2014 INNOVATOR AWARDS
The 2014 Innovator Awards was held on Thursday, March 20, 2014 as part of the 2014 Innovation Project™ event during the closing gala dinner at Annenberg Hall on the Harvard University* campus.
Viewed as the most prestigious recognition awards in the payments industry, the PYMNTS Innovator Awards has seen an exponential increase in participants and sponsors, and boasts a submission, selection and voting process that is unmatched in intellectual rigor and competitive energy.
And if the surge of 2013 submissions is any indicator of the buzz surrounding the upcoming 2014 PYMNTS.com℠ Innovator Awards, this year’s awards were set to be historic. In 2013, our judges fielded over 500 submissions, up nearly five times the amount received in 2012, with an overwhelming number of nominations from an eclectic mix of established industry players and up-and-coming innovators.
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
— Matthew Witheiler, Principal, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Innovator Awards Judge
2014 Innovator Awards Judges
New Awards for 2014
Women Driving Innovation In Payments
W.net proudly supports this award.
Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (W.net) connects and empowers women in payments to maximize their individual potential and position themselves for greater personal success. W.net’s vision is to drive parity for women in payments. www.wnetonline.org
2014 INNOVATOR AWARD WINNERS
Winners were chosen across 16 categories by a panel of judges with deep and practical expertise in payments and innovation. The top finalists in each category were given an award at the PYMNTS.com℠ Innovator Awards Dinner on March 20, 2014 at Annenberg Hall on the Harvard University* campus as part of The Innovation Project™ 2014 event.
Most Innovative Company
Best Check Innovation
American Express Bluebird
Best Innovation via ACH
Best Prepaid Innovation
Best Debit Innovation
Best Credit Innovation
Best B2B Innovation
Best Cash Innovation
Best Small Business Innovation
Best POS Innovation
Most Invisible Company
Best New Technology
Best Comeback Story
Most Disruptive Innovation
Women Driving Innovation in Payments
President and CEO of WEX
PYMNTS Catalyst Award
2014 HALL OF FAME
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented this year to the family of Frank McNamara, the founder of Diner’s Club. There were also three inductions to the Payments Hall of Fame™: Arthur Hahn, inventor of the Magnetic Stripe; Robert W. Selander, president and CEO of MasterCard from 1997 to 2010; and George Wallner, co-founder of Loop and the investor of the modern POS terminal.