FinTech Australia has unveiled the shortlist of 156 finalists for the seventh edition of The Finnies, the country’s annual fintech awards.
This year’s awards saw over 300 entries from more than 250 fintechs across 19 categories. The awards will recognise outstanding achievements in the various components of the fintech industry, as well as among the services that support them.
Rehan D’Almeida, general manager of FinTech Australia, praised the finalists for their achievement, highlighting the difficulty of the judging process. “There have been some tough decisions,” he said, “as a result, any company or individual who makes this shortlist should be incredibly proud of their achievements.”
The awards ceremony will be held on 31 May at the Forum Theater in Melbourne, with tickets available through The Finnies website. The event is sponsored by Patona and Global Processing Services.
Despite the challenging environment for the fintech and startup sectors, D’Almeida believes that the awards are a great reminder of the industry’s resilience and its ability to achieve in spite of adversity. “We look forward to seeing everyone on the night,” he said.
Among the categories are Best Workplace Diversity, Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year, Female Fintech Leader of the Year, and Outstanding Fintech Leader of the Year. Other categories include Excellence in Establishing Global Market Presence, Excellence in Industry Collaborations and Partnerships, Excellence in Business Lending, and Excellence in Consumer Lending.
Excellence in Payments, Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger, and Excellence in Crypto and Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges are also categories in the shortlist. In addition, there are categories for Excellence in Insurtech, Excellence in Regtech, Excellence in Wealth Management (including PFM and Robo), and Excellence in Open Data.
The awards also recognise Excellence in Fintech Support Services, Positive Impact Award, Emerging Fintech Organisation of the Year, and Fintech Organisation of the Year. The shortlisted companies include Athena Home Loans, Basiq, FrankieOne, Hnry, OCR Labs, Slyp, Wise and Zepto.
FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian fintech startup community. Its vision is to make Australia the leading market for fintech innovation and investment by working with both sides of the government, industry, and the Australian fintech community.