LendIt Fintech Announces PitchIt Competition & Second Annual LendIt Industry Award Winners

LendIt Fintech, the world’s leading event in financial services innovation, announced on Wednesday the winners of its sixth annual PitchIt competition and 21 winners of its second annual LendIt Industry Awards.

 global competition for fintech startups to attract funding, mentorship, endorsement, and exposure to institutions, investors, and broad visibility. The event declared that out of eight PitchIt finalists, the judge’s winner was CreditStacks, a company that offers U.S.-based premium credit cards to prime, new-to-credit customers. The audience winner was Narmi, which is described as a fintech company the helps credit unions and banks deliver a unified experience with modern and secure online banking, mobile banking and websites. LendIt Fintech also reported that it received hundreds of applications this year in various segments of fintech, including AI, blockchain, data, visual identity and bank technology.

The second annual LendIt Industry Awards then celebrated fintech market leaders, emerging innovators, and top talent. The 21 winners were announced during the LendIt Industry Awards Show & Dinner on April 10th. The night brought together over 400 fintech influencers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Categories included Fintech Innovator of the Year, Fintech Woman of the Year and Blockchain Innovator of the Year. The Industry Awards celebrate fintech market leaders, emerging innovators, and top talent.

Speaking about the winners of both events, Peter Renton, Co-founder and Co-chairman, LendIt Fintech, stated:

“Fintech is experiencing a boom in innovation and we are yet again impressed by all the award nominees who are a contributing factor in improving the quality of daily life for everyone. As the fintech space continues to grow, these recognized thought leaders as well as many attendees at LendIt Fintech are at the epicenter of financial innovation.”

The Second annual LendIt Industry Award winners are listed below:

  • Fintech Innovator of the Year
    • Affirm
  • Executive of the Year
    • Anthony Hsieh, Founder & CEO, loanDepot
  • Fintech Woman of the Year
    • Kathryn Petralia, Co-founder & COO, Kabbage
  • Blockchain Innovator of the Year
    • ConsenSys
  • Most Innovative Token Economy
    • AxiomZen
  • Top Consumer Lending Platform
    • Yirendai
  • Top Small Business Lending Platform
    • Kabbage
  • Top Real Estate Lending Platform
    • LendInvest
  • Emerging Lending Platform
    • LendingUSA
  • Excellence in Financial Inclusion
    • Oportun
  • Most Promising Partnership
    • LendingClub + Opportunity Fund
  • Most Successful Cross-Border Partnership
    • Kasisto + DBS Bank
  • Most Innovative Bank
    • Cross River
  • International Innovator of the Year
    • IrisGuard
  • Top Enterprise Technology Company
    • ThreatMetrix
  • Top Emerging Technology Company
    • MoneyLion
  • Top Professional Services Company
    • Millennium Trust
  • Most Innovative Mobile Technology
    • Juvo
  • Top Fintech Equity Investor
    • Edison Partners
  • Best Journalist Coverage
    • Tony Zerucha, Managing Editor, Bankless Times
  • Top Investment Bank in Fintech
    • FT Partners
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