Finnie awards launched for 2018
7 March 2018
NSW fintech companies have the chance to be recognised for their achievements and success with the opening today of entries for the 2018 Finnie awards.
FinTech Australia and the NSW Government’s Jobs for NSW, which is a presenting partner for the national awards, launched the 'Finnies'.
Award entries are open until Sunday 8 April with a gala award ceremony to be held on Wednesday 13 June.
A total of 23 awards are on offer including FinTech Organisation of the Year; Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year; Female FinTech Leader of the Year; Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year; and Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year.
Fintech companies will also have the opportunity to be recognised for excellence in sectors such as lending, wealth management, payments, crowdfunding, blockchain, artificial intelligence and regtech.
A new award category has also been introduced for the best fintech customer experience/design outcome.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the NSW Government through Jobs for NSW will again be the presenting partner for the Finnies to demonstrate its support for the sector.
'NSW is the capital of Australia’s fintech industry and home to 54% of fintech companies so we are delighted to host and support the nation’s only fintech industry-backed awards right here in Sydney.
'Technology is transforming financial services and we recognise the high potential to grow our fintech industry to generate future economic returns and jobs for our state.
'As well as celebrating our fintech champions through the Finnies, we are investing $35 million in the Sydney Startup Hub which is home to leading fintech accelerator Stone & Chalk. Through Jobs for NSW we have supported about 30 fintechs to date investing over $800,000 in their growth including companies like Pennybox and FarmPay.'
FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan said the Finnie awards are an important way to celebrate the best and brightest in the rapidly growing fintech industry.
'The award categories have also been specifically designed to help showcase companies which are tackling many of the barriers to our industry’s growth, as highlighted in our EY FinTech Australia Census.
'This includes fintechs that are driving female leadership and participation, successfully collaborating with banks and other financial institutions, expanding internationally and creating great market awareness of their product.'
This is just the second year that the Finnies have been held, with last year’s awards attracting more than 150 entries.