FinTech Australia Announces 2020 Finnies Award Winners

October 28, 2020 — Airwallex and Athena Home Loans, Brighte and Wisr are among the biggest winners of the virtual Finnie Awards. 

Airwallex took home a total of four awards including Fintech Organisation of The Year, Excellence in Payments and the new People’s Choice award for Organisation of The Year. The company’s President and co-founder Lucy Liu was also named Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year.

Athena Home Loans was awarded the Excellence in Consumer Lending and for the second year in a row the Emerging FinTech Organisation of The Year. Brighte’ Katherine McConnell was named Female Fintech leader of the year. The company also took out the award for Best Workplace Diversity. 

Wisr CEO Anthony Nantes was named Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year.

Moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the Finnies awards celebrate excellence in fintech. This year’s contest saw over 211 outstanding entries across 19 categories. 

FinTech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy said: “Despite the toll COVID-19 has had on our industry, the calibre of entries this year was outstanding.”

“I want to congratulate Airwallex, Athena Home Loans, Brighte’s achievement in winning multiple awards this intensely competitive year.”

“Most companies took home a single award this year, and I think that speaks to the overall maturity of the fintech industry. We continue to achieve even in times of hardship.

Victorian Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said: “We’re so proud to support The Finnies for the third year running. Hosted by Melbourne-based FinTech Australia, the awards recognise and reward the fintech community for the huge role they play in keeping our economy moving.”

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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.

2020 Finnies Winners

I. People, Culture and Talent


BEST WORKPLACE DIVERSITY – Sponsored by YBF

Brighte

 

EMERGING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by GoCardless

Lucy Liu – Airwallex – President & Co-founder

 

FEMALE FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by SeedSpace

Katherine McConnell – Brighte – Founder & CEO

 

OUTSTANDING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Vocus

Anthony Nantes – Wisr – CEO

 

II. Growth Mindset and Global Perspective

 

EXCELLENCE IN ESTABLISHING MARKET PRESENCE: GLOBAL – Sponsored by Google

Afterpay

 

EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS – Sponsored by Gen

Advisory

Meeco

 

III. Excellence in Business

 

EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS LENDING – Sponsored by The Studio

Prospa

 

EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER LENDING – Sponsored by Basiq

Athena Home Loans

 

EXCELLENCE IN CROWDFUNDING – Sponsored by Tank Stream Labs

BIRCHAL

 

EXCELLENCE IN PAYMENTS – Sponsored by Paypa Plane

Airwallex

 

EXCELLENCE IN BLOCKCHAIN/DISTRIBUTED LEDGER AND DIGITAL CURRENCIES/WALLETS/EXCHANGES – Sponsored by Cornwalls

Geora

 

EXCELLENCE IN INSURTECH – Sponsored by IAG

Claim Central Consolidated

 

EXCELLENCE IN REGTECH – Sponsored by Victorian Government, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Frankie Financial

 

EXCELLENCE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT (INCLUDING PFM AND ROBO) – Sponsored by UKDIT

Myprosperity

 

IV. Excellence in Support Services

 

EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES – Sponsored by Stone & Chalk

King & Wood Mallesons

 

V. Organisational Excellence Awards

 

DEAL OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by BDO

Joust and Loan Dolphin

 

BEST PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Firstmac

Up with Ferocia & Bendigo & Adelaide Bank

 

EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Afterpay

Athena Home Loans

 

FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by BPAY

Airwallex

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Tier One People

Cake Equity

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Tier One

People

Airwallex