FinTech Australia is proud to announce the 2021 Finnies finalists

Recognising and rewarding the Australian FinTech community by honouring innovation, growth and collaboration.

 

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for this year’s Finnies along with the Victorian Government as presenting partner.

We received 290 incredible award entries across 20 categories. Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter.

FinTech Australia CEO, Rebecca Schot-Guppy, and the FinTech Australia Board were faced with the incredibly difficult task of arriving at the finalists. The category winners will be announced in-person this year on 9 June, 2021 at The Forum, Melbourne. Tickets will go on sale next week.

“We are thrilled with the quality of applications and the finalists, a testament of the growth, and strength of the fintech ecosystem. We are excited to celebrate the hard fought achievements of the ecosystem at this year’s Finnies” said FinTech Australia CEO, Rebecca Schot-Guppy.

This year we bring back the People’s Choice Awards for Emerging Organisation and Organisation of the Year. Voting will begin in two weeks. We celebrate our inaugural Hall of Fame inductees to commemorate two companies that have made a lasting impression on the Australian fintech industry’s overall development.

FINNIES 2021 FINALISTS

People, Culture and Talent

BEST WORKPLACE DIVERSITY, Sponsored by Tanggram
Adatree
Bizcap
Brighte
CampaignAgent
Fupay
loans.com.au
TRAction

EMERGING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by GoCardless
Alex Harper, Swyftx
Belinda Hogan – 86 400
Ivan Tchourilov, OpenMarkets Group
Jessica Joyce, Fupay
Jill Berry, Adatree
Patrick Coghlan, CreditorWatch
Rhys Davis, Fresh Equities
Stephanie Gillon, Flare

FEMALE FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Seed Space
Carolyn Breeze, GoCardless
Jessica Joyce, Fupay
Jill Berry, Adatree
Joanne Edwards, WISR
Jodi Stanton, Rush Gold
Naby Mariyam, Coverhero
Natalie Dinsdale, Athena Home Loans
Simone Joyce, Paypa Plane

OUTSTANDING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by BDO
Alex Harper, Swyftx
Ben Williamson, Fresh Equities
Carolyn Breeze, GoCardless
Christian Westerlind Wigstrom, Moonova
Clayton Howes, MoneyMe Group
John Winters, Superhero
Katherine McConnell, Brighte
Simone Joyce, Paypa Plane

 

Growth Mindset and Global Perspective

EXCELLENCE IN ESTABLISHING MARKET PRESENCE: GLOBAL, Sponsored by Tanggram
Openpay Group Limited
Rush Gold
Verrency
Wallet of Satoshi

EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS, Sponsored by Xero
Fillr
Flare
Fupay
Look Who’s Charging
MoneyMe Perks – Freestyle virtual Mastercard & Cashrewards
CampaignAgent
Rush Gold Bullion Mastercard by Rush Gold and EML Payments
Sniip partners with American Express and Apple Pay

 

Excellence in Business

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS LENDING, Sponsored by Creditor Watch
Banjo Loans
Business Fuel
Butn
GetCapital
Prospa
OnDeck Australia
Radium Capital
Valiant Finance

EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER LENDING, Sponsored by Vic Gov
Athena Home Loans
Brighte
Fupay
loans.com.au
MoneyMe Ltd
Tic:Toc
Wisr
86 400 smartbank

EXCELLENCE IN PAYMENTS (including Remittance/FX), Sponsored by Paypa Plane
DiviPay
GoCardless
Medipass
Monoova
Split Payments
Verrency
Wise
Zip

EXCELLENCE IN BLOCKCHAIN/DISTRIBUTED LEDGER, Sponsored by Swyftx
AgUnity Pty Ltd
BOULEVARD Global Ltd.
CommChain Pty Ltd
Hutly
Meeco
Oxen
Pellar Technology
RelayPay

EXCELLENCE IN CRYPTO AND DIGITAL CURRENCIES/WALLETS/EXCHANGES, Sponsored by Stone & Chalk
Binance Australia
Cointree
Dacxi Australia
e-Pocket Pty Ltd
Elbaite
Independent Reserve
Swyftx
Wallet of Satoshi

EXCELLENCE IN INSURTECH, Sponsored by IAG
Coverhero
Digital Agriculture Services (DAS)
FreightSafe
Open Insurance
uBind
UpSure – Innovators Insured

EXCELLENCE IN REGTECH, Sponsored by OneTrust
Adatree
Arctic Intelligence
ComplyAdvantage
Fenergo
FrankieOne
LAB Group
TRAction

EXCELLENCE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT (INCLUDING PFM AND ROBO), Sponsored by Ausiex
Fresh Equities
Frollo – PFM platform
Fupay
myprosperity
Raiz Invest
Sharesight
Superhero
Stockspot

EXCELLENCE IN OPEN DATA, Sponsored by Truelayer
Adatree
Basiq
Biza.io Platform:
Envestnet | Yodlee
Frollo

EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES, Sponsored by Data Action
CreditorWatch Online Credit Risk Services
eftpos Payments Australia Limited
King & Wood Mallesons
K&L Gates
Startupbootcamp Australia 2020 Program
Stone & Chalk
The Fold Legal
UK Department for International Trade

Organisational Excellence Awards

DEAL OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by YBF Ventures
NextGen.Net & Frollo
Quadpay & Zip
Rakuten Inc. & Fillr
Wirecard Australia and New Zealand & Change Financial
86 400 & National Australia Bank Limited (NAB)

BEST PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Firstmac
Adatree and Verifier
Athena Home Loans and PwC Australia
BOQ and Frollo
CreditorWatch and Open Analytics Partnership
Rush Gold and EML Payments
SISS Data Services and Intuit QuickBooks
Superhero and Split
Valiant Finance and Australia Post

EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Mastercard
Adatree
Beforepay
Brickfloor
FrankieOne
OpenMarkets Group
Superhero
WeMoney
86 400 smartbank

FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR, Sponsored by Vocus
Athena Home Loans
Fresh Equities
Monoova
Prospa
Tic:Toc
Up
Verrency
Wisr

Five FinTechs on Friday – April 16, 2021

We’re back on Clubhouse today at 3:30pm AEST to discuss the latest in fintech including the 5 fintechs. Use this link to save to calendar or this one at 3:30 pm

Check out today’s five fintechs below!

Today is the last day before the early bird discount ends for Intersekt 2021. Register here today before 11:59 PM and save your place at lower prices. (more…)

Pinstripe Media launches new Fintech Focus segment on AusBiz network in partnership with FinTech Australia

FinTech Australia has partnered with Pinstripe Media to launch a new segment for the StartUp Daily Show focused on the fintech industry.

Hosted by StartUp Daily editor Simon Thomsen and Pinstripe Media reporter and co-host Sam Brown, the segment, FinTech Focus, will host interviews and panel discussion delving into the key issues and news stories in the sector. (more…)

Mastercard joins FinTech Australia as an ecosystem partner

Mastercard, a global pioneer in payments innovation and technology, has joined FinTech Australia as an ecosystem partner and as an event partner for the 2021 Finnie Awards.

In partnering with FinTech Australia, Mastercard aims to become a leading source for advice, support and guidance to fintechs in the global payments sector. In addition, FinTech Australia and Mastercard will also run a joint fintech pitch event later this year.

“Collaborations between fintechs and large financial services are key to growing our fintech sector. We’re thrilled to see Mastercard take this step in partnering with FinTech Australia to better collaborate with the local industry,” Rebecca Schot-Guppy, CEO of FinTech Australia said.

“We’re particularly excited to have Mastercard as an event sponsor for this year’s Finnies event. With their support, we are well placed to hold our best event to date for the ecosystem.”

“Our ecosystem partnership program has more than doubled in size over the past 12 months, indicating strong demand for partnerships and collaboration with the industry,” she added.

In Europe and North America, Mastercard is already the partner of choice for 97% of the top Fintech brands. The Mastercard Accelerate partnership program takes a relationship-led approach to helping fintechs build and scale their operations, supported by four dedicated programs:

  • Mastercard Fintech Express – Provides fintechs with accelerated speed-to-market at every stage of their growth journey, by providing product differentiation, financial flexibility and global licensing support through dedicated in-market teams.
  • Mastercard Engage – Identifies qualified technology partners and fintechs, connecting them to thousands of Mastercard partners and customers to help scale their businesses efficiently.
  • Mastercard StartPath – Invites later-stage startups to participate in a 6-month program, providing opportunities to scale and secure strategic investments. More than 200 companies have participated in StartPath since its founding in 2014, including local success stories Airwallex and Identitii.
  • Mastercard Developers – Provides APIs for everything, empowering engineers with the ability to access Mastercard payment, security and analytics services via simple, user-friendly documentation, SDKs and sample code for the top programming languages

“Mastercard has long recognised the high levels of innovation and entrepreneurial talent here in Australia. The organisation is excited to partner with FinTech Australia and its members to further accelerate the incredible growth we’ve seen from the ecosystem in recent years,” said Kallan Hogan, Vice President, Fintech Account Management, Australasia, Mastercard. 

“As a global technology company, Mastercard’s ambition is to enable fintechs to scale both at home and abroad. This partnership aims to connect local players in the space to Mastercard’s industry experience, technology and connections, alongside the resources available at its Global Tech Hub in Sydney, helping these organisations rise to the next level, quickly.”

FinTech Australia’s current corporate partners include: IDEMIA, Google, eftpos, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bank of Queensland, NAB, EY and BDO.

The FinTech Australia partnership program helps embed these companies within the fintech ecosystem and networks them with its key players.

 

Media contact

Harrison Polites (FinTech Australia)

harrison@themediaaccelerator.com.au

0409 623 618

Luke McClelland (Mastercard)

luke.mcclelland@mastercard.com

0417 761 139

 

About FinTech Australia

FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian FinTech Startup community. Our vision is to make Australia the leading market for FinTech Innovation and Investment by working with both sides of Government, Industry and the Australian FinTech community to create a supportive environment and partner ecosystem in Australia and abroad.

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

Five FinTechs on Friday – March 26, 2021

We’re on Clubhouse! To hear more about the five fintechs highlighted today and general chat about all things fintech with Simone Joyce, Chair of FinTech Australia and Founder of Paypa Plane, and Brian Collins, MD at Startupbootcamp; head here OR add to calendar.

Check them out below!

Last chance to apply for the Finnie Awards 2021. Have the chance to be recognised amongst the most innovative Australian companies that are disrupting the fintech industry.

Intersekt 2021 registration is now live! Grab a ticket for the most thought-provoking and diverse Asia-Pacific fintech conference.

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Up makes money easy on TikTok with Australia first Gamified Effect

TikTok creators are today playing the first-ever Australian branded Gamified Effect thanks to a partnership between Up and TikTok. The new effect gives anyone on the TikTok platform the chance to play a 30-second game, munching as many coins as they can to show them who’s boss and potentially win a very real $1000.

Up’s Head of Product, Anson Parker said “It makes sense for Up to launch Australia’s first branded TikTok Gamified Effect. At the heart of Up is our goal to change the whole experience of saving and spending – because the more engaged and connected you are to your money, the easier it is to take control and build the life you want.

“Over the past 12 months, we’ve been using TikTok as a way to connect with existing customers and meet new ones. We’ve found TikTok to be an effective and engaging way to do that, and by leading Australia with new ways to use the platform we’ve been able to show our customers that having a sense of humour and being good with money aren’t mutually exclusive.” Anson said.

Brett Armstrong, TikTok’s General Manager of Global Business Solutions ANZ said “Up was one of the first brands we worked with when we launched our commercial business in Australia and they have always been open to trying new things and reimagining what’s possible for engaging with customers using TikTok. The ‘For You’ page on our platform gives the opportunity for any creator to go viral, and for branded creative effects like the one Up has launched with us today to be seen and used by our TikTok community all over the world. To see Up jumping at the chance to have a bit of fun with their customers is really surprising and unique for this category.”

The game will be live on TikTok from midnight, 20th March, and anyone can play and take a shot at the prize up until 31st March. The TikTok Gamified Branded Effect campaign is part of Up’s new brand platform, Easy Money. To launch the campaign Up has partnered with some of Australia’s biggest TikTok creators including Georgie and Zac, Emily Johnson, and Chantel Mila.

About Up

Up is Australia’s first and largest mobile-only digital bank. Up helps you control your money and simplify your life by giving you a range of financial superpowers you can use to spend wisely and save effortlessly. With no monthly fees, competitive interest rates, fast in-app signup, and instant access to Apple Pay™ and Google Pay™, Up is easy to try Australia-wide. We design and build experiences that customers didn’t think we’re possible in a bank, and features they didn’t know they needed. Learn more about Up at https://up.com.au

Link4 selected to provide e-Invoicing for Geoscience Australia.

Geoscience Australia have chosen Link4 as their e-Invoicing Access Point provider. Link4 will help them meet the ATO’s mandate of having e-Invoicing in place by 30 June 2021. (more…)

Five FinTechs on Friday – March 19, 2021

We’re on clubhouse! If you’re looking to end your week with some relaxed #Fintech updates, Brian Collins and Simone Joyce will be hosting the second instalment of FinTech Australia‘s #clubhouse series. In 30mins they’ll take a stroll around the 5 Fintechs profiled today, and the trends and news sitting behind them. Clubhouse link 

This Friday we have five exciting fintechs: A banking insights app, a payment platform, a data facilitation platform, a credit risk software provider and a market leader in R&D financing.

Check them out below!

Don’t forget to apply for the Finnie Awards 2021 and have the chance to be recognised amongst the most innovative Australian companies that are disrupting the fintech industry. Entries close on March 30th!

Intersekt 2021 registration is now live! Grab your ticket for the most thought provoking and diverse Asia-Pacific fintech conference.

(more…)

Banks pick up digital pace as over half of Royal Banking Commission recommendations not yet implemented

  1. 80% of banking assets in Australia still dominated by Big 4 as early wins by challengers were not sustained.
  2. Use of AI for customer management to increase revenues in retail banking by 20% and wealth management by 15%.
  3. Digital banks in APAC experienced over 300% customer base growth in 2020/2019, compared to traditional incumbents

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Stripe has raised a new round of funding to accelerate momentum in Europe and reinforce enterprise leadership

Stripe, which builds economic infrastructure for the internet, has raised a $600 million (€500 million) funding round at a $95B (€80B) valuation. Primary investors include Allianz X, Axa, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Sequoia Capital, and Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). (more…)

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