Finnies 2019 Wrap Up

This year’s Finnie Awards was a roaring success with over 300 attendees coming together to celebrate and recognise the achievements and efforts of Aussie fintechs. Not only did attendees come from all over Australia, but there were representatives from Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan as well as international guests from the US and the UK. Held at the Victorian Innovation Hub in Docklands, the 2019 Finnies saw record high entries, with up to 30% more than last year, indicative of the unprecedented growth we have seen in the fintech sector. 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.

In terms of the results, Up Bank, AirWallex and Afterpay are among the biggest winners of the night.

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.

Afterpay was named Fintech Organisation of The Year for the third year in a row.

I want to offer my congratulations to all the winners of this years Finnie Awards, this group of companies represent the best of our ecosystem and our achievements to date, FinTech Australia General Manager Rebecca Schot-Guppy.

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.

Over the next 12 months we will see the continued rise of neobanking in Australia, the launch of Open Banking and perhaps another of our winners will achieve unicorn status.

All of this remarkable innovation and the pace of change showed in the calibre of this years entries. We cant stress enough how tough it was to select the finalists and how proud companies should be for even making it into shortlist.

Winners of the FinTech Australia 2019 Finnie Awards:

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