Merchant Payments Ecosystem - Awards

MPE 2019, FEB 19-21 in BERLIN


Welcome to the MPE 2019 Awards

The only European Awards recognizing top European merchant payments acceptance companies and their achievements.

The Merchant Payments Ecosystem Awards (MPE Awards) celebrate and honour the achievements of companies across European merchant payments ecosystem. MPE Awards history started in 2010 as the first European awards to recognize the outstanding role of card acquirers, processors, PSP’s, POS and payment solution providers and to honor companies and individuals who helped move the industry forward.

The MPE 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY is a part of the 12th annual MPE 2019 (Merchant Payments Ecosystem) conference and exhibition and the winners will be announced in the glittering AWARDS Gala Dinner attended by 1000+ MPE conference participants on February 20.

For 2019, the categories have been fully updated to reflect the areas that matter most to payment acceptance in today’s market.

There is a brand new category for MERCHANTS entering the Awards recognising "Best Merchant payment implementation/process".

MPE Awards 2019 recognize the best payment companies in 12 categories, divided into 2 groups with different voting/judging process:

The Judge’s Choice Award featuring 11 Categories. All shortlisted parties (3 in each category) and winners will be selected by the panel of independent expert judges.
The People’s Choice Award featuring 1 Category (MPE Influencer of the Year), selected in NEW voting process. The winner will be determined via public online voting.

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Judge's Choice Awards

- featuring 11 Categories
Winners of the Judge’s Choice Award will be selected by the panel of independent expert judges.


  • Best Acquirer / Processor of the Year Award
  • Best PSP Award
  • Best Start-up Innovation Award


  • Best On-Boarding Process/Solution Award
  • Best ID, SECURITY & ANTI-FRAUD Solution Award
  • Best POS Innovation/POS software Payment Applications Award
  • Best Alternative Payment Solution Award
  • Best International/Cross Border Payment Solution Award
  • Best Merchant Payments Partnership Award
  • Best Data Analytics & Science Award
  • Best Merchant Payment Implementation/Process Award

People’s Choice Award

- featuring 1 Category (MPE Influencer of the Year)
The winner will be determined via public online voting.

MPE Awards 2019 Judges

Mark McMurtrie, Director, Payments Consultancy Ltd

Mark McMurtrie

Director, Payments Consultancy Ltd

Pascal Dufour, Managing Director, RubiCard

Pascal Dufour

Managing Director, RubiCard

Leon Dhaene, Chairman, N2FINANCE

Leon Dhaene

Chairman, N2FINANCE

Roger Alexander, NED, Valitor

Roger Alexander

NED, Valitor

Alex Rolfe, MD, Payments Cards and Mobile

Alex Rolfe

MD, Payments Cards and Mobile

David Parker, CEO, Polymath Consulting

David Parker

CEO, Polymath Consulting

Melisande Mual, MD, The Paypers

Melisande Mual

MD, The Paypers

Diderik Schonheyder, Consultant, Schonheyder & Associates

Diderik Schonheyder

Consultant, Schonheyder & Associates

Volker Schlönvoigt, Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company

Volker Schlönvoigt

Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company

Janusz Diemko, CEO, Polski ePlatnosci

Janusz Diemko

CEO, Polski ePlatnosci


You can enter the contest until January 31, 2019.

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 February 3, 2019. 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.
We do not hand out laser-engraved glass or „wannabe Oscars“. Instead, we have chosen to engage a highly skilled artists to create a unique statuette just for the purpose of these awards.

Three times in a row, Sofie Muller, an internationally recognized Belgian sculptor, shaped and casted a series of ten „Guiding Hand“ statuettes, one for each of the award categories ranging from 2010 – 2012. Each such piece, beside the symbolic value for the winning company or individual, represents also an individual piece of art of true collector value. Moreover, the statuettes‘ artistic value rises as soon as they are in the company of other „Guiding Hands“ from previous/future series. Therefore, winners possessing not one several but several of these valuable pieces (individual artists may change over the years to come) should really keep their cabinet locked well ;) Sofie‘s work as the creator of the MPE Awards statuettes ended with the making of the third statuette in 2012.

A new artist, Slovak sculptor Peter Krupa, has accepted the challenge to materialize his „Guiding Hand“ idea for the year 2013, bringing metal to the forefront of the design.

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

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