Updates in the fintech industry July 25, 2019

The 2019 EY FinTech Australia Census is open. Thank you to everyone who has filled out the survey so far. The census gives us hard data and credible insights to back our advocacy work to drive the industrys ongoing expansion. If you are a fintech, please use this link tothe surveyand you also have a chance to win two intersekt tickets!

I am pleased to announceupcoming UK opportunities, Australian Fintech Mission to the UK for Lendit Fintech Europe 2019 and Newfound’s Go-No-Go. These events are indicative of strengthening relationships between Australia and the UK in this space and are extremely valuable if you are thinking of expanding there. The Trade Mission will occur in conjunction with Lendit, thereforeparticipants get access to Europe’s largest Financial Services Innovation as well as facilitated introductions with the UK ecosystem.More information on those opportunities below. (more…)

Australian UK fintech mission: Lendit fintech Europe

The UKs Department for International Trade (DIT) in partnership with Fintech Australia is looking to bring a delegation of leading Australian fintech companies to London for Lendit Fintech Europe 2019.

LendIt Fintech Europe is the continents Leading Event in Financial Services Innovation. This years event will attract 1,200+ fintechs, banks and investors from Europes most influential companies to learn, network and do business and will take place from 26 – 27 September 2019.

DIT will curate a programme of events to facilitate meetings and introductions to the UK fintech ecosystem. Australian fintechs ready to expand to the UK are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity.


23rd-27th September 2019



Are you a part of B2B technology start-up looking to expand into the UK?

Newfound, who specialise in scaling ambitious technology companies to new markets, have just launched their Go-No-Go promotion to support businesses looking to launch in the UK. Youll have to be quick to apply as applications close 31st July.

The winning company will benefit from:

– 25,000 worth of market entry support

– A bespoke market validation report

– Market introductions to identified key stakeholders

– 1-week free accommodation for a scheduled UK market visit

Apply now at gonogo.newfound.global

If you have any further questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to contact Harry McPhail at harry.mcphail@newfound.global

NAB innovation portal

NAB recently partnered with Israels Bank Leumi and Canada-based CIBC to launch anonline portalthat provides Fintechs with an opportunity to submit partnership proposals directly to the banks.

Through the portal, Fintechs can understand specific customer problems the banks are looking to solve for, choose which banks they want to pitch to and send their proposal directly to the selected banks partnerships team. A response can be expected from banks within seven days.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Australian Fintechs as it not only provides a channel for connecting with the partnerships team within NAB, but also provides an opportunity to scale into global markets by connecting with banks from around the globe.

Check out the portal here:www.globalfintechlink.com

How banks are partnering with fintechs on deciphering transaction data

Responsible lending practices are back in the headlines, and once again Australias major banks are under fire.

In statements to ASIC, all major banks inferred that using transaction data to access loans is an expensive and risky exercise.

What wasnt reported, however, is that all major banks are leveraging partnerships with fintechs to quickly build out this capability.

Behind the headline, this is yet another story of bank and fintech partnerships working towards better outcomes for society.


Pitch to Emirates NBD

A unique opportunity has come up for Australian fintechs ready to go international. Apply to pitch to Emirates National Bank Of Dubai (EmiratesNBD).

Austrade is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Australian fintechs to showcase via videoconference capabilities in 3 key areas:
1. Compliance
2. AI (excluding algorithms and chat bots)
3. Cognitive robotics/ automation

EmiratesNBD is one of the largest banks in the region with total assets of AUD 208 billion. The Group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 per cent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards. The bank currently has 234 branches and 1076 ATMs and SDMs in the UAE and overseas and a large social media following. The Group has operations in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and representative offices in China, Indonesia, Turkey and Mumbai.

Applications will be referred to EmiratesNBD for shortlisting.

Please email Naila Mazzucco for further details on how to apply: Naila.Mazzucco@austrade.gov.au

Updates In fintech June 12, 2019

The 2019 Finnie awards ceremony was a huge success!Congratulations to all the winners, this group ofcompanies represent the best of our ecosystem and our achievements to date. Again, we would like to thankall thesponsors,judgesand presentersfor their support of the ecosystem. Check out the winners list and pictures from the night.

We are currently working towards the upcoming AGM scheduled for June 26.

In opportunities, the community gets exclusive discounts to attend or exhibit at the LendIt Fintech in London.More details for both are below. (more…)

Updates in the fintech industry July 11, 2019

The 2019 EY FinTech Australia Census is now open. If you are a fintech startup, we encourage you to participate in this year’s census. Help us be better informedinour advocacy work and policy discussions. We willbe sharing the survey link in our next newsletter and onsocials shortly – so keep a look out for that!

The second consultation is open for Treasury for the Open Banking Instrument. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Thesubmission draft is underway andisdue on Friday 12th July. (more…)

Exhibit with FinTech Australia at CEBIT 2019

CEBIT is a technology conference and exhibition that explores the impact that digitisation is having on business. They attract a comprehensive range of innovative organisations who showcase the latest in business technology to the varied audience of professionals who attend. CEBIT Australia 2019 will feature a reimagined content program that will help you with key digital transformation issues that will help your organisation innovate and grow. Over 200 expert speakers will deliver keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and lightning talks.
The event will run from 29th – 31st October at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
Reach out toRehanif you wish to exhibit at this years CEBIT.

Speakership opportunity at Paris Fintech Forum

The Paris Fintech Forum (PFF) is the most exclusive European annual event on digital finance & Fintech, organized by Altir Event. In 2019, for the 4th edition, more than 2700 international participants from 75 countries, 280+ speakers, and 180+ Fintechs gathered to discuss the latest trends and topics in the sector. This event grew to become the Davos of digital finance & Fintech.

PFF 2020 will take place in Paris, France, on January 28th and 29th, 2020 at Palais Brongniart under the high patronage of M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. This former stock exchange building, classified as a Historical Monument, is located in “Vivienne” district, between the place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum.

Expect an outstanding speaker line up, an amazing international crowd of attendees being mostly decision makers (c-level and directors), not to mention more than 100 amazing partners.


Upcoming Events
  1. Intersekt 2021

    May 19 @ 9:00 am - May 20 @ 6:00 pm
  2. Finnies 2021

    June 9

Peoples Choice Organisation of 2020

Finnies 2020: Outstanding Fintech Leader of the Year

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