Calling tech scaleups! KPMG Private Enterprise unveils a new competition for the UAE’s tech innovators

Calling tech scaleups! KPMG Private Enterprise unveils a new competition for the UAE’s tech innovators 

By: Abu Dhabi SME Hub

Tech scale-ups invited to pitch to investors and major industry players looking for the next emerging giant to invest in, buy or join.

The search is on for the UAE’s top tech innovators who are ready to become the next global titans with the launch of the KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the UAE competition.

Following the success of KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer, in which game changers and disruptors such as Echo Health and What3Words were identified, the competition has been expanded to include technology innovators in the UAE and 16 other countries around the world.

Applications will be accepted starting 9 June, with the UAE competition scheduled for 6 and 7 September. The Tech Innovator in the UAE will go on to compete in the global finals at Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon this November. Shortlisted businesses will be provided with exclusive networking opportunities among industry experts and other tech innovators. Winning companies also gain exposure from being featured in KPMG’s Winners Report and media profiles. 

Who can apply

Wherever they are in the business lifecycle — from start-up to accelerated growth — innovators are invited to pitch and present their growth ambitions to panels of local and global industry experts.

To be eligible, applicants should be registered in the UAE, actively operating for five years or less (in their current form) and generating revenues between $1-15 million or have raised at least USD 500,000 in equity. The applicant should be either a pure technology or a tech-enabled business and not majority-owned by a large corporate. Additionally, the country winner must be available to pitch at the global finals, held in Lisbon Portugal, November 2021.

What's on offer

From tech innovator to future tech titan – finalists will receive an unrivaled platform to profile your business:

  • Exposure: pitch your innovations and present your growth ambitions. Winning companies will be featured in KPMG’s “Winners Report” and local media profiles. They will also receive global attention among key influencers at Web Summit 2021, Lisbon, in November.
  • Recognition: profile your business throughout the competition, leveraging KPMG channels and local media.
  • Networking: connect with like-minded peers, key industry experts, and influencers both locally and globally.
  • Go global: Winners will automatically progress to the Global Tech Innovator final, to be hosted at Web Summit 2021, Lisbon, in November.

To apply, click here.

About KPMG Private Enterprise

You know KPMG, and you might not know KPMG Private Enterprise. KPMG Private Enterprise advisers in KPMG firms around the world are dedicated to working with you and your business, no matter where you are in your growth journey — whether you’re looking to reach new heights, embrace technology, plan for an exit, or manage the transition of wealth or your business to the next generation. You gain access to KPMG’s global resources through a single point of contact — a trusted adviser to your company. It is a local touch with a global reach.

The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Network for Emerging Giants has extensive knowledge and experience working with the startup ecosystem. Whether you are looking to establish your operations, raise capital, expand abroad, or simply comply with regulatory requirements — we can help. From seed to speed, we’re here throughout your journey.

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