Following the incredible success of the inaugural competition last year, KPMG has once again called on technology innovators across the continent to showcase their innovations with the aim of not only highlighting new technological breakthroughs that are transforming and revolutionizing businesses in various sectors, but to identify those companies that are truly leading the pack – to take them to the global event to be held in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2022.
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After a four-month competition, KPMG Private Enterprise has announced the winner of its Tech Innovator in Africa Awards where iiDENTIFii took first place, closely followed by Chekkit Technologies Inc in second place and Troygoldin in third place.
The global competition is made up of 20 countries across the world’s key economies and while each region runs its own competition, the global platform allows various players from around the world to showcase their companies’ products and services and be recognized for their technological innovation and business model. excellence, judged by a panel of local and global industry experts.
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“Africa is ripe for innovation and this competition truly showcases Africa’s leading tech innovators locally and globally, demonstrating the impact that the fastest growing tech innovators are having across the globe.
“We opened the competition in February this year and received an overwhelming response with 159 entries from across the continent, almost double the number of entries received last year. This not only demonstrates the growing technological innovation in Africa, but indicates the appetite of African technology companies to be recognized and expand their operations for the greater good of the continent and its people,” said Alan Barr, Partner and Head of Private Enterprise at KPMG.
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After the grueling semi-finals in East, South and West Africa, 10 finalists showed up in a virtual event for the final leg of the African competition. The competition was tough, but iiDENTIFii was announced as the winner who will represent Africa at the global event later this year. Finalists were judged on innovation and disruption, market potential, customer adoption, marketing/buzz, pitch quality and the long-term potential and sustainability of their respective businesses – leaving Judges deemed it a difficult task to accomplish.
“It was great to see the change in innovations this year and how African businesses have used the challenges of the past two years to really define their strategies and ensure they have adapted to the wants and needs of the market” , continues Barr.