Australian companies made a strong showing in the H2 Ventures and KPMG 2018 Fintech100, highlighting dynamic fintechs from around the world that are transforming the financial services industry – from digital payments and lending, to insurtech, to neo-banking – as they attract investment at a record pace.
The Fintech100 consists of two lists, the ‘Leading 50’, ranked based on innovation, capital raising activity, size and reach and the ‘Emerging 50’, which features exciting new fintechs at the forefront of innovative technologies and practices, often pursuing new business models.
The top placed Australian fintechs were AfterPay Touch, which shot up 18 places from 2017, moving from 44 to 26, and Airwallex, a new entry at 49. These were the sole Australian representatives in the 2018 ‘Leading 50’.
Five more Australian companies: Agridigital, Look Who's Charging, Nod, Power Ledger and Trade Ledger made the 2018.
Ian Pollari, Global Co-Lead of KPMG Fintech, commented: “Australia’s fintech ecosystem has once again demonstrated its global relevance, with a strong showing on the 2018 Fintech100. Both Afterpay and Airwallex show that local fintechs with global ambitions are able to attract customers to scale beyond our shores and raise capital from international investors.”
“Globally, payments and lending continue to be the dominant sectors, with wealth management taking off, featuring 14 companies on the list. Insurtech remains strong with 12 companies. Notable this year is the emergence of neo-banks, with 10 on the list – which is the beginning of what we believe will be accelerated growth of digital banking models globally and in Australia,” he said.
Ben Heap, Founding Partner at H2 Ventures, said: “Venture capital backing of fintech companies continues to accelerate. The companies on the 2018 list have raised over US$52B in venture capital, more than double the total of last year’s list, and more than US$27B of capital in the past 12 months, a 366 percent increase over last year. In terms of major funding rounds, 26 companies on the Fintech100 have each raised US$100M in the last 12 months. The first four companies in the Leading 50 have all raised over US$1B in the last 12 months alone."
“Against this backdrop – and with US and Chinese fintechs attracting massive interest, it is encouraging to see Australian companies holding their own and competing on the global stage."
The Fintech100 were selected following extensive global research and analysis based on data relating to five factors. Two criteria are related to capital raising, reflecting the emphasis that venture capitalist investors place on the ability of firms to innovate in order to generate a long term sustainable competitive advantage:
View the full Fintech100 list at www.fintechinnovators.com
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