Following the incredible success of the inaugural competition last year, KPMG again called on tech innovators across the continent to bring their innovations to the table with the aim of not only highlighting new technology breakthroughs that transform and revolutionize businesses in diverse industries but to identify those businesses truly leading the pack.
After a four-month-long competition, KPMG Private Enterprise has announced the winner of their Tech Innovator in Africa Awards where iiDENTIFii took the top spot, followed closely by Chekkit Technologies Inc in second place and Troygold in third place.
iiDENTIFii stood out this year, given their level of innovation and disruption, long-term potential (there are broad application opportunities for their solution) and the quality of their pitch.
iiDENTIFii will go on to compete in the global event taking place in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2022. The global competition is made up of 20 countries across key economies globally and while each region runs their own competition, the global platform allows for various players across the world to pitch their businesses products and services and be recognised for leading tech innovation and business model excellence, judged by a panel of local and global industry experts.
"The entire iiDENTIFii team is honoured to have won this prestigious competition. We’ve been inspired by all the world-class innovators who were in the running throughout Africa," said Lance Fanaroff, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of iiDENTIFii.
Fanaroff further stated that "As Africa’s representative for the global finals, we’re determined to make our continent proud when we compete on the global stage, at the Web Summit 2022 in Lisbon in November. Our team has worked hard to make innovation a consistent thread throughout the business, and we are grateful for KPMG’s commitment to tech trailblazers."
Africa is ripe with innovation and this competition truly showcases Africa's leading tech innovators on a local and global scale – demonstrating the impact that the fastest-growing tech innovators are having across the globe. — Lance Fanaroff
"We opened the competition in February this year and had an overwhelming response with 159 applications from across the continent – almost double compared to the number of applications received last year. This demonstrates not only the growing tech innovation in Africa but indicates the appetite for African tech businesses to be recognised and scale their operations for the greater good of the continent and its people," said Alan Barr, Partner and Head of Private Enterprise at KPMG.
"It was great to see the shift in innovations this year and how African businesses have used the challenges of the past two years to truly define their strategies and ensure they have adapted to what the market wants and needs," Barr added.