Finalists Announced for Second Annual LendIt Fintech Industry Awards

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2018 -- LendIt Fintech, the world's leading event in financial services innovation, today announced finalists for its second...

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NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2018 -- LendIt Fintech, the world's leading event in financial services innovation, today announced finalists for its second annual LendIt Fintech Industry Awards. Out of hundreds of applicants worldwide, the selected finalists are vying for top honors within 21 categories, which celebrate fintech market leaders, emerging innovators and top talent.

The prestigious awards will bring together 500 fintech influencers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to honor outstanding achievements in financial services innovation. Finalists are currently being evaluated by more than 30 respected fintech industry experts including CEOs, investors and media. The winners will be announced during the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards Show and Dinner on April 10 at One Market in San Francisco. In addition to the ceremony, the evening will include a pre-dinner networking reception, followed by a three-course dinner and live entertainment.

"Our first annual awards ceremony gave us an opportunity to recognize all of the impressive innovations and contributions we've seen in the fintech industry," said Peter Renton, co-founder and co-chairman, LendIt Fintech. "We were yet again impressed by both the number of high-caliber nominees and look forward to celebrating all of the companies disrupting the future of finance to improve the quality of daily life."

Below are the finalists, by category:

Fintech Innovator of the Year

  • Affirm
  • Varo Money
  • Better Mortgage
  • Upstart
  • Plaid
  • Circle
  • loanDepot

Executive  of the Year

  • Raul Vazquez, Oportun
  • Anthony Hsieh, loanDepot
  • Max Levchin, Affirm
  • David Klein, CommonBond
  • Renaud Laplanche, Upgrade Inc.
  • David Kimball, Prosper
  • Yihan Fang, Yirendai

Fintech Woman of the Year

  • Blythe Masters, Digital Asset
  • Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage
  • Stephanie Alsbrooks, defi SOLUTIONS
  • Marla Blow, FS Card
  • Denise Thomas, ApplePie Capital
  • Olympia De Castro, Community Investment Management
  • Stephanie Klein, Braviant Holdings

Blockchain Innovator of the Year

  • Digital Asset
  • Axiom Zen
  • TradeIX
  • Deloitte
  • Alphapoint
  • ConsenSys

Most Innovative Token Economy

  • Axiom Zen
  • JOBS Crypto Offering
  • SweetBridge
  • Blockstack

Top Consumer Lending Platform

  • LendingClub
  • Zopa
  • Marlette Funding
  • Marcus by Goldman Sachs
  • LightStream
  • Yirendai

Top Small Business Lending Platform

  • Kabbage
  • Funding Circle
  • BlueVine
  • Mirador
  • Credibly
  • StreetShares

Top Real Estate Lending Platform

  • Sharestates
  • LendInvest
  • LendingHome
  • PeerStreet
  • LendingOne
  • Fundrise

Emerging Lending Platform

  • Upgrade Inc.
  • Better Mortgage
  • ETHLend
  • Neat Capital
  • Nexoos
  • LendingUSA

Excellence in Financial Inclusion

  • Kreditech
  • LendUp
  • LenddoEFL
  • Oportun
  • China Rapid Finance
  • Elevate Credit

Most Promising Partnership

  • Katipult + Polymath Inc
  • Macquarie + PeerIQ
  • Lending Club + Opportunity Fund
  • Intrinio + QUODD
  • Financeit + Goldman Sachs
  • Minna Technologies + Swedbank

Most Successful Cross-Border Partnership

  • Kabbage + ING
  • Kreditech + PayU
  • PayJoy + Macrocel
  • nCino + OakNorth
  • Kasisto + DBS Bank
  • Phoenix Finance + Saxo Bank

Most Innovative Bank

  • BankMobile
  • Cross River Bank
  • Laurel Road
  • CBW Bank
  • Marcus by Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC

International Innovator of the Year

  • UP Financial
  • LexinFintech
  • Afluenta
  • Phoenix Finance
  • IrisGuard
  • Borrowell

Top Enterprise Technology Company

  • Salesforce
  • Roostify
  • Blend
  • ThreatMetrix
  • Mambu
  • CUneXus

Top Emerging Technology Company

  • Nav
  • Ingo Money
  • Nova Credit Inc.
  • MoneyLion
  • dv01
  • Emailage

Top Professional Services Company

  • Salesforce
  • Deloitte
  • First Associates
  • Millennium Trust
  • Cloud Lending Solutions
  • Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP

Most Innovative Mobile Technology

  • PayJoy
  • Clarity Money
  • AutoGravity
  • Dave.com
  • Blinker
  • Juvo

Top Fintech Equity Investor

  • QED Investors
  • CreditEase Fintech Fund
  • Edison Partners
  • Foundation Capital
  • Citi Ventures
  • Blumberg Capital

Best Journalist Coverage

  • Tony Zerucha, Bankless Times
  • Steven Dresner, DealFlow.com
  • Andrew Dix, Crowdfund Insider
  • Christopher Lustrino, Simple.Innovative.Change
  • Zhou Xin, Yicai Global
  • Leigh Cuen, International Business Times

Top Investment Bank in Fintech

  • Macquarie
  • Marlin & Associates
  • FT Partners

For more information about the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards, visit www.lendit.com/usa/2018/awards. Finalists can purchase LendIt Fintech Industry Awards show tickets or tables here.

About LendIt Fintech
LendIt Fintech is a recognized global internet finance industry leader, founded in New York in 2013. Its aim is to gather industry elites to discuss and explore latest trends in the development of international financial technology. LendIt Fintech has become the largest event in financial services innovation as it hosts three annual conferences, LendIt Fintech USA, LendIt Fintech Europe, and Lang Di Fintech, and dozens of complementary online and in-person industry events. LendIt also owns and operates one of the world's leading industry educational channels, Lend Academy.

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