Fintech is one of the world’s fastest-growing sectors, with the worldwide market tipped to reach US$1.5 trillion by 2030. But with innovation comes a maze of regulation – and that’s just one of the challenges for startups trying to get off the ground.
“FinTech Australia is here to help fintech companies grow locally and internationally,” says general manager Rehan D’Almeida of the members’ association, which represents almost 400 businesses, including international fintech companies when they set up shop in Australia. “The local fintech industry has created world-leading startups. Companies such as Airwallex were born in Australia. We punch far above our weight.”
Going global is an important step to success and the association supports its members on Austrade-led programs overseas, meaning D’Almeida and his team travel a lot. “Yes, we work in a digital industry but we have to be on the ground to build connections for the export market and attend the numerous fintech conferences and festivals around the world.”
As a not-for-profit organisation funded by members, FinTech Australia keeps a close eye on costs, explains D’Almeida, finding smarter ways to fund pivotal business trips and supercharge its impact.
“We build programs for fintechs to learn more about international markets. To make the most of each trip, we time them to match key events. With recent events in New York, Amsterdam and London only a few weeks apart, it made sense to stay for the duration. Our head of community and global engagement, Stuart Keen, made the trip, supporting a few different delegations over six weeks.
Booking through our Qantas Business Rewards Account ensures we access flight discounts and allows us to book and manage multiple trips for multiple travellers in one place, which is incredibly useful for an ever-changing, fast-moving itinerary. It saves us time and lets us focus on the outcomes.”
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“We regularly fly up and down the eastern seaboard from our Melbourne headquarters. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all have vibrant fintech communities. Throughout the year we arrange regular meet-ups to hear our members’ challenges, whether it’s access to capital or talent.
In Canberra we organise roundtables with government ministers and regulators. FinTech Australia has a small team so we arrange our travel individually. We find flights that suit our schedules and book through the association’s Qantas Business Rewards Account, which gives us excellent flight savings. The points we earn on flights are used to reduce our spend on other essentials, such as hotels. It helps our budget go further.”
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“There are many fintech conferences and a lot of activity in the South-East Asian market. It’s vital to see what other markets are doing and to meet with international fintechs that are exploring coming Down Under. Our stable political and regulatory environment means international companies see Australia as a great launchpad for growth.
With so much essential travel, our team is tuned into smart ways to earn more points through Qantas Business Rewards. Every time we fly, book a hotel or hire a car, we earn points for the association, as well as for ourselves as Frequent Flyer members. These points are then used to fund future trips.”
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* A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for the business. A one-off joining fee of $89.50 applies, is inclusive of any applicable GST and may be varied by Qantas from time to time, without notice, in its absolute discretion. Membership and Qantas Points for business are offered under the Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions and earning thresholds apply.
± Qantas Points earned on air travel are determined in accordance with the Airline Earn Table. A Member's ABN and traveller's Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number must be quoted at the time of booking to earn Qantas Points for both the business and the traveller. An eligible flight means a domestic or international flight which has a Qantas 'QF' flight number on the ticket that is purchased in Australia; has a ticket number commencing with '081'; and is booked and travelled for business on or after the date the business registers for Qantas Business Rewards. Exclusions apply. The number of points awarded varies according to the business’ flying Level. Subject to the Qantas Business Rewards Airline Reward Scheme Terms and Conditions, Qantas Points are earned for each segment travelled on Eligible Flights by a Qantas Business Rewards Flyer. A segment is a portion of the journey between two consecutive points listed on an itinerary. The number of Qantas Points earned in Qantas Business Rewards is calculated by applying the percentage Earn Rate to the number of Qantas Points earned by a Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer member in each respective booking class (including cabin bonus and Minimum Points Guarantee if applicable and excluding any bonus Qantas Points which may be offered from time to time) as specified in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Categories in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program, for the applicable travel date. A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member and registered for GST or be an Australian Public or Private entity or other incorporated company, and not be a travel agent or on a Corporate Deal with Qantas to earn Qantas Points for the business from flying.
# You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions. Qantas Points and Status Credits (where applicable) are earned on eligible flights with a Qantas or applicable oneworld® Alliance Airline or Airline Partner flight number on your ticket. Qantas Points and Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. See terms and conditions and the Airline Earning Tables for details on the conditions for the applicable airline.
~ Savings are available exclusively to Qantas Business Rewards Members on the base fare of selected fares only and do not apply to taxes, fees and carrier charges. Availability is limited. Member Deals are subject to the Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions.
^ Discounted Qantas Club membership is available to Qantas Frequent Flyer members who are Qantas Business Rewards Flyers of the Qantas Business Rewards Member. The discount applies to Qantas Club Individual membership rates and is managed under the Qantas Club Qantas Business Rewards scheme. Qantas Club membership is subject to the Qantas Club Terms and Conditions. Please be advised that lounges are subject to capacity limits at the time of your visit. If you're flying domestically on Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar within Australia, and on Jetstar within New Zealand you may bring one guest to join you in a Qantas Club lounge. When visiting an international Qantas Club lounge, you are able to invite one guest each time you visit. Both you and your guest need to be travelling together further that day on the same flight. Lounge access eligibility conditions apply.
§ Only one nomination for the Qantas Business Rewards Gold Accelerator offer can be made per year by an eligible Qantas Business Rewards Level 3 Member. The Qantas Business Rewards account holder or full access user must complete a nomination form through the Qantas Business Rewards portal. The nominee must hold Bronze or Silver Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, and be a stored traveller within the Qantas Business Rewards account. Once approved, the nominee’s Qantas Frequent Flyer status will be upgraded to Gold, when they earn at least 200 Status Credits on new bookings for departures between the date the offer is accepted and within 90 days. Status Credit earn must be on eligible flights booked and ticketed on a Qantas flight number (QF) where status credits are usually earned. Bonus Status Credit earn and Status Credits earned not via way of an eligible flight will not contribute towards required accelerator total to redeem this offer. Status Credits will be awarded within 6 weeks from departure. Members who have already been activated on previous Qantas Status Fast Track offers in the last 6 months, are not eligible for the Qantas Business Rewards Gold Accelerator offer. Gold Accelerator is only available to members with an Australian or New Zealand residential address on their Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Qantas may revoke or vary this offer in its own discretion.
† You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions. Qantas Frequent Flyers will earn 250 Qantas Points per eligible flight booking where a Qantas Business Rewards Member's ABN and the traveller's Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number are quoted at the time of booking. An eligible booking must include a domestic or international flight with a Qantas 'QF' flight number on the ticket that is purchased in Australia; has a ticket number commencing with '081'; and is booked and travelled for business on or after the date the business registers for Qantas Business Rewards. Points will be credited to the Frequent Flyers account within 6 weeks from the date of travel. Points cannot be withdrawn from members' account once credited if the booking is changed or cancelled. No retrospective claims can be made for this offer.
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