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2019 Award Categories

FinTech Start-up
of the Year

This award is for a new, up-and-coming FinTech company in Wales that is less than four years old and has shown the most entrepreneurial success in the past year in FinTech.

Success will be measured on a number of factors, including innovative technology, solving a technology need, capturing a new sector or market with FinTech, disruption of a service or market segment, novel application of a product or service, or traction in the international marketplace

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FinTech Company
of the Year

This award is for an established FinTech company in Wales that has been providing products or services for over four years and is actively engaged in innovation creation. Success is measured by a number of factors, including partnerships with banks or providing services directly to consumers, significant growth or adoption.

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FinTech Scale-up
of the Year

This award will recognise a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last 3 years.  This award will go to the business demonstrating the highest levels of growth and a robust plan to deliver a sustainable financial performance.

A high growth company having seen year-on-year growth for 3 or more consecutive years.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Demonstration of investment to build a strong management team
  • Market leading growth
  • High levels of employee engagement
  • Outstanding leadership and management
  • Evidence of the growth mind-set and commitment to building collaborations
  • Evidence of financial performance that categorises the business as scale up
  • Strategy around plans for further expansion 
  • An ethical approach to business

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CTO / CIO
of the Year

This award will be given to a CTO/CIO who has led a significant transformation of their business which is delivering tangible results.  The individual will have constantly demonstrated superior leadership skills, promoted technological change – company wide and would have been innovative in their approach. 

Judges will be looking for an outstanding CTO or CIO who has created or led cutting edge innovation, a CTO or CIO who may have taken a calculated risk and the risk has paid off.

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New Product 
of the Year

This award will recognise a Welsh technology supplier that has delivered innovation, through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. This category is designed to recognise those firms that have responded to market pressures with originality and creativity, and might be using traction-gaining technologies such as artificial intelligence, biometrics or NFC. Details of product development should be provided as far as possible, and applicants should demonstrate the implementation and performance levels of the product.

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Best Advisory Firm
of the Year

This award is open to any firm that actively supports or advises businesses. You will need to show the following points:

  • Overview of the firm, its structure and client base
  • Clear corporate social responsibility plan
  • Evidence of how you have gone over and above for clients
  • Evidence of commercial performance
  • Commitment to staff well-being and evidence of associated programmes

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Best Accelerator / Incubator 
of the Year

This award is targeted at an accelerator or incubator that has demonstrated success in helping FinTech or AI start-ups to launch their businesses, or develop technology and work with others in the sector to develop innovative products or services that have an impact.  This award is to recognise the importance of incubators and accelerators in fostering ecosystem support or other forms of support in Wales that advance innovation in Wales for the benefit of all.  

  • Must be in Wales
  • In FinTech or AI space
  • Recognises accelerators or incubators that support ecosystem

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Best Academic Programme 
of the Year Supporting FinTech / FS Companies

Encouraging the development of FinTech innovation and business solutions (such as cybersecurity/anti-fraud, big data, AI etc.) for enhancing operations and fostering new models of business for the financial sector.

  • Must be in Wales
  • Operating within a Welsh HE/FE institution

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Rising FinTech Star

As the industry grows there are many newcomers bringing fresh innovations to the table.  From FinTech start-ups, developers and software companies to the companies with new and exciting applications for the technology.  This award will recognise a visionary star in the FinTech sector making a significant impact.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of how you have shown enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial flair
  • Show how they have made a measurable impact to their business or organisation

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Best Enabling Tech Company 
For a Company Whose Technology isn’t FinTech but is Enabling FinTech Companies

This award will be for a Company Whose Technology isn’t FinTech but is Enabling FinTech Companies. To receive the Enabling Tech award the company must be best-in-class in two key areas:  understanding the demand for the technology and differentiating from the competition.  The Enabling Technology Company is driven by product quality and innovative technology.  The awardees have differentiated themselves from the competition and deliver a unique and enjoyable experience to customers, giving them confidence in the company’s products and integrity.

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FinTech Leader
of the Year

THIS IS A CLOSED VOTE AND WILL BE DECIDED BY THE JUDGES

This award recognises an individual in the FinTech community who has demonstrated a commitment to fintech innovation that delivers benefits to investors, businesses and customers.

A leader who has demonstrated the most leadership in FinTech.  The award is targeted at recognising a person who has shaped the FinTech dialogue and continues to supports the FinTech community in Wales. 

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