Cleantech high on the agenda, as the UK’s HiiROC, takes home the global prize as the KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator 2022.
TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 9, 2022–
On November 2nd, KPMG Private Enterprise announced that HiiROC, the developer of a system to produce low-cost, zero-emission hydrogen, has been named the KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator winner at the final event in Lisbon, Portugal, overcoming fierce competition from over 1,100 applicants across 22 countries and jurisdictions during the national stages.
“It is such an honor and a testament to our amazing team for HiiROC to be selected as this year’s KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator winner”, says Tim Davies, HiiROC’s Founder and CEO. “The competition in the global finals was really impressive, and we’re thrilled to be recognized amidst such an amazing group of brilliant innovations and entrepreneurs. We sincerely thank KPMG Private Enterprise and our KPMG Private Enterprise UK team for their support at every step in the process. We’re ready and eager to take the next step forward for our company.”
Conor Moore, Partner and Global Leader, KPMG Private Enterprise Emerging Giants said, “Last year was the competitions inaugural year in which the bar was set incredibly high! With even more companies competing this year, I think the standard has risen to yet another level. We were so excited to be able to bring 22 future tech titans to the finalist stage and capture the world’s attention. These tech entrepreneurs are the builders of the future, and they are really stepping up to develop practical technology solutions that can improve our businesses, our planet and the lives of people across the world. These are all admirable goals that should applauded and supported.”
Warren Middleton, KPMG Private Enterprise, Emerging Giants Leader in the UK said, “Hydrogen is the new green fuel of the future. We saw the potential in HiiROC immediately. We couldn’t be more excited about the recognition they have received today, and the opportunity to help them showcase their brilliant innovation, to continue to grow their business and transform the global energy system. “As with all of the finalists in today’s competition, HiiROC is a modern success story of entrepreneurialism, innovation and ambition. We’re seeing more and more of this kind of drive across the world and that’s a very positive sign for the future. Congratulations to HiiROC for bringing the global crown home to the UK. The entire KPMG Private Enterprise team in the UK is looking forward to watching your company grow and prosper.”
The panel of international judges for the competition included:
- Anie Akpe – Founder, IBOM LLC, Innov8tiv & African Women In Tech (AWIT)
- Anthony Lacavera – Founder and Chairman – Globalive
- Conor Moore – Head of KPMG Private Enterprise in the Americas, Global Leader, Emerging Giants,KPMG Private Enterprise, KPMG in the US
- Shivani Sopory, Partner in Charge, Emerging Giants, Silicon Valley, KPMG in the US
- Diego Stone – CEO and Founder Krilltech
Conor Moore added, “Our congratulations to HiiROC. We’re delighted to have been able to play a role in supporting your growth through this part of your journey. Congratulations as well to all 22 of the country winners that competed in this global final.”
The global finalists included:
GOTERRA – Australia
Developer of a waste management infrastructure designed to solve the food waste crisis
Techtrials International – Brazil
A cloud-based analytics platform designed to deliver clinical and strategic insights to the healthcare industry
smartONE Solutions Inc. – Canada
A smart community planning platform for multi-dwelling real estate developments
Vision Medical – China
Flexible visualization medical devices to alleviate patient pain
SiembraCo – Colombia
Provider of virtual cultivation services to eliminate production barriers for smallholder farmers
cphnano – Denmark
Developer of laboratory analysis and diagnostics technology to expand the functionality of simple laboratory equipment
Reactive Robotics – Germany
A robotic assistance system for the mobilization of critically ill patients
Maithri Aquatech – India
Developer of water systems to ease the dependence on scarce water resources
Provizio – Ireland
A software-defined active safety platform, using AI on-the-edge to perceive, predict and prevent auto accidents
Connected Insurance – Israel
And AI-based connected insurance platform to transform the way people consume insurance
FIMECS Inc. – Japan
Developer of protein degradation therapeutics to treat previously undruggable cancers
Bounce – Kuwait
Developer of a digital education platform to connect educators and learners
Minu – Mexico
Provider of unsecured micro-loan services to employees in Mexico
Whoppah – Netherlands
A safe digital marketplace for second-hand designer furniture and art
Musiversal – Portugal
Developer of a music recording and collaboration platform turn artists’ ideas into reality
Avey – Qatar
Empowering health through AI self-diagnostics and tailored health journeys
OTO – Saudi Arabia
Developer of a SaaS-based multi-carrier shipping management software dedicated to retailers and e-commerce
iiDENTIFii – South Africa
Remote biometric digital authentication and automated on-boarding technology
Cureety – Spain
A digital solution that improves the care pathway of cancer patients
Ganzin Technology Inc. – Taiwan
Creator of the next generation eye tracking modules that can be easily integrated into AR/VR modules
HiiROC – United Kingdom
Developer of a low-cost zero-emission hydrogen production system
Alkymi – United States
Developer of enterprise software for freeing data automatically from emails and documents to drive real-time decisions and action
Notes to Editors:
About the competition
The inaugural KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Competition was introduced in 2021, to build upon KPMG in the UK’s Best British Tech Pioneer competition. In the first year of the global competition, 17 countries in major regions of the world participated in the competition. In 2022, the competition grew to include 22 countries and jurisdictions from both mature and emerging markets.
Companies from the startup to growth stages were invited to pitch their innovations and present their growth ambitions to panels of local and global industry experts for the opportunity to be recognized as a leading technology innovator in their country and ultimately on the global stage.
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