BOSTON--(PYMNTS.com, the leading platform for news and content related to “what’s next” in payments innovation, released its list of winners for the 2013 PYMNTS Innovator Awards. Winners were chosen across sixteen categories by a panel of judges with deep and practical expertise in payments and payments innovation. The top finalists in each category were given an award at the PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards Dinner held this year on March 21, 2013 at Annenberg Hall on the Harvard University Campus as part of The Innovation Project. B.J. Novak, writer, actor and producer of the award-winning comedy series, The Office, served as the Awards Dinner emcee. The Innovation Project 2013 was hosted by PYMNTS.com, the leading platform for news and content on “what’s next” in payments innovation and is dedicated to changing the way that the payments industry, thinks, creates and ignites innovation.)--
The winners are:
|Best Technology||MoCa||First Data/Cardspring||OneID|
|Best Credit||Credit Karma||Billfloat||Lending Club|
|Best Debit||Green Dot||Walmart/Amex||Simple|
|Best Prepaid||Western Union||Seamless||Pangea|
|Best B2B Innovation||Kabbage||Silicon Valley Bank/Mineral Tree||Bottomline Technologies|
|Best POS Transformation||Groupon||LightSpeed||GoPago|
|Best SMB Innovation||Intuit||PaySimple||BillingOrchard|
|Best Comeback||Bluesnap||Capital Access Network||Rapid|
|Best Merchant Innovation||Starbucks||Dunkin' Donuts||Home Depot|
|Best Innovation Via ACH||Bill.com||BIM (Buy It Mobile Network)||n/a|
The 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Award Program Judges include: David Evans, author of Paying with Plastic and Founder of Market Platform Dynamics; Hans Morris, Managing Director, General Atlantic; Dan Rosen, Managing Partner, Commerce Ventures; Karen Webster, CEO Market Platform Dynamics and President of PYMNTS.com, and Matt Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Partners.
About The Innovation Project
Over 2 days, 100 speakers and 500 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 20th and 21st the greatest minds in commerce and payments will assemble at Harvard University near Boston to kick the conversation about innovation up to an entirely different level at a program called The Innovation Project. Speakers and delegates are among the most senior executives and elite innovators from literally every established payments company worldwide, along with the CEOs of the most innovative start-ups in the space. One of its five modules includes pairing industry CEOs with external thought leaders such as Al Gore (former US VP), Steve Levitt (Freakonomics), Eric Reis (The Lean Startup), Rosie Rios (US Treasurer), Russell Simmons (RushCard), Raj Date (CFPB), and Josh Lerner (Architecture of Innovation) to challenge the conventional wisdom around what it will take to get merchants and consumers to adopt new ways to shop and pay. The Innovation Project also hosts the industry’s 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards, given to 15 of the industry’s top innovators over dinner, which this year will be emceed by B.J. Novak of The Office and will introduce delegates to 40 of the hottest “next generation” payments innovators.
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, 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.