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12:00 PM 10th June 2024

Six Businesses From Yorkshire & The Humber Go Head To Head In Competition To Find The UK’s Top Tech Innovator

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Six scaleup businesses from Yorkshire & the Humber and two from the North East have been shortlisted from nearly 400 applications to pitch their businesses to a panel of industry experts in the search for the UK’s next big tech disruptor.

KPMG’s annual competition which showcases tech innovators from eight regions across the UK has been running since 2013, and uncovered outstanding tech from businesses including What3Words, Inovus Medical and HiiROC who went on to win the global final during Web Summit in 2022.

The eight businesses from across Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East have been selected from almost 400 applications to pitch against each other to find one innovator who will represent the region at the UK finals in London in July.

On Tuesday 11 June the following scaleups will be competing to be crowned KPMG’s Yorkshire & the Humber and North East regional Tech Innovator in the UK winner: Mensenbio from the University of York, WAC and BIOStress from Leeds, Halocycle from Hull, Pirta from Harrogate, Camlist from Sheffield, bubo.AI from Middlesborough and ScubaTx from Newcastle.

Phil Murden, Office Senior Partner for KPMG in Leeds said:

“Our shortlisted businesses represent some of the best tech innovation in the country and I’m proud that six of those are coming from Yorkshire and the Humber. They will be competing to represent our region in the UK final and we’d love to have another national winner from Yorkshire and the Humber, following in HiiROC’s footsteps.

“The UK technology sector attracts investment from across the world and we have some incredible businesses right here on our doorstep who could be the next tech unicorn. Our aim with this competition is to uncover these businesses and shine a light on their technologies and how they are disrupting the market.

“We are looking forward to seeing the pitches from those shortlisted and meeting the founders who are hoping to be crowned as KPMG’s next Tech Innovator in the UK winner.”

Deb Hetherington, Head of Innovation at Bruntwood SciTech and one of the judges said:

“The award pitches that always stand out for me are those that are delivered with high energy. When a founder is passionate about their business it stands out, and also engages the judges through what can be a long day. One of the most important slides in a pitch covers the numbers, and if you can illustrate commercial success in a digestible way you are on to a winner. The KPMG awards are of such a high calibre, and we have some really exciting finalists from all over the region, which I can't wait to see.”

The winners of each regional stage will then go on to the national final to be held in London in July. The overall winner will then go on to represent the UK at our global final, which takes place alongside Web Summit later in the year where a panel of global judges will crown the 2024 KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator.

To join the live UK final on 23rd July you can register via this link