October 28, 2020 — Airwallex and Athena Home Loans, Brighte and Wisr are among the biggest winners of the virtual Finnie Awards.
Airwallex took home a total of four awards including Fintech Organisation of The Year, Excellence in Payments and the new People’s Choice award for Organisation of The Year. The company’s President and co-founder Lucy Liu was also named Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year.
Athena Home Loans was awarded the Excellence in Consumer Lending and for the second year in a row the Emerging FinTech Organisation of The Year. Brighte’ Katherine McConnell was named Female Fintech leader of the year. The company also took out the award for Best Workplace Diversity.
Wisr CEO Anthony Nantes was named Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year.
Moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the Finnies awards celebrate excellence in fintech. This year’s contest saw over 211 outstanding entries across 19 categories.
FinTech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy said: “Despite the toll COVID-19 has had on our industry, the calibre of entries this year was outstanding.”
“I want to congratulate Airwallex, Athena Home Loans, Brighte’s achievement in winning multiple awards this intensely competitive year.”
“Most companies took home a single award this year, and I think that speaks to the overall maturity of the fintech industry. We continue to achieve even in times of hardship.
Victorian Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said: “We’re so proud to support The Finnies for the third year running. Hosted by Melbourne-based FinTech Australia, the awards recognise and reward the fintech community for the huge role they play in keeping our economy moving.”
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2020 Finnies Winners
I. People, Culture and Talent
BEST WORKPLACE DIVERSITY – Sponsored by YBF
EMERGING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by GoCardless
FEMALE FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by SeedSpace
OUTSTANDING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Vocus
II. Growth Mindset and Global Perspective
EXCELLENCE IN ESTABLISHING MARKET PRESENCE: GLOBAL – Sponsored by Google
EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS – Sponsored by Gen Advisory
III. Excellence in Business
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS LENDING – Sponsored by The Studio
EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER LENDING – Sponsored by Basiq
EXCELLENCE IN CROWDFUNDING – Sponsored by Tank Stream Labs
EXCELLENCE IN PAYMENTS – Sponsored by Paypa Plane
EXCELLENCE IN BLOCKCHAIN/DISTRIBUTED LEDGER AND DIGITAL CURRENCIES/WALLETS/EXCHANGES – Sponsored by Cornwalls
EXCELLENCE IN INSURTECH – Sponsored by IAG
EXCELLENCE IN REGTECH – Sponsored by Victorian Government, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
EXCELLENCE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT (INCLUDING PFM AND ROBO) – Sponsored by UKDIT
IV. Excellence in Support Services
EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES – Sponsored by Stone & Chalk
V. Organisational Excellence Awards
DEAL OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by BDO
BEST PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Firstmac
EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Afterpay
FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by BPAY
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Tier One People
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Tier One People