In The Hall of Fame ... for starting the ball rolling
Giles Andrews launched Zopa in 2004 with the idea of creating the ‘e-bay for money’. To date, the P2P pioneer’s total lending exceeds £1.3bn, with £530m lent in 2015 alone, double the total of 2014.
Zopa has received public acclaim as well, having been awarded CNET Technology Awards' 2006 Internet Innovation of the Year, the 2007 Webby Award for Best Banking/Bill-Paying Website, the 2008 Webby Award for Financial Services, the Banker 2007 Award for Best Internet Project and Moneywise 2009 Awards for Best Customer Service and Best Personal Loan.
Zopa is one of the three initial members of the UK's Peer-to-Peer Finance Association, together with FundingCircle and RateSetter.