Finalists named in KPMG Presents Best British Mobile Startup 2017

Finalists named in KPMG Presents

A cyber company that safeguards children and an app that can track a company's mobile workforce are among the four UK startups that have been selected to head to Barcelona next year in a bid to become KPMG Presents: “The Best British Mobile Startup 2017”.


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A cyber company that safeguards children and an app that can track a company's mobile workforce are among the four UK startups that have been selected to head to Barcelona next year in a bid to become the KPMG Presents :“The Best British Mobile Startup 2017”.

Voxpopme, SafeToNet, BigChange Apps and AppyParking were among over a hundred startups to apply to the competition which will see them head to the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile industry gathering in February next year. There they will each showcase their business to judges and investors at the startup conference 4 Years From Now (4YFN) and one will be crowned the Best British Mobile Startup 2017.

To make it to the final, each startup took part in a regional competition where they had to pitch their business to a panel of judges in London, Bristol, Leeds or Birmingham. The winners of each stage were:

LEEDS : BigChange Apps, creators of JobWatch; the all-in-one mobile platform to plan, manage, schedule and track a company's mobile workforce

BRISTOL : SafeToNet, cyber safety company that safeguards children from abuse and harmful content on social media

BIRMINGHAM : Voxpopme, creators of a market research and customer feedback tool for businesses

LONDON : AppyParking, providing apps and services for drivers to locate parking options in major cities in the UK

Patrick Imbach, Co-Head of KPMG’s Tech Growth practice said:

"We have been seriously impressed by the innovative businesses that stepped forward to take part in the competition but the judges all agreed that the four finalists are testament to the strength of the UK when it comes to disruptive mobile technologies.

“We are excited to be taking the finalists out to World Mobile Congress which is an amazing opportunity to showcase the best that the UK has on offer in terms of mobile startups and could be a game changer for the winner. For the finalists this opportunity to get in front of the key players in the industry could be invaluable to their growth ambitions and will open doors that can be difficult for a small enterprise to achieve on their own.”

Last year the competition was won by London based What3words, a universal addressing system based on a 3mx3m global grid. Each of the 57 trillion 3mx3m squares in the world has been pre-allocated a fixed & unique 3 word address. They have since won large contracts in the market and gone on to be win the Eurobest Innovation Grand Prix, recognised by Unilever Award for Impact on the UN Millennium Development Goals and were named finalists of the WIRED Audi Innovation Awards.

The Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest annual mobile industry gathering, organised by the GSMA. Last year the event attracted over 100,000 attendees from all parts if the world, and industry analysts and business leaders.

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