BOSTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PYMNTS.com, the leading source of content about what’s next in payments and commerce, has announced its list of finalists for the 2014 PYMNTS Innovators Awards. These awards recognize outstanding innovation in payments and commerce in 15 categories, including a new category which recognizes women credited with driving innovation in the sector. Judges, which include prominent players in the venture capital and private equity communities, reviewed over 600 submissions to narrow each category to five finalists. The PYMNTS.com community will decide the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in each category. Voting is online and opens today and runs thru February 27, 2014.
Judges this year included Janet Estep, NACHA, David Evans, Global Economics Group, Matt Harris, Bain Capital Ventures, Karl Mehta, Menlo Ventures, Hans Morris, General Atlantic, Paul Purcell, Continental Advisors, Dan Rosen, Commerce Ventures, Karen Webster, Market Platform Dynamics & PYMNTS.com and Matt Witheiler, Flybridge Capital Partners.
“The PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards is the premier event in the payments world, bringing together the fastest rising stars and highlighting the most revolutionary companies in the space,” says Matt Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners, and 2014 PYMNTS Innovator Awards Judge. 2014 marks the third year for this competition which has seen an exponential increase in participants as well as submissions, with a selection and voting process that is unmatched in intellectual rigor and competitive energy.
Winners will be announced the evening of March 20, 2014 during a live ceremony at the conclusion of The Innovation Project 2014, a two-day program that convenes the most elite innovators and executives in payments and commerce to discuss the issues that impact the rapidly changing payments and commerce ecosystem.
“It’s tremendously inspiring to review the submissions from across the payments and commerce ecosystem by those who are working tirelessly to add value to the ways in which value is exchanged between consumers, businesses and merchants,” remarks Karen Webster, CEO of Market Platform Dynamics and President of PYMNTS.com. “This year, it was particularly tough to narrow each of our fields to 5 finalists – there were so many worthy submissions.”
The Innovation Project 2014 will be held on March 19-20 at Annenberg Hall on the campus of Harvard University*. This year’s theme is: Rethink. Reset. Reinvent and will address a variety of topics including the reinvention of retail, commerce, the consumer experience, security, digital cash, global commerce.
To request an invitation, please visit theinnovationproject2014.com. To participate in the voting process, please click here or follow this link. http://theinnovationproject2014.com/2014-award-finalists/
Finalists by each category can be found on our addendum page attached.
About The Innovation Project
Over 2 days, 60+ speakers and 600+ senior members of the payments industry will change the way that the payments and its broader commerce ecosystem thinks, talks, delivers and ignites innovation. On March 19th & 20th the greatest minds in commerce and payments will assemble at Annenberg Hall in Memorial Hall on the Campus of Harvard University* near Boston to kick the conversation about innovation up to an entirely different level at The Innovation Project. Speakers and delegates are among the most senior executives from literally every established and emerging payments company worldwide.
PYMNTS.com is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and make news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives read it daily for these insights, making the PYMNTS.com audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.
*Please note that The Innovation Project and PYMNTS.com are not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project 2014 a Harvard University program or activity.
The 2014 PYMNTS Innovator Awards Finalists
|Best New Technology|
|OpenTable Mobile App|
|Apple Touch ID|
|Best Credit Innovation|
|Best Debit Innovation|
|Best PrePaid Innovation|
|Best Check Innovation|
|Best Cash Innovation|
|Best B2B Payments|
Best POS Transformation
|Best Small Business Innovation|
|Best Comeback Story|
|Best Innovation Via ACH|
|BIM (Buy It Mobility)|