FinTech Australia announce finalist for The Finnies 2018

FinTech Australia and Jobs for NSW have come together for the second year to host the national fintech awards, The Finnies. The Finnies will culminate in a Gala Awards Night Wednesday 13 June 2018 in Sydney. For more information go here. Here is the full list of finalists for the 2018 Finnies: Best Workplace Diversity ● BRICKX ● FirstStep Investments ● Link4 ● Valiant Finance Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year ● Brad Delamare – CEO, Tank Stream Labs ● Louis Edwards – Head of Renewable Energy Finance, RateSetter Australia ● Nick Molnar – Co-Founder & CEO, Afterpay ● Jack O’Reilly – Director, ● Rebecca Schot-Guppy – Community Manager, […]


FinTechs next Unicorn?

by Dexter Cousins, Tier One People Cover Genius is an Aussie success story, the Keith Urban of Australia’s FinTech scene, much bigger in the US than they will ever be at home. Over the past twelve months, Cover Genius has been gaining recognition. With accolades including Smart Companies fastest growing company, KPMG’s FinTech global top 100 and Insurance Innovator of the Year at Australia’s Fintech Business Awards. What is truly outstanding is the commercial success of Cover Genius. I caught up with Co-Founder, Chris Bayley to find out the secret to bootstrapping a global business from zero to US100m GWP in less than four years. How did the Cover Genius […]


GROW Super begins group insurance innovation

GROW Super is partnering with one of the world’s largest reinsurers to explore the potential for blockchain technology within group insurance. Entering a joint venture with Hannover Life Re Australasia, GROW will use R3’s Corda blockchain infrastructure to deliver improved customer experiences. “Combining the scale, knowledge and brand of Hannover Re with GROW’s innovative technology and unique way of solving problems promises fantastic outcomes for customers,” GROW Super chief executive Josh Wilson said. “Using Corda allows us to be completely confident in the integrity of infrastructure of the distributed ledger. This will allow us to focus with Hannover Re on creating customer experiences that will eventually be seamless, immutable and […]


Boundlss shortlisted for Fintech Business Awards

Boundlss has been shortlisted as an Insurance Innovator of the Year finalist at the 2018 Fintech Business Awards. The awards are hosted by Fintech Business, an Australian publication focused on the evolving Australian fintech community and its projection on the global stage. Mike Kruger, CEO at Boundlss said that he was delighted by the nomination. “The start of 2018 has been wonderful for Boundlss and being recognised as an insurance innovator by Fintech Business is the cherry on top. It’s fantastic recognition for our AI-powered, health coaching and engagement platform for health and life insurers, as well as for the insurtech community on whole.” Now in its second consecutive year, […]


Big opportunity for insurance fintech startups

DXC SpringBoard is looking to reward innovative companies that are developing systems for the insurance industry. IT services company DXC Technology, in collaboration with fintech accelerator Stone & Chalk, is running a national competition for late-stage startups developing systems that will benefit insurers. DXC SpringBoard has two categories, one for systems that work with DXC’s digital insurance as a service platform, and the second for standalone products. The expectation is that entrants will have a focus on prevention, remediation and customer engagement. Workshops – including technical tutorials, business guidance and sales coaching, led by DXC Technology and Stone & Chalk – will help entrants prepare for the final presentation and […]


Compare Your Life’s iFace Technology is embraced by users

Melbourne based firm Save U has partnered with Cloud technology provider iFace (Compare Your Life) to start consolidating the need for multiple software applications. Save U’s CEO, Stephen Clarkson is impressed with the efficiencies the software has brought to his business.   ‘Our decision to purchase was made in the initial presentation, as the quality of the software and the utilisation of the most up to date technology made the choice incredibly easy to make. We had been searching for a solution for 3 years, and this ticked all the boxes that we were looking for.   The migration from our legacy product was seamless and after 15 minutes of […]


Boundlss selected for Hartford InsurTech Hub acceleration program

Boundlss are delighted to announce that they been selected by the Hartford InsurTech Hub, powered by Startupbootcamp to join their inaugural acceleration program. The three month program, based in Hartford Connecticut, represents an invaluable opportunity to network with insurers, investors, experts and influencers in the US insurance market. Jonah Cacioppe, Boundlss’ CEO, said ‘We are thrilled to be part of this exciting initiative with the Hartford InsurTech Hub, powered by Startupbootcamp. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn from industry experts and test Boundlss’ AI health assistant and conversational platform in the US market.’ Boundlss joins 10 other successful start-ups who were scouted from an initial list of 4,000 from […]


VCs target Australian blockchain and cryptocurrency firms with $44m in funds

Start-ups with designs on making it big in the fast-growing world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies will be targeted by two new funds focusing on the Australian market, with almost $44 million to spend. Apollo Capital, founded by venture capital fund Dominent Venture Partners’ Domenic Carosa and Holger Arians and Wall Street veteran Henrik Andersson, is attempting to raise a minimum of $30 million and will specialise in crypto asset investments, which it defines as digital currencies, blockchain-based assets and initial coin offerings. At the same time an $80 million global blockchain development fund, Foundation, is expanding to Australia, with its global director of partnerships and strategic alliances, Jason Lee, […]