EasyEquities & ThisIsMe overall winners in historic African FinTech Awards tie

The judges could not choose between EasyEquities and ThisIsMe and so, for the first time in African FinTech Awards history, there was a tie for overall winner at Finance Indaba Africa 2017 on Friday, 13 October, after two days of intense pitching battles.

EasyEquities and ThisIsMe both received an overall score of 8.5 in their respective categories after an extensive voting process that also involved the public. Last year's winner, EasyEquities, won the InvesTech category once more, after experiencing surging growth over the past year and making great strides in investing in its platform, development and broadening access to both local and US stocks. ThisIsMe claimed the Innovative Banking title on Thursday 12 October, with its focus on multi-factor identity verification, enhanced due diligence and authentication through its proprietary platform.

Also announced on the day, Kocela took the honours in the Payments & Transfers category, while Ovambo retained its Lending & Financing title.

The boardroom venue for the awards was packed to the brim with excited participants and attendees before, after and during the pitches, as they networked and discussed the issues of the day.

Maud Meijvis, African FinTech community manager, said:

"The awards went very well. The standard of competition has been incredible this year, with the judges having a really tough time of it to decide the winners."

SA's new stock exchange, ZAR X, was the sponsor of the awards and also competed in the InvesTech category.

Here is a recap of the winners of the African FinTech Awards:

Overall winners: ThisIsMe & EasyEquities

Blockchain & Bitcoin: The Sun Exchange
Incumbent Banks: FNB
Innovative Banking: ThisIsMe
InvesTech: EasyEquities
Lending & Financing: Ovamba
Payments & Transfers: Kocela