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See how a small Melbourne start-up managed to win at Europe’s biggest financial tech conference [VIDEO]


Aussie Bitcoin start-up CoinJar recently participated in Europe’s biggest, and arguably best, financial technology conference, Finovate.

At 20 years of age, co-founder Ryan Zhou (pictured right) was the youngest presenter there, and from the 251 financial technology companies that showcased their ideas to a crowd of 1,250 investors, CoinJar managed to scoop the Best in Show gong!

A pretty big deal for a little start-up from Melbourne you must agree…

“An opportunity like Finovate can be extremely valuable for companies, but only if you have a strong purpose and plan,” co-founder and CEO, Asher Tan (pictured left) told Anthill.

“Even though our product demo was only seven minutes, there was a lot of prior planning from our entire team from engineering to support.”

“We made the most of the event by having clear priorities and being focussed on the outcomes we wanted,” he stated. “Finovate is an international event with high-profile presenters and attendees, and we were ready to showcase our product suite globally.”

A year of remarkable achievements for CoinJar

It’s been a massive 12 months for CoinJar – their product release roadmap has set a blazing trail, launching Australia’s first Bitcoin debit card, CoinJar Swipe which means every store in Australia with an EFTPOS terminal can now accept the digital currency.

They also released new, beautifully designed web, iOS and Android apps that make Bitcoin banking accessible, and pioneered an account structure that removes the risk of Bitcoin’s notorious price volatility for everyday users, with Hedged Accounts.

On top of that, they also relocated their headquarters to the UK.

Check out the demo CoinJar presented at Finovate