Airwallex took out four major awards at the 2020 Finnies, including the top prize, Fintech Organisation of the Year and the People’s Choice Award.
The company also received the Excellence in Payments award, while the Melbourne-based global unicorn’s co-founder and president, Lucy Liu, was named Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year.
Airwallex and Athena Home Loans, Brighte and Wisr are among the biggest winners of the virtual Finnie Awards.
Athena Home Loans and Brighte took out two awards each among the 19 categories.
Athena received the Excellence in Consumer Lending and was also named Emerging FinTech Organisation of The Year for the second time.
Brighte’s Katherine McConnell was named female fintech leader of the year and the company also took out the award for Best Workplace Diversity.
Wisr CEO Anthony Nantes was named Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year.
Presented by Fintech Australia, the awards were announced virtually in 2020 from the organisation’s Melbourne HQ.
FinTech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy said 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,” she said.
Airwallex president Lucy Liu said she was thrilled to be recognised among so many emerging leaders.
“As Airwallex grows, I hope to continue paving the way for new innovators and future leaders in the fintech space,” she said.
“It’s truly a privilege to be recognised by the community that’s been such a big part of the Airwallex story. 2020 has been the biggest year for Airwallex – we are proud to have helped many Australian businesses scale globally in the new digital era with our global financial infrastructure, and we’re excited about continuing to make an impact in the years to come.”
Here are the Fintech Australia 2020 Finnies winners:
People, Culture and Talent
BEST WORKPLACE DIVERSITY: Brighte
EMERGING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR: Lucy Liu, Airwallex President & Co-founder
FEMALE FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR: Katherine McConnell, Brighte Founder & CEO
OUTSTANDING FINTECH LEADER OF THE YEAR: Anthony Nantes, Wisr CEO
Growth Mindset and Global Perspective
EXCELLENCE IN ESTABLISHING MARKET PRESENCE: GLOBAL: Afterpay
EXCELLENCE IN INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS: Meeco
Excellence in Business
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS LENDING: Prospa
EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER LENDING: Athena Home Loans
EXCELLENCE IN CROWDFUNDING: Birchal
EXCELLENCE IN PAYMENTS: Airwallex
EXCELLENCE IN BLOCKCHAIN/DISTRIBUTED LEDGER AND DIGITAL CURRENCIES/WALLETS/EXCHANGES: Geora
EXCELLENCE IN INSURTECH: Claim Central Consolidated
EXCELLENCE IN REGTECH: Frankie Financial
EXCELLENCE IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT: Myprosperity
EXCELLENCE IN SUPPORT SERVICES: King & Wood Mallesons
Organisational Excellence Awards
DEAL OF THE YEAR: Joust and Loan Dolphin
BEST PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR: Up with Ferocia & Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: Athena Home Loans
FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: Airwallex
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: EMERGING FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: Cake Equity
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: FINTECH ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: Airwallex