After several weeks of scrutinising applications from more than 160 FinTech companies, KPMG Luxembourg and the LHoFT Foundation are happy to announce the 15 semi-finalists who have been selected to face the jury at the FinTech Awards Luxembourg. These 15 companies will get the chance to continue their adventure by attending the semi-final and final competition this 28 June at KPMG Luxembourg. They will face the judges to pitch their company and its disruptive aims. “It was very difficult to narrow down the applicants’ pool,” said Pascal Denis, KPMG, who will supervise the jury at the semi-final in June, “as the quality of applications was of an incredibly high standard again this year. It’s challenging for them, but also for us as organisers. To ensure an excellent 2017 edition, we must understand every project, since each one’s ins and outs inform its ultimate potential”. Nasir Zubairi, CEO of the LHoFT adds: “The list of the 15 semi-finalists is of great quality, as is the diversity of the activity sectors represented. They geographically demonstrate the international dimension of the Awards and the indisputable appeal of Luxembourg as a FinTech hub. We cannot wait to hear the pitches in the semi-final and the final and to see who will finish at the top of the podium”.
The 15 selected are
|Name||Sector||Country||Year of incorporation|
|3||Beijing ThinkYoung Technology Co., Ltd.||Blockchain||People’s Republic of China||2014|
|4||Blanco Services||Investment Management||The Netherlands||2015|
|5||Pulsar Connect||Institutional asset management||France||2016|
|11||ClauseMatch Ltd||RegTech||United Kingdom||2014|
|15||WealthInitiative AG||Wealth management||Switzerland||2015|
15 semi-finalists, 7 finalists, 4 winners
This 28 June, these 15 FinTech companies will find themselves in the spotlight, pitching and answering the jury’s questions. Seven finalists will break through the first stage of elimination and continue their race to the grand final, seeking one of the top prizes. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna will both be present at the Awards to speak and to award the prizes, which are as follows:
- FinTech Startup of the Year
- Runner-up: FinTech Startup of the Year
- Second Runner-up: FinTech Startup of the Year
- Women in FinTech Award
The prizes for winning include: €50.000, 4 months’ hosting at Technoport, a participation to the Innovation Tour – a trip to Silicon Valley, a membership to the KPMG Hub for Entrepreneurship (The Khube) for a year and a free membership to the LHoFT, which includes 6 months’ hosting at the LHoFT’s FinTech hub. The evening will end by a networking session amongst the public investors, representatives of the financial sector, startups and other enthusiasts present. We anticipate a memorable evening together.
About the FinTech Awards Luxembourg
The FinTech Awards are organised by the LHoFT and KPMG Luxembourg, in collaboration with Digital Lëtzebuerg, the Luxembourg ICT Cluster, LuxInnovation, and Maison Moderne, and sponsored by KNEIP and Telindus. For more information, please visit our site dedicated to the FinTech Awards Luxembourg. The author of this article is solely responsible for the content published.