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58 finalists vie for top spot at Australian Fintech Awards

The finalists for next week’s Australian Fintech awards (Finnies 2017) have been announced, and it is shaping up to be a tough competition full of the country’s most promising upcomers.

58 finalists were chosen from 158 award entries across 30 categories, and FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho says the 39 judges had a difficult time picking the finalists. 49 of the finalists are companies and nine are individual entrants. 

“Not surprisingly, we received most interest for our FinTech Organisation of the Year and Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year awards, given the prestige of these award categories. In some cases, a mere three points separated half a dozen finalists,” she says.

This is the first time the industry-backed awards will take place, and Szetho says she is excited by the response to entries.

“We’re also enjoying using these awards to promote the great work and innovation of our fintech companies,” she says.

The awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on May 24.

John Barilaro, NSW’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, was impressed that 39 of the 58 applicants were from NSW.

"NSW is at the heart of Australia’s financial services industry - home to 54 per cent of the nation's fintech sector - so to get 67 per cent of the Finnies finalists from NSW is a great achievement,” he comments.

"Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck for the upcoming awards. The NSW Government, through Jobs for NSW, has provided $80,000 for a two year sponsorship of the Finnies in recognition of the value and jobs that the growing fintech industry brings to our economy,” he adds.

Major Category Finalists

Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year
​Bigstone Capital Pty Ltd, Team of 5 founders (Boyd, Rob, Liam, Indy & Marcus)
Emma Weston, CEO and Co-Founder, AgriDigital
Jack O'Reilly, Director and Founder, funding.com.au

Male FinTech Leader of the Year
Cameron Poolman, CEO, OnDeck Australia
Daniel Foggo, CEO, Ratesetter
Greg Moshal & Beau Bertoli, Founders and Joint CEOs, Prospa

Female FinTech Leader of the Year
Anna Harper, CFO, SocietyOne
Emma Weston, CEO, AgriDigital
​Rhondalynn Korolak, Managing Director, Imagineering Now & Businest 

Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year
​AgriDigital
​OnDeck Australia
Spaceship
Valiant Finance
​Verrency

FinTech Organisation of the Year
​Afterpay
BRICKX
Data Republic
​Invoice2go
OnMarket BookBuilds
​Prospa
RateSetter Australia
​SocietyOne

Finalists - Other Categories
Including People, Culture and Talent (3 awards), 
Growth Mindset and Global Perspective (5 awards), 
Excellence in Business (17 awards)

Acorns Grow
Melbourne Securities Corporation
​AgriDigital
Metamako
AirTree Ventures
​Moula
Airwallex
OnDeck Australia
Assembly Payments
​OnMarket BookBuilds
​Avoka
Othera
BRICKX
Peppermint Innovation Ltd
​Businest
Pocketbook
CoinJar
Prospa
CrowdfundUP
Proviso
Data Republic 
​RateSetter Australia
Entersoft
Red Marker
​Equitise
Reinventure Group
​Fincast
SelfWealth
finder.com.au
Sharesight
Flamingo
SocietyOne
​HashChing
Spotcap
Instanda
Stone & Chalk
​InstaReM
Tank Stream Labs
​Invoice2go
The Fold Legal
Living Room of Satoshi
​Timelio
LoanDolphin
TRAction Fintech Pty Ltd

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