Two Scottish firms have been chosen as finalists for KPMG’s competition to find the next UK tech pioneer.
Ten “fast-growth” tech firms from Scotland were selected from almost 200 UK entries to pitch against each other to find an innovator who will represent the country at the British finals later this year.
Desana and Trojan Energy came out on top after presenting their ideas to a panel of industry experts to represent Scotland in the UK tech pioneer final to find “the next tech giant of the future”.
Aberdeen-based electric vehicle charging startup Trojan Energy offers a unique system of charging points that are only visible when an electric vehicle is charging. The firm says that, by promoting the switch to electrification and addressing the lack of electric charging infrastructure, it hopes to help the UK lower its carbon emissions and improve urban air quality.
Edinburgh-based Desana allows firms and their staff to find and book desks and meeting rooms across a global network of flexible workspaces through a single digital platform. Desana also helps firms to operate more flexibly to help to cut down pollution, congestion and alleviate pressure on local transport infrastructure.
Commenting on the competition finalists, James Kergon, office senior partner for KPMG in Glasgow, said: “It was a difficult decision for the judges faced with ten fantastic businesses who all delivered great pitches and showed why Scotland is world-renowned as a hub for innovation.
“Trojan Energy and Desana impressed the judges with the originality of their offering and potential for growth on an international scale. Their solutions also tap into two critical global trends – energy transition and flexible working.
“Both firms now have an opportunity to pitch in front of major industry players looking for the next potential startup to invest in, buy from, or partner with. We wish them the best of luck”.
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Following the success of KPMG’s Best British Tech Pioneer, which has uncovered a host of tech unicorns over the last seven years, this 2021 competition is searching on a global scale.
The overall UK winner will secure a place at Web Summit in Lisbon in November, where they will compete against tech innovators from at least 16 other countries across most major regions of the world to be crowned the first KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Pioneer.
Other Scottish tech companies included on the shortlist alongside Trojan Energy and Desana were: Coastr, Gigged, Obashi Technology, OneBanks, Pawprint, Riiot Digital and Skyrora.