Sixty startups to showcase their wares at Singapore Fintech Festival

Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the 60 finalists that will vie for the Global FinTech Hackcelerator and FinTech Awards at this year’s Singapore FinTech Festival.

The finalists will get to showcase their innovative solutions at the Festival.

This year’s finalists were selected from 514 submissions1 from over 40 countries, representing a cross-section of the growing FinTech community, including in insurance, digital payments, and cybersecurity. More than half of the finalists come from the ASEAN region.

Mr Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, MAS, said, “We have seen a good increase in the number of high quality submissions from FinTech start-ups this year. We have also seen more innovative FinTech talent in the region coming through the new ASEAN PitchFest, making it to the final round of the FinTech Awards this year. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of our industry partners like KPMG and PwC who have worked closely with us to curate the various programmes for the Singapore FinTech Festival and awards.”

“Working with this year’s finalists to harness their ideas, and craft and refine their pitches has been a truly refreshing experience,” said Jan Reinmueller, Partner, Head of Digital Village, KPMG in Singapore. “The solutions presented in this year’s Global FinTech Hackcelerator are more sophisticated than before and we are also seeing more solutions that are designed for wider regional application. With this year’s competition, the bar has been raised yet again for start-ups in this space and we expect to see even higher-calibre solutions entering the market in the coming year, especially in insurance which is a hot bed for disruption and transformation.”

“We are very honoured to be supporting MAS on the FinTech Awards for the second consecutive year including the launch of the ASEAN PitchFest this year,” said Wong Wanyi, FinTech Partner, PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub. “Since the beginning of our partnership, we have seen a surge in the quality and innovation of companies in the FinTech Awards submissions. It is rewarding to see how FinTech companies have matured and grown not just locally but within the ASEAN region, and we expect this effect to raise the level of competitiveness in our FinTech landscape.”

Past finalists at the Global FinTech Hackcelerator and the FinTech Awards have benefitted significantly from the exposure and connections made as a result of their participation.

AID:Tech, Global FinTech Hackcelerator finalist in 2017 and the first company in the world to deliver international aid using blockchain technology, recently secured €1 million in investment from both Enterprise Ireland and SGInnovate.
M-DAQ, winner of the FinTech Awards (Singapore Open category) in 2016 had recently partnered the Singapore Exchange to develop a patented solution for investors to view real-time prices of the component stocks of the Straits Times Index in selected currencies.
The Global FinTech Hackcelerator and FinTech Awards competitions will be judged by an international panel of judges made up of industry experts across multiple domains. Please refer to Annex B for more details of the competitions. The winners of these competitions will be announced at Singapore FinTech Festival. Holders of the 3-day FinTech Conference pass will have access to the awards sessions held at the Singapore Expo from 12 to 14 November.

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