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FinTech Abu Dhabi Awards

New for 2019 - The FinTech Abu Dhabi Awards

Showcasing the very best in global FinTech innovation across ten inspirational categories, the awards serve to elevate grassroots talent and celebrate the boldest ideas and initiatives driving the industry.

They create an industry-wide, internationally recognised gold standard for excellence in the field of FinTech while promoting and supporting existing and emerging talent within the UAE and the wider MENA region. Judged by an expert panel of global FinTech luminaries and supported by our corporate champions, the FinTech Abu Dhabi Awards celebrate unique achievements in FinTech innovation, be they in-house at a bank, financial institution or corporate, part of an accelerator or incubator programme or at a cutting edge startup with an industry-shaping new technology.

Congratulations to the Winners

FinTech Abu Dhabi Awards 2019

UAE FINTECH FOUNDER

WINNER: Ian Dillon, Co-Founder, Now money

Award sponsored by: Anglo Gulf Trade Bank

Sponsored by AGTB

 

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MENA FINTECH OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Invoice Bazaar
 

Award sponsored by: ADCB

Sponsored by ADCB

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FINTECH INVESTORS

WINNER: Shorooq VC Partners
 

Award sponsored by: Department of Finance

Sponsored by Dept of Finance

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EMERGING FINTECH TALENT

WINNER: Hardik Bhatia, Founder of SolarGridX

Award sponsored by: ADGM Academy

ADGM Academy

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FINTECH LEADER

WINNER: Ambareen Musa, Founder, Souqalmal

Award sponsored by: DEX

DEX Sponsor

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EMERGING MARKETS FINTECH

WINNER: Mayasoft LLC

Award sponsored by: Finablr

Sponsor logo

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FINTECH ACCELERATOR

WINNER: Startupbootcamp Fintech Cairo

Award sponsored by: ADX

ADX

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FINTECH CORPORATE INNOVATION PROGRAMME

WINNER: Bahrain Fintech Bay

Award sponsored by: Etihad

Etihad

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FINTECH WOMAN OF THE YEAR
 

WINNER: Ambareen Musa, Founder, Souqalmal

Award sponsored by: Abu Dhabi Finance PJSC

Abu Dhabi Finance

No10

ISLAMIC FINTECH OF THE YEAR


WINNER: Wahed Invest LLC

Award sponsored by: Grant Thornton

Sponsored by Grant Thornton

The 2019 Categories

Click on each title below to view the criteria for each category.
UAE FINTECH FOUNDER           

UAE FINTECH FOUNDER           

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UAE FINTECH FOUNDER

UAE-based emerging business (< 5 years old) with a local founder.
Founder described as an individual who has been instrumental. Must have a physical office in the UAE and a product/service deployed.

WINNER: Ian Dillon, Co-Founder, Now money

Sponsored by Anglo Gulf Trade Bank

Sponsored by AGTB

MENA FINTECH OF THE YEAR

MENA FINTECH OF THE YEAR

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MENA FINTECH OF THE YEAR

MENA-based emerging business (< 5 years old) with a local founder. Founder described as an individual who has been instrumental. Must have a physical office in MENA and a product/service deployed.

WINNER:

Invoice Bazaar

Sponsored by ADCB

Sponsored by ADCB

FINTECH INVESTORS                    

FINTECH INVESTORS                    

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FINTECH INVESTORS

An investor that has deployed capital of no less than USD$100K into an emerging FinTech business with a physical presence in the UAE/MENA region.

WINNER:

Shorooq VC Partners

Sponsored by Department of Finance

Sponsored by Dept of Finance

EMERGING FINTECH TALENT

EMERGING FINTECH TALENT

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EMERGING FINTECH TALENT

A UAE/MENA University recent graduate (3 years or less), student or team that has published or created a FinTech solution deemed original/innovative.

WINNER:

Hardik Bhatia, Founder of SolarGridX

Sponsored by ADGM Academy

ADGM Academy

FINTECH LEADER 

FINTECH LEADER 

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FINTECH LEADER

An individual demonstrating outstanding leadership in the transformation of the financial sector. Whether defining new standards, launching key technology initiatives or driving a regulatory-related change. Their impact must be seen to benefit the industry in the UAE/MENA region.

WINNER: Ambareen Musa, Founder, Souqalmal

Sponsored by DEX

DEX Sponsor

 

EMERGING MARKETS FINTECH

EMERGING MARKETS FINTECH

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EMERGING MARKETS FINTECH

Emerging Markets defined as any African or South-East Asian Nation (excluding Singapore). The emerging business (<5 years old) must have a founder local to the nation it was founded in. Must also have a physical office in one or more of the Emerging Market Nations and a product/service deployed.

WINNER: Mayasoft LLC

Sponsored by Finablr

Sponsor logo

FINTECH ACCELERATOR

FINTECH ACCELERATOR

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FINTECH ACCELERATOR

Accelerator present in the UAE/MENA region supporting emerging FinTech businesses either locally or globally.

WINNER: Startupbootcamp Fintech Cairo

Sponsored by ADX

ADX

 

FINTECH CORPORATE INNOVATION PROGRAMME

FINTECH CORPORATE INNOVATION PROGRAMME

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FINTECH CORPORATE INNOVATION PROGRAMME

An innovation programme delivered to support FinTech innovation in large or medium enterprises from the UAE/MENA region.

WINNER: Bahrain Fintech Bay

Sponsored by Etihad

Etihad

FINTECH WOMAN OF THE YEAR

FINTECH WOMAN OF THE YEAR

FTAD-9

FINTECH WOMAN OF THE YEAR

A female role model who led innovative solutions in the financial services driving positive change in the UAE/MENA region.

WINNER: Ambareen Musa, Founder, Souqalmal

Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Finance PJSC

Abu Dhabi Finance

ISLAMIC FINTECH OF THE YEAR

ISLAMIC FINTECH OF THE YEAR

No10

ISLAMIC FINTECH OF THE YEAR

A role model who led innovative solutions in the financial services driving positive change in the UAE/MENA region.

WINNER: Wahed Invest LLC

Sponsored by Grant Thornton

Sponsored by Grant Thornton

Meet The Judges 

Judging Process 2019

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Shortlisting
Each entry will be judged solely on the content submitted via the online entry form. 
Entries shall be considered in accordance with the judging criteria and at the judging panel's discretion. 

 

 

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Final Judgement
Judges will receive the list of nominees and will review the entries before FinTech Abu Dhabi 2019. At the event, they will participate in the official judging day which will take place at FinTech Abu Dhabi to select the final winners of each category.
Winners in each category will then be selected from the shortlist by the Judges and will be announced by ADGM at the event.

Judging Criteria 2019

Innovate

Does the nominee seize a real opportunity? Does it have the power to revolutionise the industry or market?

Impact

To pass this test, there must be real visible or high potential for impact such as profit, new products and/or efficiency. This should also consider impact on the ecosystem, such as support or contributions.

Influence

Determined with recognition by media or other external stakeholders. Plus the effect of the project on the intended audience, demonstrated through measurable business outcomes.

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Strategic Industry Partner

Government Partners


 

Host City


 

Platinum Partners


 

Accelerator Partner


 

Gold Partners


 

Silver Partner


 

Bronze Partners


 

Education Partner


 

Media Partners




 

Arabic Technology Partner


 

Community Partners


 

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