Shortlist for 2019 Fintech Awards Wales announced

The shortlist for the first ever Fintech Awards Wales has been announced by their organisers.

Hosted by Recruit 121 Group and principal sponsor Confused.com, the awards will celebrate the achievements of fintech professionals and companies across Wales.

As well as putting Welsh firms and specialists on the map, the event will also recognise the contribution made by this sector to the Welsh economy.

The winners will be announced a celebratory awards night, which will take place at Cardiff-based entertainment space Tramshed on July 19th.

Matt Hyde, managing director of FinTech Awards Wales, is delighted at the impact these awards have created.

“The response from FinTech professionals across the whole of Wales has been excellent, with impressive nominations received across the 10 Categories.” he said.

“Our vision – to recognise, attract and invest in FinTech talent is core to what we are doing. These awards will be shining a light on the rich talent we have in Wales and celebrating the valuable work of the FinTech sector.

“We are excited to find new and existing talent in Wales and provide a platform to showcase in Wales, the UK and beyond.”

The shortlisted companies and professionals are:

FinTech Start-up

  • ANNA Money
  • Samepage
  • Credas
  • Disberse

FinTech Company

  • GoCompare Group Ltd
  • Vizolution
  • Backbase
  • TAXO’D

FinTech Scale-up

  • Bipsync UK Ltd
  • Delio Ltd
  • Cashcalc
  • Backbase
  • Vizolution

CTO / CIO

  • Andrew Brockway, Confused.com
  • Jackson Hull, GoCompare Group PLC
  • Leon James, Motokiki/Leon James Consultancy

New Product 

  • Source Insurance
  • LiveLend Reward Loan
  • WeFlip
  • MyPINPAD
  • Credas

Best Advisory Firm

  • Henry Howard Finance
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Capital Law Ltd

Best Accelerator / Incubator 

  • Natwest Accelerator Hub
  • Barclays Eagle Lab in Partnership with Legal & General
  • Town Square Spaces

Best Academic Programme 

  • Cardiff University, School of Mathematics
  • University of South Wales, National Cyber Security Academy
  • Cardiff University, National Software Academy (NSA)
  • GoCompare Group PLC, GoFurther Academy

Rising FinTech Star

  • Tom Newton, CashCalc
  • Bill Safran, Vizolution
  • Eleana Martyn, Comparison Creator
  • Ben Joakim, Disberse
  • Sina Yamani, Lynq

Best Enabling Tech Company

  • Illustrate Digital
  • Comparison Creator
  • Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Louise O’Shea, CEO at Confused.com, said Wales is earning itself a name as an established FinTech hub formed of agile start-up businesses to innovative tech giants.

She said: “The tech sector is worth £8.5bn to the Welsh economy. Demonstrating the calibre of organisations operating in Wales through the FinTech Wales Awards will help us to attract the best talent to the region and allow us to continue growing our community.”

Economy Minister Ken Skates added: “There is no doubt that we are living in an age of unprecedented change and economic opportunity and this is one of the many reasons why the Welsh Government is such a proud and active supporter of our thriving FinTech Sector.

“I look forward to these awards which will shine a light on the skilled workforce and exciting innovators who are proud to drive forward their businesses here in Wales.”