KPMG’s search for the 2019 Best British Tech Startup continues. Join us at the Northern heat on 31 January where semi-finalists compete for their spot in the finals.

The pace and scale of innovation and ingenuity we continue to see is remarkable. And it's not just us, a reported total of £1.4 billion was invested by VCs into UK startups between July and September 2018 which is up on the £1.31 billion raised in the same quarter in 2017.

Our Best British Tech Startup competition champions startups that have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities, and the potential to scale.

Northern semi-finalists will compete at our pitching event in front of our judging panel, VC’s, corporates and tech industry influencers. One winner will be selected from this heat and flown to Barcelona in February 2019 to compete at the finals at Mobile World Congress – the industry’s largest mobile gathering.

Join us to hear directly from emerging startups and on all that is new and trending in innovation and technology.

Northern semi-finalists pitching:

  • AppLocum is a rapidly growing tech-enabled recruitment venture designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Through the app they can deliver a perfectly suited clinician to Surgeries or Treatment Centres in a fast, effective and hassle-free manner.
  • CensorPic helps stop children sexting. Employing cutting edge machine learning technology, CensorPic can intelligently identify nudity and stop its creation being a pioneer in intelligent proactive, not reactive protection.
  • MirrorWeb is a web & social media archiving and analytics company that helps public and private sector organisations comply with regulatory requirements to retain born digital content.
  • Optalysys is developing optical AI systems designed to accelerate the most demanding deep learning and pattern recognition tasks at groundbreaking speeds but at a fraction of the energy consumption of traditional computing hardware. 
  • RapidSpike is a Digital Experience Monitoring Platform that interacts with digital platforms exactly as customers do. RapidSpike pinpoints critical platform issues and improvements by collating real time and synthetic data on customer interactions, system performance and security into clear compelling actionable insights.
  • SPINR is a superfast, cloud-based, integration platform, providing real-time data and insight to any organisation. It can help make the process of integrating, cleansing and sharing data simple, efficient and accessible to all. SPINR is the straightforward choice for organisations that hold data across systems and silos that would be more powerful if brought together.
  • WIFIPLUG is the smartest smart plug on the planet, works with Siri, Alexa, Google & Cortana, no bridge required. The only smart plug to pay for itself.
  • Synap is an intelligent online training platform that helps organisations deliver personalised, effective and engaging training at scale. Synap breaks down training topics into easily digestible, 5-10 minute chunks tailored to each individual's strengths and weaknesses, helping them to learn more in less time. 

The judging panel will comprise:

  • Rebecca Roberts – COO, Conviction Investment Partners Limited
  • Adam Kamani – CEO, Kamani Property Group & CEO, KM Capital
  • Aaron Lawson-Clark – Investment Associate, NVM Private Equity
  • Martin Port – Founder & CEO, BigChange

Out of the ordinary. Out in front.

Since the competition launched in 2013, we’ve had more than 1,000 applications. Here’s what some of our previous participants have to say about it.

““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.””

Richard Pursey, CEO of SafeToNet (2017 winner)

“"Winning KPMG’s Best British Mobile Startup 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 more also with patients and GPs across the country.””

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

““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.””

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

““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.””

Giles Rhys Jones, CMO at What3Words (2016 winner)

““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

About BBTS

Since launching 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. Out of the ordinary. Out in front.

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