KPMG launches search for Ireland's next tech innovator

  • KPMG has launched its first search for Ireland’s next top tech innovator.

    The inaugural competition is open to tech entrepreneurs and start-up businesses from across Northern Ireland and the Republic which are pure technology, tech-enabled, tech-led, or tech-driven.

    Competition entrants will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their innovations and present their growth ambitions to a panel of judges, which will include successful entrepreneurs and investors, to be announced shortly.

    The overall island of Ireland winner will progress to the Global Tech Innovator final at Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon in November.

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    The prize also includes travel and accommodation to Lisbon, tickets to Web Summit as part of KPMG’s delegation, an exhibition stand for one day and access to exclusive networking events and mentoring opportunities.

    The competition is open for any technology companies which have operated for five years or less, have revenue generating between USD $1-10m (or have raised at least $500,000 in equity) and are registered and based in Ireland/Northern Ireland.

    "Applicants must have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to scale up," KPMG announced in a statement. 

    Applications must also be submitted by 20 August 2021.

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    The global competition will include technology innovators from 17 other countries and jurisdictions across the world, including South Africa, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, USA and Qatar.

    Johnny Hanna, Partner in Charge of KPMG in Northern Ireland said: “Northern Ireland has a first-class reputation for innovation and is today recognised as a global leader in cyber security, fintech and advanced engineering.

    "We are looking for the gamechangers in innovation with the ambition to take their business to the next level. If you think you have the next big thing in tech, this competition is for you. Whether they are tech-enabled, tech-led or tech-driven, we’re inviting our unicorns of tomorrow to consider this extraordinary opportunity”.

    Applications are now open for the competition at

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