Sixteen Finovate and FinDEVr alums have been recognized by the PYMNTS Innovation Awards 2015. Three alums, MasterCard , Clover Network and OnDeck took home top honors in their categories, winning gold in “Best New Technology,” “Best POS Innovation,” and “Best Small Business Innovation,” respectively. The rest of the alum field earned silver and bronze in 13 additional categories, including LoopPay, which earned Silver for Best New Technology and a Bronze for “Most Innovative.”
More than 600 companies competed for the awards, with more than 10,000 votes tallied. Finalists were selected by an expert panel, and the top five companies in each category were submitted to the “PYMNTS community” for voting. In addition to the Innovation Awards, the event recognized Phil Tomlinson of TSYS (also a Finovate alum) and Michael Joseph of Safaricom, inducting both into the PYMNTS Hall of Fame. Two women, Carey Kolaja, VP of Global Consumer Products for PayPal and Perse Faily, CEO of Tillster, were also recognized at the event. Apple took home the Innovation Award’s Catalyst Award for what MPD CEO Karen Webster called during the award ceremony, “creating a roadmap for the industry” with its ApplePay innovation.
The full list of winning alums is below. For more information about the Innovation Awards 2015, including the full list of all finalists, visit their page here.
- First Data Featuring Clover Mobile
- MasterCard – Best New Technology
- OnDeck – Best Small Business Innovation
- Bluefin – Best POS Innovation
- CashStar – Best Prepaid Innovation
- LoopPay – Best New Technology
- Moven – Best Debit Innovation
- Payoneer – Best B2B Innovation
- Ripple – Most Disruptive
- Venmo – Best Cash Innovation