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Fintech is booming – but are there credible fintech awards?

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Thomas Paton

Consultant, Boost Awards

Fintech awards

Fintech awards are now commonplace in the business awards market place. In this article, Thomas Paton discusses the growth of the fintech sector and the concomitant increase in credible fintech awards.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the word ‘fintech’ – a portmanteau of ‘financial’ and ‘technology’ – but did you know that fintech is the fastest-growing sector for UK-based start-ups? In this article I’ll be examining the global fintech phenomenon, as well as asking whether there has been a proportionate reaction from the international business awards market, that is, are the established schemes offering product, service and whole-company categories that recognise fintech excellence? To avoid unnecessary suspense, the good news is that I’ve been able to compile a list of international fintech awards that are both credible and winnable. Read on to learn more! 

The rapid growth in fintech

Between 2018 and 2021, the global fintech sector will supposedly experience an average yearly growth rate of 80%. This eye-catching statistic was first published in Finance for Fintech (2018), a white paper commissioned by The London Stock Exchange that surveyed more that 400 fintech executives from across the globe. As well as painting an enthralling picture of the fintech market place – i.e., demonstrating those countries seeing the most prodigious growth (Germany and UK) and charting the yearly increases of VC investment in fintech start-ups ($14.2B in 2017) – the report also pinpoints several factors that explain why fintech has become such a hive of investment opportunity. Disruptive business models, regulatory amendments and increased customer demand are all cited as turbocharging development within financial services. Since the introduction of Open Banking in 2018, to take a regulatory example, many enterprising B2C businesses have exploited relaxed legislation by integrating banking feeds with novel software applications, much to the delight of customers crying out for smart, web-based banking services. Beyond regulation, though, by far the most radically transformative element within fintech is technological advancement. Enhanced identity management, automation, blockchain and natural language search are just a few domains that are assuring fintech’s rapid, revolutionary change.

Critically, these technological advancements are not merely inventive for their own sake; rather, they have untold application when it comes to improving efficiency, reducing costs, tightening security and forging businesses that are both strikingly agile and intrinsically adaptive. Taken individually, each of these attributes would be enough to pique the interest of venture capitalists from Mumbai to San Francisco; combine them in a single company offering, though, and you can see why some fintech start-ups are seeing annual growth rates of 350%.

Fintech awards and business awards

The international awards market is highly receptive to changes in the business landscape, whether those changes are cultural, regulatory or technological. Unsurprisingly, long-established FS award schemes are now alert to the growing fintech trend and are starting to incorporate dedicated categories into their schemes.

If you, your company or your wider team are looking to gain recognition for a fintech product or service, simply read on to explore our handpicked list of the best fintech awards to enter in 2020 or contact Boost for help entering (for ease, we have divided the list by region).

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“Disruptive business models, regulatory amendments and increased customer demand are all cited as turbocharging development within financial services.”

International fintech awards

Please note: the “~” symbol means that the date is based on the previous year’s awards programme or is an estimate based on the information available.
We can’t guarantee 100% accuracy (we try our best!) so always visit the individual awards’ websites for the latest information.
Award nameDeadline DateAwarding DateIndustryRegion
Financial Innovation Awards ~7th Aug ~21st Nov Financial Services International
Citi MENA Fintech Challenge ~10th Aug ~10th Sep Financial Services MENA
AFTS FinTech Awards ~11th Aug ~8th Nov Financial Services Africa
Future Digital Awards Fintech and Payments 14th Aug ~8th Sep Financial Services International
EWPN Awards (Women in Fintech) 17th Aug 28th Sep Financial Services Europe
The AltFi Awards ~30th Aug ~14th Jan Financial Services Europe
Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards Asia 7th Sep ~14th Nov Financial Services Asia
Canadian Fintech & AI Awards ~16th Sep 16th Nov Financial Services Canada
Benzinga Fintech Awards ~30th Sep 10th Nov Financial Services International
Fund Technology and WSL Awards ~18th Oct ~25th Feb Financial Services USA
FDATA Global Open Finance Awards ~18th Oct ~4th Dec Financial Services International
The Asset Triple A Awards (Digital Award Programme) ~26th Oct ~14th Apr Financial Services Asia Pacific
Islamic Finance News World Islamic Fintech Awards 30th Nov 17th Dec Financial Services International
Arabian Business KSA Achievement Awards ~5th Dec ~31st Jan Business Middle East
FStech Awards ~6th Dec ~19th Mar Financial Services EMEA
The Seamless Awards ~10th Jan ~25th Mar Financial Services MENA
IAMAI India Digital Awards ~16th Jan ~5th Feb Marketing PR Events & Advertising Asia
SIIA CODiE Awards ~17th Jan 18th May IT & Telecommunications International
Corporate Treasurer Awards ~17th Jan ~7th Mar Financial Services Asia Pacific
Startup Europe Awards ~27th Jan ~15th Nov Business Europe
WealthBriefingAsia Awards ~13th Mar 28th May Financial Services Asia
The Innovators (Global Finance) ~16th Mar ~10th Sep Financial Services International
The Europas - The European Tech Startup Awards ~25th Mar 25th Jun IT & Telecommunications EMEA
Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards ~14th Apr 17th Jun Financial Services International
The Banker Innovation in Digital Banking Awards 15th May ~1st Aug Financial Services International
International Investment Awards 30th Jun 8th Oct Financial Services International

UK-based fintech awards

Please note: the “~” symbol means that the date is based on the previous year’s awards programme or is an estimate based on the information available.
We can’t guarantee 100% accuracy (we try our best!) so always visit the individual awards’ websites for the latest information.
Award nameDeadline DateAwarding DateIndustryRegion
Culture in Finance ~5th Aug ~19th Sep Financial Services UK
Banking Technology Awards 12th Aug 25th Nov Financial Services UK
InvestHK UK Fintech Awards ~8th Nov ~29th Apr Financial Services UK
UK FinTech Awards ~24th Jan 27th Oct Financial Services UK
Digital Leaders DL100 Awards ~28th Feb 17th Jun IT & Telecommunications UK
ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards ~6th Mar 13th Aug IT & Telecommunications Scotland
Fintech Awards Wales 10th May 25th Sep Financial Services Wales

Financial services awards 

Overall, the answer to this article’s titular question is a resounding yes, there most certainly are credible fintech awards out there, and many of them are eminently winnable, offering companies great opportunities for recognition and exposure. The lists given above are intended to demonstrate that fintech companies with innovative products and services have numerous options when it comes to matching their story with the categories offered by fintech-specific awards. Having said this, the fintech awards we’ve highlighted are by no means an exhaustive overview of the awards available to fintech companies. In fact, financial services is one of the largest sub-sections of the awards market place and, as well as considering fintech-specific awards, fintech companies would be wise to investigate general financial services awards (both UK-based and international) to see whether they meet the criteria and requirements of general FS award schemes, and thereby stand a good chance of taking home the top prize.

Please browse our comprehensive lists of financial services awards:
International financial services awards list 
UK financial services awards list
Awards organised by countries and regions 
Which are the best IT Awards to enter? 

 

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Next steps?

Are you a fintech entrepreneur who wants to see a product or service recognised, or are you part of a fintech start-up that has witnessed accelerated growth over the last two or more years? Whether you are confident or you don’t know the first thing about award submissions, every entrant has something to gain by collaborating with Boost Awards. We are a team of highly experienced industry experts, and collectively we have helped our clients win over 1,300 business awards.

If you would like to contact Boost Awards for some specialist award consultancy, details of our award entry writing services can be found here. Be warned, though, our clients book us to enter the most prestigious schemes well in advance, this is because we never write competing entries. Effectively, if you tell us the category you’re interested in winning, we help you and only you to win it.

Get in touch today if you would like to have a discussion about our services, pricing or all the ways in which Boost can add value to individual entries or your overall award strategy. You can contact the team via our contact form or email me directly via thomas.paton@boost-awards.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas.

(C) This article was written by Thomas Paton and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards

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Fintech is booming – but are there credible fintech awards?

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Thomas Paton

Consultant, Boost Awards

Fintech awards

Fintech awards are now commonplace in the business awards market place. In this article, Thomas Paton discusses the growth of the fintech sector and the concomitant increase in credible fintech awards.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the word ‘fintech’ – a portmanteau of ‘financial’ and ‘technology’ – but did you know that fintech is the fastest-growing sector for UK-based start-ups? In this article I’ll be examining the global fintech phenomenon, as well as asking whether there has been a proportionate reaction from the international business awards market, that is, are the established schemes offering product, service and whole-company categories that recognise fintech excellence? To avoid unnecessary suspense, the good news is that I’ve been able to compile a list of international fintech awards that are both credible and winnable. Read on to learn more! 

The rapid growth in fintech

Between 2018 and 2021, the global fintech sector will supposedly experience an average yearly growth rate of 80%. This eye-catching statistic was first published in Finance for Fintech (2018), a white paper commissioned by The London Stock Exchange that surveyed more that 400 fintech executives from across the globe. As well as painting an enthralling picture of the fintech market place – i.e., demonstrating those countries seeing the most prodigious growth (Germany and UK) and charting the yearly increases of VC investment in fintech start-ups ($14.2B in 2017) – the report also pinpoints several factors that explain why fintech has become such a hive of investment opportunity. Disruptive business models, regulatory amendments and increased customer demand are all cited as turbocharging development within financial services. Since the introduction of Open Banking in 2018, to take a regulatory example, many enterprising B2C businesses have exploited relaxed legislation by integrating banking feeds with novel software applications, much to the delight of customers crying out for smart, web-based banking services. Beyond regulation, though, by far the most radically transformative element within fintech is technological advancement. Enhanced identity management, automation, blockchain and natural language search are just a few domains that are assuring fintech’s rapid, revolutionary change.

Critically, these technological advancements are not merely inventive for their own sake; rather, they have untold application when it comes to improving efficiency, reducing costs, tightening security and forging businesses that are both strikingly agile and intrinsically adaptive. Taken individually, each of these attributes would be enough to pique the interest of venture capitalists from Mumbai to San Francisco; combine them in a single company offering, though, and you can see why some fintech start-ups are seeing annual growth rates of 350%.

Fintech awards and business awards

The international awards market is highly receptive to changes in the business landscape, whether those changes are cultural, regulatory or technological. Unsurprisingly, long-established FS award schemes are now alert to the growing fintech trend and are starting to incorporate dedicated categories into their schemes.

If you, your company or your wider team are looking to gain recognition for a fintech product or service, simply read on to explore our handpicked list of the best fintech awards to enter in 2020 or contact Boost for help entering (for ease, we have divided the list by region).

us awards comparison chart

“Disruptive business models, regulatory amendments and increased customer demand are all cited as turbocharging development within financial services.”

International fintech awards

Please note: the “~” symbol means that the date is based on the previous year’s awards programme or is an estimate based on the information available.
We can’t guarantee 100% accuracy (we try our best!) so always visit the individual awards’ websites for the latest information.
Award nameDeadline DateAwarding DateIndustryRegion
Financial Innovation Awards ~7th Aug ~21st Nov Financial Services International
Citi MENA Fintech Challenge ~10th Aug ~10th Sep Financial Services MENA
AFTS FinTech Awards ~11th Aug ~8th Nov Financial Services Africa
Future Digital Awards Fintech and Payments 14th Aug ~8th Sep Financial Services International
EWPN Awards (Women in Fintech) 17th Aug 28th Sep Financial Services Europe
The AltFi Awards ~30th Aug ~14th Jan Financial Services Europe
Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards Asia 7th Sep ~14th Nov Financial Services Asia
Canadian Fintech & AI Awards ~16th Sep 16th Nov Financial Services Canada
Benzinga Fintech Awards ~30th Sep 10th Nov Financial Services International
Fund Technology and WSL Awards ~18th Oct ~25th Feb Financial Services USA
FDATA Global Open Finance Awards ~18th Oct ~4th Dec Financial Services International
The Asset Triple A Awards (Digital Award Programme) ~26th Oct ~14th Apr Financial Services Asia Pacific
Islamic Finance News World Islamic Fintech Awards 30th Nov 17th Dec Financial Services International
Arabian Business KSA Achievement Awards ~5th Dec ~31st Jan Business Middle East
FStech Awards ~6th Dec ~19th Mar Financial Services EMEA
The Seamless Awards ~10th Jan ~25th Mar Financial Services MENA
IAMAI India Digital Awards ~16th Jan ~5th Feb Marketing PR Events & Advertising Asia
SIIA CODiE Awards ~17th Jan 18th May IT & Telecommunications International
Corporate Treasurer Awards ~17th Jan ~7th Mar Financial Services Asia Pacific
Startup Europe Awards ~27th Jan ~15th Nov Business Europe
WealthBriefingAsia Awards ~13th Mar 28th May Financial Services Asia
The Innovators (Global Finance) ~16th Mar ~10th Sep Financial Services International
The Europas - The European Tech Startup Awards ~25th Mar 25th Jun IT & Telecommunications EMEA
Treasury Today Adam Smith Awards ~14th Apr 17th Jun Financial Services International
The Banker Innovation in Digital Banking Awards 15th May ~1st Aug Financial Services International
International Investment Awards 30th Jun 8th Oct Financial Services International

UK-based fintech awards

Please note: the “~” symbol means that the date is based on the previous year’s awards programme or is an estimate based on the information available.
We can’t guarantee 100% accuracy (we try our best!) so always visit the individual awards’ websites for the latest information.
Award nameDeadline DateAwarding DateIndustryRegion
Culture in Finance ~5th Aug ~19th Sep Financial Services UK
Banking Technology Awards 12th Aug 25th Nov Financial Services UK
InvestHK UK Fintech Awards ~8th Nov ~29th Apr Financial Services UK
UK FinTech Awards ~24th Jan 27th Oct Financial Services UK
Digital Leaders DL100 Awards ~28th Feb 17th Jun IT & Telecommunications UK
ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards ~6th Mar 13th Aug IT & Telecommunications Scotland
Fintech Awards Wales 10th May 25th Sep Financial Services Wales

Financial services awards

Overall, the answer to this article’s titular question is a resounding yes, there most certainly are credible fintech awards out there, and many of them are eminently winnable, offering companies great opportunities for recognition and exposure. The lists given above are intended to demonstrate that fintech companies with innovative products and services have numerous options when it comes to matching their story with the categories offered by fintech-specific awards. Having said this, the fintech awards we’ve highlighted are by no means an exhaustive overview of the awards available to fintech companies. In fact, financial services is one of the largest sub-sections of the awards market place and, as well as considering fintech-specific awards, fintech companies would be wise to investigate general financial services awards (both UK-based and international) to see whether they meet the criteria and requirements of general FS award schemes, and thereby stand a good chance of taking home the top prize.

Please browse our comprehensive lists of financial services awards:
International financial services awards list 
UK financial services awards list
Awards organised by countries and regions 
Which are the best IT awards to enter?

awards in the us

Next steps?

Are you a fintech entrepreneur who wants to see a product or service recognised, or are you part of a fintech start-up that has witnessed accelerated growth over the last two or more years? Whether you are confident or you don’t know the first thing about award submissions, every entrant has something to gain by collaborating with Boost Awards. We are a team of highly experienced industry experts, and collectively we have helped our clients win over 1,300 business awards.

If you would like to contact Boost Awards for some specialist award consultancy, details of our award entry writing services can be found here. Be warned, though, our clients book us to enter the most prestigious schemes well in advance, this is because we never write competing entries. Effectively, if you tell us the category you’re interested in winning, we help you and only you to win it.

Get in touch today if you would like to have a discussion about our services, pricing or all the ways in which Boost can add value to individual entries or your overall award strategy. You can contact the team via our contact form or email me directly via thomas.paton@boost-awards.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas.

(C) This article was written by Thomas Paton and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards

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