BusinessCloud has teamed up with KPMG in its bid to unearth the nation's most promising technology start-ups.

The professional services giant has thrown its weight behind our #startup150 campaign, which will scour the nation to find the hottest young companies in each region.

Graham Pearce, head of tech, media and telco for KPMG in the North, said: "BusinessCloud has already forged a reputation as being a respected voice in business technology and we've been delighted to join forces with them on a series of events.

"Tech start-ups are the lifeblood of the tech sector and the idea of showcasing 150 of the best start-ups in the UK is brilliant.

"We have offices all over the UK and we'll be leveraging our national expertise to find the best of the best.

"BusinessCloud's list of 100 women role models of tech literally reached millions of people and I'm sure this will be a similar success." 

We received a nomination within just 30 seconds of the announcement appearing online while the names and details of more than 75 companies have now been put forward.

It is the latest step in the ongoing relationship between KPMG and BusinessCloud.

KPMG's stunning new Manchester office in St Peter's Square played host to our 'Focus on tech scene in Manchester' breakfast and roundtable last week, which was trending across the region after reaching almost a million people on Twitter.

And a host of the nation's top tech dealmakers and businesspeople have contributed their expertise to a series of roundtables at KPMG offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle and Leeds.

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Readers have been joined by industry experts in sending in their recommendations for up-and-coming fledgling companies to the #startup150 campaign .

BusinessCloud reporter Katherine Lofthouse, who is collecting nominations for the list, said:  “We want to hear from the disrupters, discover the dark horses and tell the world about the incredible tech opportunities that are about to arise from the belly of the British tech scene.

“We know that London and the South East has a thriving tech community, and that’s a well-earned accolade, but the rest of the country has an incredible amount to offer as well, which is why we are so adamant that the list be representative.

“The 150 up-and-comers that will appear on the list will have to demonstrate that they will be the ones to shake up their industries.”

There is still time to nominate a tech start-up for the list, which will be broken down into 12 regions - South East; London; North West, East Anglia; West Midlands; South West; Yorkshire & Humber; East Midlands; North East; Northern Ireland;  Scotland and Wales – with at least 12 businesses coming from each area.

Our panel of judges will also select six entrants for special awards with the full list appearing in the May edition of BusinessCloud.

The magazine’s inaugural 100 Women Role Models of Tech list reached more than two million people on Twitter and was widely praised.

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To nominate a start-up email startup150@businesscloud.co.uk by April 3, 2017. Include location and details of why the start-up stands out from the crowd.

A full list of criteria can be found below but judges are looking for more than just numbers so include details of the founders; obstacles overcome; evidence of investment etc.

CRITERIA

  • Tech is defined as a company that is using tech to disrupt a traditional industry or is creating / selling a technology-based product
  • To be considered for the list a start-up must be less than five years old (launched January 1, 2012 or after) and UK-based;
  • It must be scalable regardless of location and must be fast growing. This could include rising turnover, staff or users;
  • Although not essential, the judges will take into account whether the start-up is still privately owned by the team that started it.
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