Sponsors & Partners

Presenting Partner

The State of Victoria - Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established on 1 January 2019 to ensure Victoria’s strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we’re making sure Victoria’s economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

VicGov will be presenting the Excellence in Payments (including Remittance/FX) award.

Note – As of 1 January 2019 the former Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has transitioned into the new Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

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Major Partners

Vocus: Major Partner and Sponsor for Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year

As a leading Tier 1 telco and network solutions provider, Vocus connects people, businesses, and governments across Australia and the world.
Our expertise, challenger mindset, and unique customer focus is what our clients say sets us apart. And in financial services, we have an extensive ecosystem with specialist partners and best-in-breed solutions to help the fintech industry innovate and grow. It’s brilliant made simple.

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Bpay: Major Partner and Sponsor for Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year

BPAY Group was launched in 2017 as the parent company to BPAY and our growing family of businesses. Our brands include BPAY, Osko® and Sypht. For over 20 years, BPAY has created great payment experiences in tune with Australians. Throughout our evolution, we have focused on continuing our legacy of innovation and we are positioned to lead innovations from our unique position in Australia’s financial services industry. We’re the brains behind some important Australian firsts – like our flagship BPAY bill payments system and Osko, the faster way to pay. But we’re also so much more. In recent years, we have transformed and expanded beyond payments and the Group brand reflects the new diversified offering and innovative products. BPAY Group is ‘open for business’ and we encourage organisations to partner and innovate with us and join our growing family of businesses.

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Event Sponsor

Look Who's Charging

Their technology enables banks and consumers, for the first time, to truly understand bank statement data. They utilise the latest in AI and Machine Learning to provide a deep, meaningful and accurate view of a consumer’s income, expenses and financial position in real-time. The four largest banks in Australia are all integrated with Look Who’s Charging meaning they have more than 10 million end users of their solution.

Look Who’s Charging is part of the Experian Group. Experian is a global leader in information services, a FTSE 100 company and has been voted one of the World’s most innovative companies five years in a row by Forbes.

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Award Platform Sponsor

Basiq: Award Platform Sponsor and Sponsor for Excellence in Consumer Lending

Founded in 2016, Basiq is a Sydney-based open banking platform that helps people make smart financial decisions. The Basiq platform is a financial data aggregator, providing automated, secure access to account and transaction data. We offer a developer-friendly API and advanced analytical tools for the complete financial picture of a customer. Backed by NAB Ventures, Westpac Reinventure and Salesforce Ventures, we are leading innovation in using banking data to deliver better customer outcomes.

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Award Sponsors

Afterpay: Sponsor for Emerging Fintech Organisation of the year

Afterpay has transformed the way people pay by allowing shoppers to receive products immediately and pay in four simple instalments over a short period of time. The service is completely free for customers who pay on time – helping consumers spend money responsibly, without incurring interest, fees or revolving in extended debt.

Afterpay is offered by over 43,200 of the world’s best retailers and has more than 7.3 million active customers globally. The service is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom where it is called Clearpay.

Afterpay is evolving quickly and is on a mission to be the world’s most loved way to pay and an employer of choice. We are on a rocketship most days so if you are up for a challenge, like the notion of joining a business with big dreams and love being part of a high performing team then please grab a ticket and contact us today.

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SeedSpace: Sponsor for Female Fintech Leader of the Year

An early-stage venture capital firm that invests in passionate founders who demonstrate technology-driven, scalable solutions that solve problems in the financial services sector. Applying a rigorous data and evidence based approach to investing, we help turn great ideas into great businesses.

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FirstMac: Sponsor for Best Partnership of the Year

Founded by our Managing Director Kim Cannon, Firstmac is a proudly Australian-owned and run company that has been leveraging technology to take competition to the banks for nearly 40 years. Sometimes referred to as a “veteran fintech”, we have a young company attitude that saw us launch one of Australia’s first online mortgage lenders, loans.com.au, in 2011.

Under the leadership of Marie Mortimer, loans.com.au has since grown to have $6 billion in loans under management and shows no signs of slowing down. A key to loans.com.au’s success has been the in-house development of its own proprietary technology, allowing it to drive efficiencies and effectiveness across all Prospect and Customer journeys.

We self-fund our operations, having been a pioneer in the development of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) market in Australia, and have now issued more than $24 billion worth of RMBS to Australian and overseas institutions.

Firstmac currently manages more than $11 billion in mortgages and $250 million in cash investments but, despite our size, we are not content and are always on the look-out for the next technology or technology partner to join us in building further Customer-winning solutions and driving real competition in the market.

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Gen Advisory: Sponsor for Collaboration and Partnership Award

Gen Advisory Pty Ltd is a specialised Australian professional services firm supporting authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) and FinTechs.

As regulation and compliance specialists, our services are tailored to helping ADIs and FinTechs fulfil their regulatory and commercial objectives. Our services include: ASIC/APRA licensing; regulatory compliance; AUSTRAC reporting; AML-CTF programs; and RegTech adoption.

Gen Advisory comprises a friendly and collaborative team of professionals. Our team members have extensive banking regulatory and advisory experience, having previously been employed by: the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA); National Australia Banking Group (NAB); and Australian Government, among others.

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YBF Ventures: Sponsor for Best Workplace Diversity

YBF’s curated innovation hub attracts Australia’s high-potential early-stage technology businesses in the areas of fintech, healthtech, big data and analytics, cloud and SaaS, and adtech to connect, learn and collaborate with YBF’s corporate partners (Aon, ANZ Bank, Qantas, Salesforce, Ernst & Young, IBM, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and Dentsu-Aegis Network) and industry partners (Melbourne University, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, RMIT, and Zendesk).

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Tank Stream Labs: Sponsor for Excellence in Crowdfunding

Tank Stream Labs is a co-working & entrepreneur community located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. They offer an inspiring work environment for entrepreneurs and startups. Their culture is one of collaborative productivity, resource & knowledge sharing. Co-working isn’t just about a desk, it’s also about the sense of community and collaboration. Join their community of like-minded professionals eager to share resources, collaborate and build amazing businesses!

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Paypa Plane: Sponsor for Excellence in Payments (including Remittance/FX)

Paypa Plane is the evolution of recurring (or direct debit) payments in Australia. Though we are just as adept at one-off digital payments, recurring payments are our favorite things. Until now, direct debits meant high fees, missed payments and general unpleasantness for business and consumers. We don’t enjoy any of those things so we created an industry leading system that delivers a recurring payment digital wallet to consumers. We use this wallet to do all sorts of great things like offer more secure payments, customer service wins and, best of all, vastly reduced missed payments. In fact, our unique Grace Period reduces late fees and missed payments by up to 80% and gets payments back on track within 24hrs….that’s a win for everyone!

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Cornwalls: Sponsor for Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger and Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges

Cornwalls is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected independent law firms. We offer a full range of commercial law services, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

They offer a full range of commercial legal services to family offices and family owned businesses, publicly listed companies, commercial institutions and businesses, government departments and agencies, not for profit organisations, and individuals.

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BDO: Sponsor for Deal of the Year

BDO is one of the world’s leading accountancy and advisory organisations, with a team of more than 80,000 people worldwide. In Australia, BDO is one of the country’s largest associations of independently owned accounting practices, with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In 2019, they were proud to be announced as the fastest-growing mid-tier firm in Australia in the AFR Top 100 Accounting Firms Report.

They have clients of all types and sizes, in every sector. From start-ups and family businesses to large complex organisations, their commitment is to deliver exceptional client service, every day, by focusing on what’s important to you. For their people, their focus is on working together and giving back to their communities. For their clients, it’s about being trusted advisers who work in partnership with you and your business.

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Stone & Chalk: Sponsor for Excellence in Fintech Support Services

Stone & Chalk exists to identify, nurture, connect and propel those who are seeking to solve the world’s most pressing business and social challenges. In this sense our founders, partners, investors and mentors – are shaping the future, together.

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GoCardless: Sponsor for Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year

GoCardless is on a mission to take the pain out of getting paid for businesses with recurring revenue. We’ve created a global bank debit network, to rival credit and debit cards. On top of it, we’ve built a platform designed and optimised for taking invoice, subscription, membership and instalment payments. We now process $13bn in transactions a year and we’re proud to count 50,000 businesses around the world as our customers, from small businesses to household names like TripAdvisor and the Guardian. Our recurring payments platform integrates with the applications businesses use every day, giving businesses more visibility over payments and saving them huge amounts of time on tasks like payment reconciliation. We partner with more than 150 billing and subscription software partners globally, including Xero, Sage, QuickBooks, Zuora and Salesforce.

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The Studio: Sponsor for Excellence in Business Lending

The Studio is a creative and technology hub based in the Sydney Startup Hub in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

They’re a hub for technology startups and scaleups focused on transformative communications and content platforms across all industries.

Media, entertainment, music, games, education, business and the creative industries, all are part of their DNA. Through our community, global networks, partners and sponsors, experts and investors, their wide range of programs and events, they support you on the road to success.

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UK Department of International Trade: Sponsor for Excellence in Wealth Management (including PFM and Robo)

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

We are an international economic department, responsible for:

  • bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed
  • delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU
  • promoting British trade and investment across the world
  • building the global appetite for British goods and services
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IAG: Sponsor for Excellence in Insurtech

IAG is Australia and New Zealand’s largest general insurance company with a purpose to make your world a safer place, whether you are a customer, partner, employee, shareholder or part of the communities IAG serves across Australia and New Zealand. Our businesses have helped people recover from natural disasters, accidents and loss since 1851. In Australia and New Zealand we provide insurance under many leading brands, including NRMA Insurance, CGU, SGIO, SGIC and WFI; and NZI, State, AMI and Lumley Insurance (New Zealand). We also have interests in general insurance joint ventures in Malaysia and India.

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Google: Sponsor for Excellence in Establishing Market Presence Global

Google’s mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Since our founding in 1998, Google has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering search in a single language we now offer dozens of products and services—including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks—in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, we now have thousands of employees and offices around the world. A lot has changed since the first Google search engine appeared. But some things haven’t changed: our dedication to our users and our belief in the possibilities of the Internet itself.

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Media Wall Sponsor

Tier One People

Tier One People launched in 2016 on a mission to help Fintech companies succeed. Since then, we’ve completed hundreds of briefs, building an extensive global network, making us Australia’s leading Fintech Executive Search consultancy.

A built for purpose service, unrivalled domain knowledge and a network of the best talent makes Tier One People the ideal recruitment partner to international Fintech launching in Australia and Australian Fintech scaling globally.

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Media Sponsor

Startup Daily

Startup Daily is a trusted media source covering the Australian and New Zealand startup and tech ecosystems.

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Bake Agency

They are a team of top Australian social creators with a passion for creating high quality social videos! With over +5,000,000 views of our original video content & over +500,000 views of original stills content they are a trusted set of hands here to help your campaign & ongoing content marketing succeed. Their work has been picked up & featured by Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, NIB, TEDx, Sky UK, Ch7 (AU), CH9 (AU), CH10 (AU), Right This Minute (USA), New York Magazine, Microsoft, PacMags, GoPro & more. From Facebook live streams, to 360 / VR video, GIFs, stills photography to optimised Instagram, Facebook & YouTube video content – our experience is your competitive edge.

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The Studio

The Studio is a creative and technology hub based in the Sydney Startup Hub in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

They’re a hub for technology startups and scaleups focused on transformative communications and content platforms across all industries.

Media, entertainment, music, games, education, business and the creative industries, all are part of their DNA. Through our community, global networks, partners and sponsors, experts and investors, their wide range of programs and events, they support you on the road to success.

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Sons of Eden

Sons of Eden has a simple philosophy to produce wines with flavour and personality from vineyards of unique character within the world class Barossa region.

Sons of Eden takes its name from the two partners, Winemaker Corey Ryan and Viticulturist Simon Cowham, who both learnt and refined their trades in the vineyards and cellars of Eden Valley.

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