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Celebrating pioneers and change-makers – The Fintech Abu Dhabi Awards 2021

Fintech awards

For 2021 the Fintech Abu Dhabi Awards return for their third year, showcasing the very best in global fintech innovation, via nine inspiring categories. These Awards seek to reward those that truly understand their customer – elevating not only grassroots talent but also celebrating the very boldest ideas and initiatives that are driving the fintech sector forward.

Focusing on the achievements and outcomes, these exceptional Awards create an industry-wide, and internationally-recognised, gold standard for excellence in the field of fintech. They showcase and support both emerging and existing talent globally and within the MENA region – making them unique as they highlight innovation, creativity and success.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony held on the Main Stage on Wednesday 24 November at 3:15pm. Virtual attendance is welcome – read on for full details.

Choose from 8 Exception Categories

With nine categories to choose from, the Fintech Abu Dhabi awards celebrate fintech pioneers. Read on to find out more…

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Fintech Founder of the Year

Awarded to an exceptional founder. A fintech entrepreneur that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great product development, customer growth, sales/partnerships, funds raised, uniqueness, the impact of the product/service and leadership in the ecosystem.


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Fintech Investor of the Year

Awarded to the VC Investor that has successfully deployed significant capital into Fintech businesses with a physical presence in the UAE/MENA region.


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Fintech Partnership of the Year

Awarded to the most productive and effective partnership, or collaboration between a corporate/institution and a startup/scaleup, that has created incredible mutual value.


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Fintech Partnership of the Year

Awarded to the most productive and effective partnership, or collaboration between a corporate/institution and a startup/scaleup, that has created incredible mutual value.


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Digital Banking Product of the Year

Awarded to a bank, in recognition of its commitment to customer excellence via access to digital banking products.


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Sustainability Champion of the Year

The award recognises a local, or global, fintech individual or institution who has demonstrated the highest degree of sustainable fintech excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year. Candidates or institutions should also have acted as positive role models and actively sought to bring more sustainability and diversity to the fintech industry.


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The Young Talents Recognition Award

This award recognises a local young professional who has demonstrated the highest degree of professional excellence, development and leadership in the last year. Candidates should also have acted as a positive role models and contributed to their own development, but also the development of others in the fintech industry.


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Community Champion of the Year

The award recognises a project or initiative who has shown leadership in galvanising the Fintech ecosystem in the MENA market.


The Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021 Awards Ceremony

Attendance at this year’s Awards ceremony will be virtual only – join from 3:15pm on Wednesday 24 November to watch the sparkling Awards Ceremony and celebrate as the winners are announced.

Time Topics
3:15 PM Introduction by Emcee
3:18 PM Opening Remarks
3:23 PM Fintech Abu Dhabi Awards Ceremony
3:58 PM Closing Remarks
4:00 PM Event Ends

Register for Fintech Abu Dhabi 2021

This year’s Fintech Abu Dhabi is free to attend - register now to claim your virtual pass giving you access to all sessions on the 23–24 November, that’s in excess of 40 hours of content and the chance to learn from more than 150 speakers! Join fintech pioneers, investors, VCs, founders and industry leaders for two days of unmissable opportunity, only at MENA’s leading fintech festival.













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