FinTech Australia Announces 2019 Finnies Award Winners

FinTech Australia has announced the winners of the 2019 Finnies Awards. As previously reported, there were 237 submissions this year, across all 19 award categories and the number of submissions was up 30%. This year’s event, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time, will celebrate collaboration and partnerships, which is a focus of FinTech Australia this year.

Winners of the FinTech Australia 2019 Finnie Awards are the following:

FinTech Organisation of the Year — Sponsored by Liberty 

Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year — Sponsored by AfterPay Touch
Athena Home Loans

Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year — Sponsored by Stone & Chalk
Jack Zhang, AirWallex

Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year (under 35) — Sponsored by Reinventure Group
Jessica Ellerm, Zuper

Female FinTech Leader of the Year — Sponsored by Seed Space Capital
Van Le, Xinja

Best Partnership of the Year — Sponsored by FirstMac
Up (Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, and Ferocia)

Biggest Raise of the Year — Sponsored by Primary Markets

Deal of the Year — Sponsored by Cornwalls

Best Workplace Diversity — Sponsored by Liberty 

Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger & Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges 
Enosi Australia

Excellence in Business Lending 
Trade Ledger

Excellence In Consumer Lending 

Excellence in Crowdfunding

Excellence in Establishing Market Presence: Global — Sponsored by Austrade

Excellence in FinTech Support Services
Reinventure Group

Excellence in Industry Collaborations & Partnerships — Sponsored by StartUp Daily
Up  (Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, and Ferocia)

Excellence in Insurtech
Huddle Insurance

Excellence in Payments — Sponsored by The State of Victoria – Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Excellence in Wealth Management

FinTech Australia also reported that Up Bank and AfterPay took home two awards each. AirWallex won three awards, including Biggest Raise of The Year for its $141 million raise in March 2019. Speaking about the winners,  FinTech Australia General Manager, Rebecca Schot-Guppy, stated:

“I want to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Finnie Awards, this group of companies represent the best of our ecosystem and our achievements to date. This year we set out to acknowledge collaboration across the fintech industry and we believe this cohort of winners truly represent this crucial theme and key point of difference for our ecosystem. AirWallex, Up Bank’s and Afterpay achievement also can’t be understated, given the calibre of all of the entries.”

Schot-Guppy went on to add:

“We had a record number of entries, up 30 per cent from last year. Tickets to the event also sold out within a fortnight. For the first time in the Finnies three-year history, we had a waiting list for further ticket sales. It all ties into the unprecedented growth we’ve seen in the fintech sector in the past year.”

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