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.

For more information, go to https://battlefieldaustralia.techcrunch.com/

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 worlds best tech. startup entrepreneurs and give them the opportunity to pitch in front of Chinas top venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and media outlets. For more information, visit Alibaba Clouds official CACSC site at : https://cacsc.aliyun.com/

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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International speaker line-up announced for Australia’s inaugural fintech festival

The founder of two UK challenger banks, a world digital identity expert and a prominent US business leader known as the godfather of fintech are among the headline speakers confirmed today for Australias inaugural fintech festival.

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EY FinTech Australia Census 2017 underway to help create a stronger fintech industry 

Australias fintech industry today launched an expanded census survey, which will seek to discover new insights into key issues such as driving greater fintech exports and improving ecosystem gender and geographic diversity.

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Banking licences, open data and digital currency on policy agenda

New digital banking licences, open banking reforms and proposed legislative oversight of digital currency transactions are among the fintech initiatives covered by Australian Government announcements over the past month.

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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

Join now to get on FinTech Australia’s ecosystem map

If you join FinTech Australia before 31 August, we can guarantee you’ll get on our next edition of our member ecosystem map.
When we published the first iteration of this map in June, it received worldwide media and social media attention, including many thousands of views on our Flickr channel.
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FinTech Australia welcomes open banking issues paper

FinTech Australia, the peak body for Australias 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 its not polite to brag, but here at FinTech Australia we couldnt help ourselves and decided to celebrate what really has been a great start to 2017 for our industry.

As a result, weve prepared this infographic to give you all a snapshot of some of the industrys significant achievements in the first six months of 2017, along with whats coming up for the rest of the year and in 2018. (more…)

FinTech Australia welcomes blueprint to grow Australian and Sydney fintech ecosystem

FinTech Australia today welcomed a new report which outlines the astounding growth of the Australian fintech industry since 2014 and finds that Sydney is a strong challenger to Singapore when it comes to Asian fintech supremacy.

The report prepared by KPMG and the Committee for Sydney – with the support of the New South Wales Government – is entitled Scaling the FinTech Opportunity for Sydney and Australia. (more…)