Swiss FinTech Awards go to Apiax, Crypto Finance and Johann Schneider-Ammann


At the Swiss Fintech Awards Night held yesterday Apiax won the category «Early Stage Start-up of the Year». The company took the opportunity to announce its expansion to UK. Crypto Finance is the winner of 2019 in the category «Growth Stage Start-up of the Year». Former Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann was named «Fintech Influencer of the Year».


The Swiss FinTech Awards Night took place yesterday following an extensive selection process. 70 start-up applications were accepted to the awards program, the ten best rated fintech companies reached the Top 10 round. All ten companies passed through the FinTech Boot Camp organised by Knowledge Partner Accenture and given the opportunity to make a presentation to the assembled jury members and sponsor banks as part of a “speed dating session”. Former Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann is named «Fintech Influencer of the Year» in 2019 due to his support of fintech during his time as Federal Councillor. Early Stage Startup of the YearThe number of regulations is increasing every day. Banks have to spend billions for fines and penalties. Apiax wants to change that with a platform transforming complex regulations into digital compliance rules, which are constantly up-to-date and verified, accessible via an API. Since the company was founded in May 2017, Apiax has grown to 19 employees. Seven customers and six partnerships form the basis of the company's success.   Apiax is currently preparing its expansion into the UK. The startup has been able to win Alan Blanchard, a former RegTech expert from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), for this purpose. Alan will be supported by additional employees in a new office in London. Apiax believes in the potential of the UK market, not only because it continues to hold an important share of the global investment and asset management market, but also because London offers exciting regulatory and technology talent.  Growth Stage Startup of the YearThe Crypto Finance Group provides institutional and professional investors products and services with a level of quality, reliability, and security that are unique in the digital asset space today. The group includes the holding company Crypto Finance AG and three subsidiaries: Crypto Fund AG, the first regulated asset manager for crypto assets authorised by FINMA under the Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act; Crypto Broker AG, active in crypto asset trading; and Crypto Storage AG, providing crypto asset storage infrastructure. CEO and founder Jan Brzezek comments, “The Swiss FinTech Award has established itself in the Swiss finance landscape, and our team at Crypto Finance AG is honoured to win in 2019 and take the stage at this influential event.” (Press release - SK)