Finalists Announced for the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards 2018

The LendIt Fintech Industry Awards recognizes the leaders in the fintech community. Last year we held the inaugural Awards show and it was a big hit. We quickly realized how much an event like this was appreciated and needed to shine the spotlight on people and companies who are working hard to innovate in financial services.

For 2018 we have built on last year’s success and received a tremendous amount of applications. The LendIt content team went through over 450 submissions and carefully chose the finalists listed below. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

From here we hand off to a community of judges who will then select the winners for each category. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Industry Awards ceremony held on April 10 (Day two of LendIt Fintech) in San Francisco. There are still a limited number of tickets left for the event, you can learn more and register for a ticket here.

Here is the list of all the awards finalists for 2018.

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
  • ConsenSys
  • Alphapoint

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

We hope to see you at the 2018 Awards Show where the winners will be announced. If you missed our 2017 event, here is a recap video the team put together.

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