Finnies reveal Australia’s top fintech talent


By Sarah Kendell

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Peer-to-peer lender Ratesetter, tech-focused superannuation fund Spaceship and fractional property investment group BrickX are among those nominated for Australia’s inaugural fintech awards.

Winners of the awards, to be known as the Finnies will be unveiled at a ceremony on 24 May.

Finalists for the Finnies were selected by a panel of 39 industry judges involved in fintechs in Australia and overseas, from a total of 158 award entries across 30 categories.

Fintech Australia chief executive Danielle Szetho said the judges were flooded with incredibly high quality entries, making for some difficult decisions.

“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,” she said.

Entries were rated on a points system to determine the finalists, with only three points separating up to six finalists in some cases, Szetho said.

“Given this is the first time we’ve held the Finnies, we’re very excited with the response we received from the fintech community,” she explained.

Finalists for the Emerging Fintech Organisation of the Year category included commodity management platform AgriDigital, small business lender OnDeck Australia, tech-focused super fund Spaceship, business broking platform Valiant Finance and enterprise payment service provider Verrency.

In the Fintech Organisation of the Year category, nominees include e-commerce payments system Afterpay, fractional property investment platform BrickX, open data marketplace Data Republic, professional invoice app Invoice2Go, IPO platform OnMarket Bookbuilds, small business lender Prospa, and peer-to-peer lenders Ratesetter and SocietyOne.

Ratesetter’s Daniel Foggo is also up for the Male Fintech Leader of the Year award, while SocietyOne chief financial officer Anna Harper is nominated in the Female Fintech Leader category.

Nominees in other categories include micro-investing app Acorns Grow, regtech group Red Marker, online investing community Selfwealth, fintech incubator Stone & Chalk and portfolio tracker Sharesight.

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