Cant and Bowler among fintech leaders recognized in 2022 Finnie Awards

Finnie Awards

Reinventure co-founder and partner Simon Cant has become the first individual to be inducted into Australia’s fintech hall of fame, receiving the industry recognition at the annual FinTech Australia Finnie Awards overnight.

This is the seventh year of the Finnie Awards, which recognizes the achievements of Australian fintech businesses and the people who lead them.

These leaders also include Up co-founder Dominic Pym, who was named Outstanding Fintech Leader of the Year; BTC Markets CEO Caroline Bower, who received the award for Female Fintech Leader of the Year; and Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year, Wagestream co-founder and CEO Josh Vernon.

Cant founded Westpac-backed Reinventure in 2013 with Danny Gilligan as Australia’s first dedicated fintech VC fund, and was described by FinTech Australia chief executive Rehan D’Almedia as “a true asset to our ecosystem”.

“Many of our winners this year, such as Flare and Zai, are flourishing due to early backing from Reinventure,” D’Almedia added.

“While many fintechs received funding from Simon’s firm, countless others have benefited from his advice and guidance over the years. He was also instrumental in capturing initial government support and focusing on fintech and regulation.”

Among the startups to take home awards last night were Monoova, Nano Digital Home Loans, and Tanggram.

While FinTech Australia pointed out that no one business picked up multiple awards this year — a first for the Finnies — some of last year’s winners were recognized again this year, with FrankieOne picking up the Excellence in Regtech award for the second year running, and Frollo scooping up the Excellence in Open Data award once again.

In an email alert to subscribers this morning, Frollo said it is proud to have been recognized as a fintech producing an innovative open banking product.

“But just like Open Banking, we’re only getting started,” the company told subscribers. “And for us, 2022 will be the year of ‘go live’. After two years of building, our focus is on bringing clients live and helping them improve the financial wellbeing of their customers.”

The winners of the Finnie Awards 2022 are:

Best Workplace Diversity: Tanggram

Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year: Josh Vernon (Wagestream)

Female Fintech Leader of the Year: Caroline Bowler (BTC Markets)

Outstanding Fintech Leader of the Year: Dominic Pym (Up)

Excellence in Establishing Market Presence (Global): Wise

Excellence in Industry Collaborations & Partnerships: Flare

Excellence in Business Lending: Octet

Excellence in Consumer Lending: Drive and Wisr

Excellence in Payments (including remittance/fx): GoCardless

Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: Civic Ledger

Excellence in Crypto and Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges: Crypto.Com

Excellence in Regtech: FrankieOne

Excellence in Wealth Management (including PFM and Robo): Raiz Invest

Excellence in Open Data: Frollo

Excellence in Fintech Support Services: Asero

Deal of the Year: Zai

Best Partnership of the Year: Slyp and Divipay

People’s Choice (Emerging Fintech Organization of the Year): Betacarbon

People’s Choice (Fintech Organization of the Year): Hnry

Emerging Fintech Organization of the Year: Nano Digital Home Loans

Fintech Organization of the Year: Monoova

Hall of Fame Inductee: Simon Cant, Reinventure

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