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Genesis startup program in search of next international fintech sensation

18 October 2019
Seven fintech startups to battle it out for $25,000 prize
The University of Sydney Business School, which has been associated with some of the nation's most successful financial sector startups, has launched a fintech specific competition under its highly respected Genesis umbrella.

The 11-year-old Genesis startup program, which supports startups through mentoring, assistance with media exposure and prize money of up to $25,000, will hold its first finale for fintech competitors as part of Sydney's Spark Festival for startups, investors and entrepreneurs.

The Spark Festival is a 17-day program of 130 startup-related events. The Genesis Fintech final, with a first prize of $25,000, will be held on Friday 25th October.

The Head of the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor Leanne Cutcher, described the Spark Festival as a "perfect opportunity to bring entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, innovators, students and executives together for mutual benefit."

This, our first fintech-specific competition, is very much in keeping with the Business School's focus on the technological transformation of the finance sector.
Professor Leanne Cutcher

Meet the finalists

  • Adatreetechnology which helps companies in the finance sector to comply with regulations governing the management of consumer data.
  • BarBooks Australiaa simple, intuitive system which provides management, bookkeeping and reporting technology specifically for the legal profession.
  • Longevity App: technology which takes a small amount after each purchase from the users bank account and adds it to their existing super account.
  • Advisrprovides information on insurance and insurance products and links users with experts and brokers.
  • Zupera super fund which provides users with a greater degree of control over their investments.
  • Kaddytechnology platform which seamlessly manages orders, invoices and payments for industry.
  • Finspire: creating solutions to enable more Australians to receive financial coaching and feel more in control of their financial wellness

"This Genesis competition will shine the light on these highly innovative enterprises and add significantly to Sydney's reputation as one of the leading global ecosystems for fintech," said Professor Cutcher.

"The Business School has been associated with the founders of some of the most successful fintechs in Australia including Afterpay, Lendi and Prospa, all now valued above $100 million," she added. "We are proud to now be supporting the next generation of successful fintechs through the Genesis program."

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