FinTech Australia has released the list of finalists for the inaugural Australian Fintech Awards or “Finnie Awards”. There are 60 finalists selected from 158 entries competing in 30 different categories. A total of 39 judges, including 16 from overseas, rated the different award entries to determine the finalists. The award category winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on the night of Wednesday, 24 May.
“We were flooded with incredibly high quality entries for our awards – the judges had to make some difficult decisions to choose the finalists,” said FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho. “Not surprisingly, we received most interest for our FinTech Organisation of the Year and Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year awards, given the prestige of these award categories. In some cases, a mere three points separated half a dozen finalists. Given this is the first time we’ve held the Finnies, we’re very excited with the response we received from the fintech community. We’re also enjoying using these awards to promote the great work and innovation of our fintech companies.”
The Australian government has recognized the importance of fostering a robust Fintech ecosystem and has supported the sector finance.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said he was delighted to hear that 39 of the 58 finalists for the inaugural Finnies awards – more than two thirds – were from NSW.
“NSW is at the heart of Australia’s financial services industry – home to 54 per cent of the nation’s fintech sector – so to get 67 per cent of the Finnies finalists from NSW is a great achievement. Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck for the upcoming awards. The NSW Government, through Jobs for NSW, has provided $80,000 for a two year sponsorship of the Finnies in recognition of the value and jobs that the growing fintech industry brings to our economy,” said Barilaro.
2017 FINNIE Awards Finalists
Major Category Finalists
Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year
- Bigstone Capital Pty Ltd, Team of 5 founders (Boyd, Rob, Liam, Indy & Marcus)
- Emma Weston, CEO and Co-Founder, AgriDigital
- Jack O’Reilly, Director and Founder, funding.com.au
Male FinTech Leader of the Year
- Cameron Poolman, CEO, OnDeck Australia
- Daniel Foggo, CEO, Ratesetter
- Greg Moshal & Beau Bertoli, Founders and Joint CEO’s, Prospa
Female FinTech Leader of the Year
- Anna Harper, CFO, SocietyOne
- Emma Weston, CEO, AgriDigital
- Rhondalynn Korolak, Managing Director, Imagineering Now & Businest
Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year
- OnDeck Australia
- Valiant Finance
FinTech Organisation of the Year
- Data Republic
- OnMarket BookBuilds
- RateSetter Australia
Finalists – Other Categories
Including People, Culture and Talent (3 awards), Growth Mindset and Global Perspective (5 awards), Excellence in Business (17 awards)