A testament to the strength of Irish Fintech

Celebrating fintech innovation at the inaugural national fintech awards 2023

Best Payment Solution Award: Oli Cavanagh, chief executive, Strikepay, and Charles Dowd, co-founder and chief product officer, Strikepay, with Patricia Callan, director of Financial Services Ireland Group and head of sectors, Ibec. Pictures Maura Hickey

The inaugural National Fintech Awards in association with GRID Foundation were held at the Round Room in the Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday, 14th September.

Hosted by well-known fintech leader and founder of Fintech Ireland Peter Oakes, the awards were launched this year to celebrate the innovation and success of home grown Irish Fintechs.

Attended by over 300 guests, the awards recognised those who have been invested in building a better financial system in Ireland, across 15 categories. The awards provided a much-needed platform to highlight the very best in bank technology transformation, public policy, fintech advisory and game-changing financial technology. The evening concluded with three pinnacle awards for Fintech Pioneer of the Year, Fintech Company of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The awards were judged by a panel of industry experts including:

Lesley Tully, founder/chief executive, Penny FS

Brid O’Connell, chief executive, Guaranteed Irish

Charlie Taylor, Technology and Innovation editor, Business Post

Derek Foley Butler, chief executive of GRID Finance and chairman of the GRID Foundation

Michael Browne, senior development adviser, Financial Services, Enterprise Ireland

Patricia Callan, director of Financial Services Ireland (FSI) Group and head of sectors, IBEC

Sarah-Jane Larkin, director general, Irish Venture Capital Association

The event was organised by iQuest & Business Post and sponsored by William Fry, Taxback, Fidelity Investments and GRID Finance.

The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Colm Lyon, chief executive and founder, Fire. Colm, a seasoned expert with over three decades of experience in the financial services and technology sectors, has been a driving force in shaping the landscape of fintech in Ireland. As the founder and chief executive of Realex, and subsequently Fire Financial Services, his visionary approach and commitment to innovation have not only propelled his own businesses but have also played a crucial role in the broader fintech ecosystem in Ireland and abroad.

Chair of the GRID Foundation and of the Awards Derek Foley Butler noted: “The judging panel were delighted to recognise Colm, not just for achievement in Fintech but also for his contribution to policy, thought leadership and helping the next generation of founders and startups. His leadership truly deserved the recognition received last night by the Fintech Community.”

National Fintech Awards and Summit director Laura Dunlop was pleased with how the awards ceremony went. “The Business Post & iQuest are honoured to be facilitating an event that supports and acknowledges the achievements of innovators in the fintech sector and provides a platform for these incredible Irish leaders to celebrate their hard work and successes,” Dunlop said. “It is in this same vein that we will be holding the Fintech Summit in April 2024 to continue to drive the dialogue around growth, scale and investment for the Irish fintech sector.”

Winners announced on the night included:

Best Payment Solution Award


Best Digital Banking Solution Award


Best Insurance Technology Award


Regional Fintech Company of the Year


Fintech Investor of the Year – sponsored by Taxback

Middlegame Ventures

Best Wealth Management Solution Award

Nazaré Point

Best Crypto, Blockchain or Digital Asset Offering

Defactor Labs

Best Fintech Lending Solution Award sponsored by GRID Finance

Linked Finance

Fintech Diversity Champion of the Year

Mo Harvey, founder and chief executive, TRIBE Fintech

Fintech Professional Advisor of the Year

William Fry

Best Regtech Solution Award


Public Servant of the Year Award

Mai Santamaria – Department of Finance

Fintech Pioneer of the Year – sponsored by William Fry

Joe Morley – TrueLayer

Fintech Company of the Year – sponsored by Fidelity Investments


Outstanding Achievement Award

Colm Lyon, founder and chief executive, Fire