KPMG competition aims to find Scotland’s top tech innovators with global ambitions

A search has been launched for Scotland’s top tech innovators in a contest that has seen previous winners such as Echo and What3Words go on to become household names.

The KPMG competition, which follows the success of the firm’s long-running Best British Tech Pioneer contest, is open to scale-up businesses from early-stage to accelerated growth. They will be invited to pitch their innovations and present their growth ambitions to panels of local and global industry experts in June.

Last year’s Scottish winners were Edinburgh-based Cyan Forensics, Intelligent Growth Solutions, from Invergowrie, and Glasgow’s Clinspec Diagnostics.

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Those crowned Scotland’s top tech innovators will be provided with networking opportunities among industry experts, their peers and other tech innovators, and be invited to pitch at a UK-wide event in London.

Amy Burnett, KPMG: 'Our search for Scotland’s top tech innovators aims to shine a light on some of the country’s most exciting future leaders'

The UK winner will join fellow entrepreneurs from around the world progressing to the Global Tech Innovator final at the Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon in November, where they will compete on the global stage.

Amy Burnett, KPMG private enterprise senior manager in Scotland, said: “Scotland’s scale-up and tech sector has boomed in recent years, and our most recent Venture Pulse survey highlighted that the industry is showing incredible resilience throughout the pandemic – with increased investment in a time of uncertainty.

“Our search for Scotland’s top tech innovators aims to shine a light on some of the country’s most exciting future leaders, developing brands that will become household names in the future and help to transform the Scottish economy into a world leader in technology and entrepreneurialism.”

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