Merchant Payments Ecosystem - Awards

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The MPE 2021 AWARDS VIRTUAL CEREMONY is a part of the 14th annual MPE 2021 (Merchant Payments Ecosystem) VIRTUAL conference, February 22-25.

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Foreword by Ms.Neira Jones


As the new awards chair, it gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to the prestigious Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards for the 14th Annual Conference for the Payments Industry, organised by the Empiria Group. In these strange times, I will obviously not be welcoming you in Berlin, but virtually. As we remain committed to our “Guiding Hand” theme, it is therefore fitting that the underlying meaning for our theme this year will be “Resilience through Innovation”, and our popular statuette will reflect this.

As we all know, from merchant payments to multi-channel retailing, from customer experience, to mobile innovation and new business models, from loyalty, to data analytics and technology disruption, not forgetting regulations, and of course Open Banking and real-time payments, MPE has something for everyone. The current crisis has shown how payments acceptance businesses can demonstrate resilience and cooperation in the face of adversity.

The MPE Awards remain an important benchmark of global excellence in merchant payments, and I wish the best of luck to all entrants! This year, the awards ceremony will be a virtual one taking place on 24th February 2021, and I look forward to welcoming you then.

Judge's Choice Awards

- featuring 12 Categories
Winners of the Judge’s Choice Award will be selected by the panel of independent expert judges.

  • Best Use of Open Banking in Merchant Payments Ecosystem Award
  • Best Merchant Acquirer / Merchant Processor Award
  • Best Use of Data Analytics / AI for Fraud Prevention / Security Award
  • Best PAAS (Payment as a Service) Provider Award
  • Best Alternative Payment Award
  • Best Payments Partnership Award
  • Best POS / Payment Solution Award
  • Best PSP / ISO / Facilitator / Aggregator (Thirdy Party Provider) Award
  • Best Merchant Payments Initiative of the Year Award
  • Best Omni-Channel or Multi-Rail Payment Solution Award
  • Best Identity / Authentication Solution Award
  • Chairman’s Award - Best Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic

People’s Choice Award

- featuring 2 Categories

MPE Influencer of the Year

The winner will be determined via public online voting.

Best Start-Up Innovation Award
Winner will be determined by MPE audience. Please find more information about Innovation Corner Competition & entry submission process below.

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MPE Awards - are The Only European Awards recognizing TOP merchant payments acceptance companies and their achievements.

With a category for each player of the merchant payment ecosystem, the Awards are all-inclusive. No other European awards program provides such industry-wide recognition in true reflection of the breadth and strength of our industry.

MPE Award winners will be able to promote their accomplishment all year long.

All winners will be given a 2021 MPE Awards logo and jury testimonials to be used in their PR & marketing activities in addition to special coverage from Merchant Payments Ecosystem Awards & conference. Winners will record personal acceptance video that will be uploaded on MPE Awards website and MPE TV YouTube channel and further promoted through MPE channels.
You can enter the contest until January 31, 2021.

Important note: Contestants enrolling for the Innovation Corner at MPE, aspiring to win the „MPE Innovator of the Year“ award, should submit their entries also until January 29, 2021. Also, their submission process and overall management differs from the rest of the award categories. Please refer to the MPE Innovation Corner section to see the steps and eligibility to enter.
Any company qualifying as part of the payment acceptance value chain worldwide.
Anybody working as part of a team or department responsible for a particular solution/service (one to become a subject of the entry), a marketing, communication or PR specialist whom has been appointed this task or who is generally responsible for awards submissions.
The sole process of sending the application is done via an online form and is thoroughly described in the next section as well as the steps you need to do before you actually submit anything.
You can enter maximum of three categories.
Yes, you can enter the same category/categories with the same or different product/service. You can also enter category/categories you have not attended before with a product/service you have previously used. However, if you previously won any of the categories, please also refer to the next point.
Definitely, the only condition here is that you cannot enter neither the same nor the rest of the categories with the same product/service you won with previously. However, you can enter the same category you won previously with a different product/service.
MPE Awards is very prestigious and unique in its concept. Therefore, you should carefully consider your choice. The awards ceremony traditionally takes place on the second night of the three day conference. Since the conference itself is attended by senior representatives, there is a pretty good chance you already have the right person on spot. As winning parties are notified several days prior to the ceremony, you will have enough time to appoint the proper member of your crew to pick up your prize. If you won the „Acquiring Personality of the Year“ category, well, it is your call to take what is yours :-)
Recognition and prestige. You being the winner, it is our commitment to make sure your name is spelled in the organizer.
The major card and payments acceptance media after the conference. A separate PR campaign utilizing the world-class media distribution companies follows your success hand-in-hand with social media coverage performed by us.
The MPE Awards do not reward its winners with laser-engraved glass or „wannabe Oscars“. Instead, MPE went the harder way of finding highly skilled artists and recognised artists whose task is to create unique Guiding Hand statuettes, using valuable materials with design changed from year to year, reflecting the current trends and important happenings in the payment industry.

From 2014 a Croatian artist Gordana Turuk created her new organic glass and gold plated statuette to please the eye of the winners.

She continues to design the MPE statuette also for 2021...

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