Month: August 2017

Startup Battlefield Australia: Submissions Close September 4

Startups in Australia are encouraged to participate in the Startup Battlefield for a chance to win $25,000 Australian dollars cash plus an all expense paid trip to Disrupt SF to complete in the Disrupt Battlefield SF in 2018.

Startups attending the event on November 16, 2017 get to pitch to the global TechCrunch audience as well as distinguished technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors living in Australia.

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Pitch to China’s top venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and media outlets

Alibaba Innovation Centre is organizing The Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (CACSC) to gather the world’s best tech. startup entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to pitch in front of China’s top venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and media outlets. For more information, visit Alibaba Cloud’s official CACSC site at :

The finals for the Australia and New Zealand division will be held on September 22, 2017 at Haymarket HQ, Sydney, Australia. Startups from all over ANZ will come and present their ideas to compete for the title of ANZ Division Contest Champion. From there the winner will proceed to the World Championship, to be held in Shanghai, China on October 13th, 2017.

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Apply now for the startup pitch event at Japan’s Fintech Summit

The pitch event at Japan’s Fintech Summit called the “Pitch Run”, will feature start-up companies involved in broader senses of FinTech. Fintech Summit Week is take place on Sept. 19 to 22, 2017.

FinTech Australia encourages its members and the broader fintech community in Australia to participate for the pitch event. Participants will receive support, exposure, and potential partnership opportunities with major companies. The goal is to contribute in promoting Open Innovation in the Japanese economy.

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Statement by FinTech Australia on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing laws

Statement by FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho:

“FinTech Australia’s Blockchain and Digital Currency members welcome the Bill for AUSTRAC to regulate digital currency exchange providers because we see Australia as a world-leading digital currency and blockchain market.”

“We have been consulting with AUSTRAC and the Attorney General for the past six months to ensure the proposed regulations appropriately defined Digital Currencies, but also allow room for the industry to grow.”

“This reform comes at a time where the digital currency market is reaching maturity, so they are necessary to legitimise digital currency activities for broader consumer use.”

“The list of use cases for digital currencies – for consumers, businesses and governments – are growing rapidly, and industry recognises that this regulation is important to ensure the sustainable and long-term growth of this sector.”

For further information, read the media release issued by the Australian Minister for Justice on 17 August, 2017

FinTech Australia welcomes open banking issues paper

FinTech Australia, the peak body for Australia’s fintech industry, today welcomed the release of an Australian Government issues paper on open banking in Australia.

“This paper provides further clarity about key issues that need resolution in order for us to proceed with this important and long-awaited reform to improve consumer choice and banking competition,” said FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho.

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Australian fintech has a great start to 2017

I know it’s not polite to brag, but here at FinTech Australia we couldn’t help ourselves and decided to celebrate what really has been a great start to 2017 for our industry.

As a result, we’ve prepared this infographic to give you all a snapshot of some of the industry’s significant achievements in the first six months of 2017, along with what’s coming up for the rest of the year and in 2018. Read more