The Fintech 100 showcases the world's leading 50 ‘Established’ fintech companies as well as the most captivating 50 ‘Emerging Stars’.
A collaboration between KPMG Fintech and Fintech investment firm, H2 Ventures, the 2017 Fintech 100 features the leading 50 'Established' fintech companies across the globe, as well as the most captivating 50 'Emerging Stars' – exciting new fintechs with bold, disruptive and potentially game-changing ideas.
The Fintech 100 demonstrates the acceleration of the disruption taking place in the global financial services industry, with more capital being invested around the world in startups and established ventures that are creating new financial products and solutions.
The fintech companies were selected following extensive global research and analysis based on data relating to five factors: total capital raised, rate of capital raising, geographic and sector diversity, consumer and marketplace traction, and X-factor (degree of product, service and business model innovation) – a subjective measure that is applied only with respect to companies appearing on the 50 Emerging Stars list.
Founded in 2016, iBanFirst is an online multi-currency platform which operates in competition with major banks to provide entrepreneurs with a simplified financial operations management system. The system provides exchange rates in real time in addition to simplifying the payments process for companies operating across boarders.
“I am very proud to have Ibanfirst in the 2017 top 100 Global Fintech KPMG/H2 report – Emerging top 50,” comments Vincent Piron, partner KPMG Advisory. “Payment is and will be a key domain for fintech where the speed of technological evolution, new regulation and fast evolving connected customer expectations will create new business model an opportunities.”
First, second and third place on this year's Fintech 100, are occupied by Chinese fintech firms - continuing a trend several years in the making, and indicating the extraordinary rise of fintech in China.
On the other hand, UK & EMEA are dominating the 'Emerging 50' list. A total of 26 companies from the UK & EMEA are listed on this list, compared to 10 in the Americas, and 14 in Asia (including Australia and New Zealand).
Disruptive technologies continue to dominate the top 50 – companies who are radically changing their industry paradigm for all players. However, the importance of enablers remains steady, with 27 of these companies represented.
Furthermore, the report discovered that data is at the core of fintech business models. Data is the lifeblood of any financial institution, and will be a critical foundation for the successful adoption of any advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.