TransferWise wins the FT Boldness in Business award in London

The Estonian-founded, London-based peer-to-peer currency transfer firm TransferWise has won the Financial Times ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award in “Smaller Company” category.

The annual Boldness in Business Awards are conducted by the Financial Times, one of the leading business newspapers in the world, in collaboration with ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel making company.

Winners are selected by a panel of experts who base their decision on a shortlist drawn up by the FT’s global network of bureau chiefs and senior journalists. Previous award winners have, for example, included the innovators at Apple, Twitter, Google and Groupon.


TransferWise was launched in London by Estonians Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann in 2011. It enables individuals and businesses to send money between countries for a fraction of the price that banks and others charge, using an internet-based, peer-to-peer, “crowdsourced” model. Read the EstonianWorld feature on how Hinrikus and Käärmann came to the idea of setting up their business.


Cover photo: TransferWise founders Taavet Hinrikus & Kristo Käärmann at their London office.

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About the author: Silver Tambur

Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at