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

Afterpay Touch

Afterpay Touch is at an exciting junction. In June 2017, Afterpay and Touchcorp came together to leverage each other’s strengths and elevate our customer offering, taking it to a new level.
Afterpay Touch now exists under 2 key areas – Pay Later, better known as Afterpay, is an easy-to-use payment process allows shoppers to buy their product today and pay it off in 4 equal fortnightly instalments. It is in a high growth stage and expansion is visible on all levels and this allows our talent to grow, learn and be inspired each and every day.
Afterpay was awarded “FinTech Organisation of the Year”​ at The Finnies, May 2017 and “FinTech Innovator in Payments” at the inaugural FinTech Awards 2016.
Pay Now, or Touch is a combination of retail, mobility and health services that society use every day without even realising it. It has a global reach, touches multiple industries and with the coming together of Afterpay brings a huge opportunity for the roadmap ahead.

Afterpay Touch will be presenting the Emerging FinTech Organisation of the Year award.

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Built from the ground up, the Jinance platform launched in September 2018.
In May 2018, Jinance became an AUSTRAC-regulated digital exchange, fulfilling the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) obligation.
Partnered by industry leading experts, the platform is operated by an experienced and multi-talented team that is equipped with a broad knowledge of blockchain technology, finance, regulatory compliance, payment automation and order-matching optimisation. Jinance has also engaged with one of Australia’s leading legal practices specialising in the Fintech sector. Seamlessly integrating traditional wisdom and technological advancements in blockchain, we endeavour to fully realise our vision of digitalising assets. In February 2019, Jinance introduced its unique and rewarding Membership Program for both local and global customers.
The vision for Jinance is to bring cryptocurrency to interested users and empower businesses by expertly utilising the exciting world of blockchain technology.
Jinance will be presenting the Excellence in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger & Digital Currencies/Wallets/Exchanges award.
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Event Sponsor


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.
Under our new name, we are building on the existing heritage of the firm and continuing to align ourselves with our clients’ key values. We focus on team work, working smarter and empowering our people to be the best they can be. Talent, culture and innovation are critical pillars of our new business strategy.
At Cornwalls, our purpose is to achieve excellence in all that we do: ‘Law + More’ is our motto, and it’s how we approach our clients and their businesses.
We partner with our clients to seek innovative ways to help them achieve their goals and assist them in identifying and developing new goals when market opportunities arise.
We consider our clients to be an integral part of our firm, which is why we work hard to understand their needs. Each client is distinct, and we provide unique and dynamic solutions to ensure that our approach works for your business.
Our values are: client is key; our people make us; take ownership; team work; and work smarter.
These values inform our work and guide the future direction of our firm.

Cornwalls will be presenting the Deal of the Year award.

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Award Sponsors

Female FinTech Leader of the Year
Sponsored by Seed Space Venture Capital

Seed Space Venture Capital is 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. Our headquarters are in Sydney, Australia and our European office is in Geneva, Switzerland. We are committed to fostering a vibrant global FinTech ecosystem through partnering with the key actors and decision-makers, but also at the grassroots startup level. We have built a global network of leading founders, investors and top tier business representatives who together are here to create an environment where founders and start-ups can thrive.

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Biggest Raise of the Year
Sponsored by PrimaryMarkets

PrimaryMarkets.com is a leading online marketplace that transacts secondary trading of existing securities and investments, manages secondary share trading on behalf of companies and assists unlisted companies in raising new capital. PrimaryMarkets Services include: – Secondary security and investment trading – Capital Raising PrimaryMarkets customers include:
1. Sellers: securityholders who wish to sell their shares as well as unlisted companies raising new capital
2. Buyers: institutional, professional and sophisticated investors, and
3. Intermediaries: brokers and wealth managers
Since launching in February 2016, PrimaryMarkets has reviewed over 824 investment opportunities, listed 204 opportunities and traded over A$64M+ in securities. The current network database stands at over 30,000+ individuals within Australia and Internationally.

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Best Partnership of the Year
Sponsored by FirstMac

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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Excellence in Establishing Market Presence: Global
Sponsored by Austrade

We are the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – or Austrade – and we’re responsible for promoting Australian trade, investment and education to the world.

We help Australian businesses grow by linking them to global export opportunities; we attract international investment to help Australia reach its economic potential; we help startups innovate and go global and we promote Australia’s leading-edge education services to the world to help drive growth in this sector. Our tourism policy and programs also help to build a thriving tourism industry.

With employees working in over 80 offices around the world, our work can be found in all kinds of places. Where? Find out more by visiting our website (link below).

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Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year
Sponsored by Stone & Chalk

Stone & Chalk is Australia’s leading independent fintech community for innovation programs, advocacy, and partnerships. Since its Sydney launch in August 2015, Stone & Chalk has helped create a formidable home for fintech startups across NSW and Victoria, and has become recognised as one of the top fintech innovation hubs globally.

Stone & Chalk has 27 Australian and international corporate partners, houses over 140 impressive startups, with over 680 residents, with 15 of these now exporting. Together with more than 140 alumni, Stone & Chalk startups and scaleups have secured over AU$280m of direct equity investment, and have created 600 direct new jobs in the areas of fintech, cyber security, insurtech, data science, and connected devices.

Stone & Chalk has established resident and corporate innovation programs, inclusive of investor programs, pitch training, mentorship, and training.

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Excellence in Industry Collaborations & Partnerships
Sponsored by Startup Daily

Startup Daily is a trusted media source covering the Australian and New Zealand startup and tech ecosystems.
Startup Daily has been inspiring, educating, and reporting on the Australian tech and startup community since 2012. Not only have we had a front row seat to watch the development of the Australian innovation ecosystem – we have also played a key role in helping it grow.
Digital innovation could add between $140 billion and $250 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2025. However, Innovation and Science Australia warned in its 2030 Strategic Plan that Australia is falling behind its global peers in the innovation race.
Startup Daily is part of Pinstripe Media, with mastheads including Kochie’s Business Builders, Flying Solo, Small Business First and The Airport Economist.

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Fintech Organisation of the Year and Best Workplace Diversity
Sponsored by Liberty

Founded in 1997, Liberty has become one of the leading finance companies in Australia and New Zealand. We have helped over 140,000 people to achieve their financial goals by providing home, car, business, as well as investments and debt finance solutions. Even those customers who don’t satisfy the strict lending criteria of the big banks and other lenders, we can help more households achieve their financial dreams.

Today we are a market leader with our innovative solutions at competitive prices combined with personalised service to help households and businesses achieve greater choice and freedom.

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Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year (Under 35)
Sponsored by Reinventure Group

Reinventure is an independent Venture Capital firm with a strong corporate partnership with Westpac.
We recently announced our second $50m fund for investment in early stage ventures

We invest for the long term, and we put our ventures first.
Once we invest, our job is to unlock maximum synergy value between our ventures and our largest investor, Westpac.

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Other Sponsors

Gift Bag Sponsor - Up Bank

There’s a new way to bank in town. Up is a digital bank that’s super easy to use. Designed to help you simplify your life, freeing you up to do more of the things you love. Unlike other banking and finance apps in Australia, Up brings together elite tech and customer experience with banking products, data, insights and unique features.

Having lightning fast delivery means Up continues to be first to market with new features. Instant Apple Pay, conversational payments, and merchant identification are among some of the smart features that re-think the way we interact with money. Up delivers rapid iterations and is constantly improving so customers are always packing the latest technology, services and features. Partnerships with the likes of Mastercard, Google and Afterpay means Up gives customers the edge they deserve.

Most people can sign up to try Up in as little as 3 minutes. It’s the easiest way to get a bank account with a debit card you can instantly add to your digital wallet. Up keeps on bringing the goods by providing the best spending and savings experience in Australia.

Up is delivered through a collaboration between Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (the fifth largest Australian retail bank) and Ferocia (an independent Australian software company).

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