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New Zealand one of Asia Pacific’s Fastest Emerging Fintech Hubs

New Zealand is ranked 45th globally in the first Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 which identifies emerging hubs, fintech companies and trends of fintech ecosystems in more than 230 cities across 65 countries. Creating a positive business environment for fintech has helped Auckland reach 21st position in Asia Pacific.

Top of the Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 is the San Francisco Bay area, followed by London, New York and Singapore. The United States takes first position on the list for fintech countries followed by the United Kingdom and Singapore.

The Index algorithm incorporates data from our global partners including StartupBlink, Crunchbase, and SEMrush, together with a consortium of regional partners such as the New Zealand Financial Innovation and Technology Association (FintechNZ).

Simon Hardie, CEO and Founder of Findexable – the company behind the Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 – explained: “This is the inspiration of thousands of hours of interviews, surveys and internet searches – and the product of four months of algorithm development to create, for the very first time, a fully global ranking of fintech countries and cities

Fintech is the electricity of the global digital economy – making connections and finding the path of least resistance to make it easier and cheaper to transact. For more people, in more parts of the world, than was ever possible before. 

Keeping up with the pace of change, and keeping track of progress, however, is essential if fintech’s innate digital difference is to be successfully converted into real-world value.

For the purpose of the Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 algorithm, fintech is any business that applies a technologically enabled innovation specifically geared for the provision or distribution of financial services. The country and city rankings are calculated from a total score comprised of a combination of three metrics:

  • Quantity – Size of fintech ecosystem and supporting structures – number of fintechs, fintech hubs, co-working spaces, accelerators, global influencers and population (countries only)
  • Quality – Impact/performance – size and growth of fintechs (eg number of unicorns), investment, events, value generation, international collaboration, website ranking
  • Environment – ease of doing business, critical mass, regulatory environment – regulatory interventions to improve competitive environment, incentives for start-ups, internet censorship, payment portals, fintech courses.

Simon Hardie added: “The rankings are evidence of a worldwide de-coupling between the financial strength and the commercial domination of traditional financial centres. Financial wealth is no guarantee of a city’s status as a fintech hub. You might call this the rise of non-traditional finance.

“There are some common features of winning fintech hubs around the world. Fintech-friendly regulations incentivise entrepreneurship and encourage investment. A strong talent pool is also key to fintech success together with an ecosystem where people can connect easily.”

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