FINNIES 2018: Here are all the finalists for Australia's fintech industry awards

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The winners of the 2017 Finnies. Image: Supplied.

FinTech Australia just announced the finalists for the 2018 Finnie awards.

89 companies and individuals were chosen for Australia’s only industry-backed fintech awards, from a record field of more than 200 entries.

“While the entries were all of a very high quality, the finalists showcase the best of Australia’s fintech industry and some amazing individual and company achievements,” said FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan.

“The fact we received 223 award entries – a 40 per cent increase from the 158 entries in 2017 – is in itself a sign of the growing stature of Australia’s fintech industry.”

The finalists were assessed by 81 domestic and international judges including these eight finalists for the Female FinTech Leader of the Year award:

  • Emily Martin – CEO of ethical investment fintech Balance Impact
  • Julia Bearzatto – Head of Technology & Tribe Leader at payments fintech Assembly Payments
  • Lucy Liu – Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer of foreign exchange market making and cross border payment company Airwallex
  • Marie Mortimer – Managing Director of loans.com.au
  • Sophie Gerber – Co-founder and director of Australian regulatory technology business TRAction
  • Katrina Donaghy – CEO of smart contract and blockchain technology company Civic Ledger
  • Katryna Dow – CEO of award winning personal data platform Meeco
  • Judy Sahay – Founder of creative social media agency Crowd Media

“Highlighting and celebrating female leaders in our industry is just one way we can boost the number of women in fintech and therefore drive a more diverse and inclusive workforce and help meet skills shortages,” Stoyan said.

Winner will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Sydney on June 13.

There are 23 categories to the awards, including FinTech Organisation of the Year, Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year, Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year and Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year.

Fintech companies also have the opportunity to be recognised for excellence in sectors such as lending, wealth management, payments, crowdfunding, blockchain, artificial intelligence and regtech.

Here are this year’s finalists:

People, Culture and Talent

Brad Delamare, Tank Stream Labs. Picture: Supplied.

Best Workplace Diversity
● BRICKX
● FirstStep Investments
● Link4
● Valiant Finance

Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year (under 35)
● Brad Delamare – CEO, Tank Stream Labs
● Louis Edwards – Head of Renewable Energy Finance, RateSetter Australia
● Nick Molnar – Co-Founder & CEO, Afterpay
● Jack O’Reilly – Director, funding.com.au
● Rebecca Schot-Guppy – Community Manager, Stone & Chalk
● Thomas Whitworth – COO, Finstro
● Jack Zhang – CEO & Co-Founder, Airwallex

Female FinTech Leader of the Year
● Julia Bearzatto – Head of Technology & Tribe Leader, Assembly Payments
● Katrina Donaghy – CEO, Civic Ledger
● Katryna Dow – CEO, Meeco
● Sophie Gerber – Director, TRAction Fintech
● Lucy Liu – COO & Co-Founder, Airwallex
● Emily Martin – CEO, Balance Impact
● Marie Mortimer – Managing Director, loans.com.au
● Judy Sahay – Director, Crowd Media Group

Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year (can be from any field)
● David Link – Founder & CEO, Verrency
● Lucy Liu – COO & Co-Founder, Airwallex
● Katherine McConnell – Founder and CEO, Brighte
● Alex Scandurra – CEO, Stone & Chalk
● Jack Zhang – CEO & Co-Founder, Airwallex

Growth Mindset and Global Perspective

Verrency staff. (Source: supplied)

Excellence in Establishing Market Presence: Global
● Cover Genius
● Entersoft Security
● NEM Foundation
● TRAction Fintech
● Verrency

Excellence in Industry Collaboration & Partnerships
● AgriDigital
● Assembly Payments
● Class Limited
● Metamako
● TravelbyBit

Excellence in Business

Equitise co-founder Jonny Wilkinson. Image: Supplied.

Excellence in Business Lending
● Finstro
● Prospa
● Spotcap Australia
● The Invoice Market – tim
● Trade Ledger

Excellence in Consumer Lending
● HashChing
● MoneyMe
● MoneyPlace
● RateSetter Australia
● SocietyOne

Excellence in Crowdfunding
● CrowdfundUP
● Equitise
● OnMarket

Excellence in Payments (including Remittance/FX)
● Airwallex
● InstaReM P/L
● LanternPay
● TransferWise
● Troovo Payments
● Zip

Excellence in Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges
● CoinJar
● Finch
● Living Room of Satoshi
● NEM Foundation

Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger
● AgriDigital
● Civic Ledger
● FlashFX
● NEM Foundation

Excellence in Cyber Security
● Cipherise
● Entersoft
● Vertex Technologies
● XM Cyber

Excellence in Insurtech
● ClaimSpace
● Cover Genius
● Factfin

Excellence in Data/AI/Digital ID Solutions
● Basiq
● Data Republic
● Proviso

Excellence in Regtech (including KYC and AML)
● Checkbox.ai
● Proviso
● TRAction Fintech
● VendorPanel

Excellence in Wealth Management (including PFM and Robo)
● BRICKX
● Class Limited
● myprosperity
● Pocketbook
● RateSetter Australia
● Raiz Invest
● SelfWealth
● Stockspot

Best Customer/User Experience
● Afterpay
● Joust
● Link4
● Look Who’s Charging
● Valiant Finance

Best Marketing/Branding Initiative of the Year
● Coinjar
● SocietyOne
● Stockspot
● TravelbyBit

Support Services

Photo: Stone & Chalk/ Facebook.

Excellence in FinTech Support Services – Infrastructure and Investment
● Blockchain Centre
● Reinventure Group
● Stone & Chalk
● Tank Stream Labs
● YBF Ventures

Excellence in FinTech Support Services – Professional Services
● Entersoft
● Melbourne Securities Corporation
● Proviso
● Stone & Chalk
● The Fold Legal

Overall Categories

Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year (company must be <2 years old)
● Civic Ledger
● Finch
● InDebted
● LanternPay
● Link4
● Longevity App
● Look Who’s Charging
● Medipass
● Till Payments
● TIQK
● TravelbyBit

FinTech Organisation of the Year
● Afterpay
● Avoka
● BRICKX
● Class Limited
● Cover Genius
● Flamingo AI
● Invoice2Go
● MoneyPlace
● OnMarket
● Prospa
● RateSetter Australia
● SocietyOne
● Stockspot

Backed by Jobs for NSW, the Finnies are Australia’s only industry-backed fintech awards. Business Insider Australia is the proud exclusive media partner of the Finnies. We will be bringing you all the best stories from Finnie entrants and Australia’s fintech industry in the lead-up to the gala awards ceremony on June 13. Find out more here.

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