Fintech Innovators Announces 2017 Fintech100

Fintech Innovators, a collaboration between fintech investment firm H2 Ventures and KPMG Fintech, announced on Wednesday the 2017 Fintech100. Fintech Innovator revealed that The Fintech100 were selected following extensive global research and analysis based on data relating to five factors. Two criteria are related to capital raising reflecting the emphasis that venture capitalist investors place on the ability of firms to innovate in order to generate a long-term sustainable competitive advantage.  

The Fintech100 includes the “Leading 50” fintech firms around the globe, ranked based on innovation, capital raising activity, size and reach; and the ‘Emerging 50’, which are new fintechs that are at the forefront of innovative technologies and practices and are often pursuing new business models. Key highlights from the 2017 Fintech100 include:

  • China fintechs take the top three places on the list, and Chinese firms account for five of the top 10.
  • Global fintech innovation continues to accelerate, with 29 different countries represented in the Fintech100, up from 22 countries in 2016.
  • Asia Pacific (ASPAC) is on the rise, with 30 fintechs on this year’s list, while the UK and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) dominate the Emerging 50 with 26 companies. The US placed 19 companies on the full list, the most of any country, and three in the top 10.
  • “Disruptors” dominate — fintechs focused on disrupting traditional models represent 73 of the Fintech100.
  • Lending and payments focused companies continue to lead in terms of sectors, with 32 and 21 respectively on the full list. Fifteen companies are in transactions/capital markets and 12 are in insurtech.

Overall, the Fintech100 includes:

  • 41 companies from the UK and EMEA
  • 29 companies from the Americas (North and South America)
  • 30 companies from ASPAC (including Australia and New Zealand).

Ian Pollari, Global Co-Lead of KPMG Fintech, stated:

“Disruptive fintech companies continue to dominate the Fintech 100, representing strong interest from investors in business models and management teams that are seeking to radically change the industry paradigm. That said, the importance of ‘enablers’ – companies working in cooperation with financial services institutions to steadily improve products and services – has remained steady. Across the 2017 list, there are 27 such enablers; working across accounting, insurance and banking.”

Ben Heap, Founding Partner at H2 Ventures, also shared:

“Capital continues to flow into the fintech sector reflecting investor confidence in the future potential of these firms. Twelve companies on this year’s list have raisings over US$100M, including ZhongAn’s US$1.5B raise in conjunction with its recent IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The top 10 are a strong reflection of the diversity of fintech innovation.  There are fintechs with lending and payment platforms, insurtech, digital banking and companies applying big data to fintech.  Superior data and analytics capability notably will be a requirement to be a great financial services firm in the future, be it a traditional bank or a game changing fintech start-up.”

The Top 10 companies in the 2017 Fintech100

  1. Ant Financial – China
  2. ZhongAn – China
  3. Qudian (Qufenqi) – China
  4. Oscar – US
  5. Avant – US
  6. Lufax – China
  7. Kreditech – Germany
  8. Atom Bank – UK
  9. JD Finance – China
  10. Kabbage – US

See the full Fintech 100 list below.

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