FinTech Australia reappoints Chair, introduces new director roles

FinTech Australia has reappointed Alan Tsen as Chair and several new board members, as part of a broader restructure of the organisation.

Tsens appointment serves as his second term as Chair for FinTech Australia.

Its an honour to continue to serve FinTech Australia as its Chair, FinTech Australia Chair Alan Tsen said (more…)

Introducing FinTech Australia’s new membership structure

Its been a huge six months for FinTech Australia, and Im sure many of you can see the momentum weve generated.

Weve worked to further connect Australian fintechs to the world with trade missions to the UK and Singapore. Weve signed MOUs with Frances Finance Innovation and The Singapore Fintech Association.

Weve also championed our industrys views on the R&D tax incentive with Treasury and have spearheaded consultation on open banking, payments innovation and ICO policy with Canberra. We look forward to working closely with Senator Jane Hume on all of these policies.

Thats all on top of what we would deem to be our most successful Finnie awards to date. We sold out within two weeks of opening ticket sales. For the first time in the events three year history, we had a waiting list for ticket sales.

But despite all the work weve done to date, Im here to say that the best is yet to come.


FinTech Australia announced 2019 finnies award winners

Up Bank, AirWallex and Afterpay are among the biggest winners of the 2019 FinTech Australia Finnie awards, with another 12 incredible businesses earning accolades on the night.

Up Bank and AfterPay took home two awards each. AirWallex won three awards, including Biggest Raise of The Year for its $141 million raise in March 2019.

Afterpay was named Fintech Organisation of The Year for the third year in a row.


FinTech Australia announces finnies finalists

Fintech greats and some fresh contenders are among the finalists for the third annual Finnie Awards.

Held in Melbourne for the first time, this years event will celebrate collaboration and partnerships, a focus of FinTech Australia in 2019.

The judges have commended the calibre of entries this year. All the finalists on this list are truly deserving as the competition was tough, FinTech Australia General Manager, Rebecca Schot-Guppy said.


FinTech Australia announces new board appointments

FinTech Australia has appointed three new board members, with the addition of one new board position in Queensland.

The board now consists of nine members split across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. In addition to providing input on the direction and policies of Fintech Australia, the board actively participates in its operation.

The appointments follow FinTech Australias refocus to facilitate and encourage collaboration across all elements in fintech and the broader financial services sector. This years annual Finnies awards will focus on the relaunched ethos towards collaboration and recognising standout fintech businesses.

It also follows the groups escalation of its efforts to champion local issues affecting the fintech sector including the changing payments landscape, R&D tax credits, and the Consumer Data Regime.

General Manager of FinTech Australia, Rebecca Schot-Guppy says the new board additions are in line with the growth of fintech across Australia.


FinTech Australia opens entries for 2019 finnies awards

Australia’s only industry-backed fintech awards, the Finnies, is calling for entries as it marks a shift from Sydney to Melbourne.

The awards give over 100 fintech startups the opportunity to be recognised by their peers for their work and innovation.

This year, the awards will hone in on collaboration in the fintech sector, with the introduction of several new awards including: Deal of the year, Partnership of the year and Biggest raise of the year.


FinTech Australia applauds federal government’s SMB lending package

FinTech Australia welcomes the Federal governments $2 billion package aimed at reinforcing Australias small business lending sector. Announced earlier this week, the agreement will see the government lend $2 billion towards packaged small business loans from challenger banks and emerging small business lenders. (more…)

FinTech Australia members among the best globally in 2018 fintech100

Australia has seven fintech companies, five of which are members of FinTech Australia, in the 2018 edition of the Fintech100 report publishedby KPMG announced on Tuesday, 23 October, 2018. This year, Australia is ranked fourth on the list trailing behind the United States, United Kingdom and China. (more…)

Australian fintechs to exhibit at global conference sibos 2018

Thirty-two leading Australian and New Zealand fintechs will showcase their businesses to global investors at Sibos in Sydney, the most important financial services conference in the world.

Curated by peak industry body FinTech Australia, the Oceania Lounge at Sibos 2018 aims to unveil some of our most promising local startups on a global stage.

Held in a different city each year, Sibos brings over 8000 delegates from financial service and technology companies around the world together to network and discuss major issues. Over 160 companies drawn from 32 countries exhibit as part of the event. (more…)

FinTech Australia announces new CEO

The policy head who helped Uber to launch in Australia has been appointed CEO of the association representing fintechs disrupting Australias traditional financial services industry.

Brad Kitschke has been appointed as CEO of FinTech Australia.