Finalists revealed for 2016 Finder Innovation Awards

Angus Kidman 2 November 2016 NEWS


Winners to be revealed at a gala event on 10 November.

The finalists for's first Innovation Awards have been revealed, with fresh young startups and some of Australia's biggest companies competing for a range of awards celebrating innovation and technology down under.

"Judges were impressed with the calibre of entries across the board," co-founder and director Fred Schebesta said. "It was humbling to read and review submissions, each which showcased a commitment to innovating and making everyday Australians' lives easier."

The winners will be announced at Doltone House, Hyde Park on Thursday 10 November with media personality and host of The New Inventors James O'Loghlin as MC. On the night, will give the Gold Innovation Award winner to the highest-scoring entry. Each category was judged by experts from across, with assistance from a guest judge.

Here's the full list of finalists (and our guest judges):

Best Telco Customer Innovation

Guest judge: Teresa Corbin, CEO of ACCAN

Best Tech Innovation

  • Acorns Grow Australia
  • CommBank
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Cash by Optus

Guest judge: Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director at Telsyte

Best Mobile Payments Service

  • Android, Android Pay
  • Apple, Apple Pay
  • Optus, Cash by Optus
  • Samsung, Samsung Pay

Guest judge: Lisa Montgomery, Consumer Finance Specialist

Best Internet Banking

  • ING, ING Direct
  • CommBank, NetBank
  • Travel Money, Key to the World Digital Travel Wallet
  • Beyond Bank, Beyond Finance Manager
  • Macquarie Bank, Macquarie Bank Digital Banking

Guest judge: Emma Blake, Editorial Commercial Partnerships Manager and former Editor moneysaverHQ, News Corp

Best Personal Finance App

  • Acorns Grow Australia, Acorns App
  • American Express, Amex AU App
  • CommBank, CommBank App
  • Pocketbook Australia, Pocketbook App

Guest judge: Chris Jager, Editor of Lifehacker Australia

Best Online Customer Service

  • amaysim
  • Fast Cover Travel Insurance
  • Optus

Guest judge: Anouche Newman, CEO, Customer Service Institute of Australia

Most Innovative Team/Person

  • CoverMore
  • ME
  • Optus
  • Smarter Property Investing

Guest judge: Paul Colgan, Editor of Business Insider

Each finalist will receive two complimentary tickets to the awards, and a limited number of extra tickets are available.

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