FinTech Australia announced on Thursday it opened entries for the 2019 Finnie Awards. The organization claims that the Finnie Awards is Australia’s only industry-backed fintech awards and the event gives more than 100 fintech startups the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements.
Fintech Australia revealed this year’s awards will hone in on collaboration in the fintech sector, with the introduction of several new awards, including Deal of the year, Partnership of the year and Biggest raise of the year. A total of 19 awards will be on offer including with several key awards returning, which are FinTech Organisation of the Year, Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year, Female FinTech Leader of the Year, Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year, and Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year.
Fintech Australia then noted that the awards will also recognize achievements in blockchain, business lending, consumer lending, insuretech, crowdfunding, wealth management and payments. While sharing more details about this year’s event, FinTech Australia General Manager Rebecca Schot-Guppy, stated:
“Our ethos towards collaboration is what makes the fintech community unique, so this year we want to celebrate it. This ties into our decision to shift this year’s event to Melbourne too. We want to give members who couldn’t make it to the previous awards in Sydney the opportunity to celebrate our community’s success.”
Schot-Guppy went on to add:
“No fintech can disrupt in isolation. Banks, government and other organisations play a key role in facilitating and contributing to the sector. We want to recognise the companies that are leveraging this ecosystem to its fullest, in addition to other standout businesses and founders who are punching above their weight.”