Are you Ireland’s top tech innovator 2022?

KPMG has kicked off the second annual Global Tech Innovator competition.

The search is now on for Ireland’s leading technology innovator of 2022 as KPMG reveals the judging panel for the Irish round of its second annual Global Tech Innovator competition.

The Irish winner will go on to represent Ireland competing with 22 other countries and jurisdictions in the global final during Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal in November.

“We’re well-positioned to select Ireland’s leading tech innovator of 2022, who will go on to compete against their global peers”

The competition is open to applications from tech start-ups in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland until 16 May 2022.

Finding excellence

The judging panel includes Microsoft Ireland general manager Anne Sheehan, Tommy Kelly the founder and CEO of eShop World, cofounder and managing partner of Atlantic Bridge Elaine Coughlan, Chris McClelland, founding partner at pre-seed fund Broadstone and Seamus Hand, managing partner of KPMG Ireland and a member of KPMG’s Global and EMA boards.

“We’re excited to have secured such a fantastic panel of judges” said Anna Scally, Partner, Head of Technology and Media and Fintech Lead at KPMG Ireland.

“With significant expertise across the technology space, from investors, to founders, leaders and advisors, we’re well-positioned to select Ireland’s leading tech innovator of 2022, who will go on to compete against their global peers in what is sure to be an exciting final in Lisbon in November”.

The competition

Competition entrants will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their innovations and present their growth ambitions to the judging panel.

The competition is open to Irish tech entrepreneurs and start-ups businesses which are pure technology, tech-enabled, tech-led, or tech-driven.

The overall winner in Ireland will progress to the Global Tech Innovator final during Web Summit, with the prize including travel and accommodation to Lisbon, tickets to Web Summit as part of KPMG’s delegation, an exhibition stand for one day, and access to exclusive networking events and mentoring opportunities. 

The competition is open to all technology and tech enabled companies which have operated for 5 years or less, have generated revenue between USD $1m to $10m (or have raised at least $500,000 in equity financing) and are registered and based in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Applicants must have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction in their activities and the potential to scale up. Applications must be submitted by 16th May 2022.

Applications are now open for the competition at

John Kennedy
Award-winning editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.