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 2019 at MWC 2019.

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?

Startups will be a registered UK company. Will have generally been operating for 5 or less years. Will be either a pure technology or a tech-enabled business. Will not be majority owned by a large corporate. Must be available to pitch at UK regional events in January 2019. Must be able to attend Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

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

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

What stage should my company be at to be considered?

Generally we are looking for companies that have been operating for 5 or less years, and must have a viable product/service.

Pitching
What is the pitching format?

Each company will be given a total of eight minutes on stage, four minutes to pitch followed by four 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 startups will be selected to showcase at 4YFN at Mobile World Congress 2019?

Six UK heat winners will be showcased at 4YFN at Mobile World Congress 2019.

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 finalists to present in Barcelona at 4YFN 2019 at MWC 2019.

What are the competition prizes?

Prizes include:

  • Pitch on one of the main stages at the 2019 Four Years From Now (4YFN) and 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 national KPMG Inspiring Speakers 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 2019 and 4YFN 2019, 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, 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 2019.

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.

BBTS sponsors

Alex Holt
Global Head of Telecoms & Media
KPMG

Patrick Imbach
Head of Innovative Startups Practice
KPMG in the UK