Merchant Payments Ecosystem - Awards

MPE 2021 / 22-25 Feb 2021 / 520€ + VAT

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RECOGNISING & REWARDING EXPERTISE & INNOVATION IN MERCHANT PAYMENTS ECOSYSTEM!

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

CHAIR OF THE JUDGING PANEL, INDEPENDENT ADVISOR & INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER

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

The nominations are now CLOSED.

Thank you to those who participated! We are counting up the scores.

People’s Choice Award

- featuring 2 Categories

MPE Influencer of the Year

The winner will be determined via public online voting.

The nominations are now CLOSED.

Thank you to those who participated! Scroll down to choose your favorite.

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 2021 Winner - Public vote

CATEGORY: Influencer of the Year

“MPE Influencer of the Year” Award will go to the most influential payment provider for the significant contribution to the growth and development of the merchant payments industry during the last year.

... and the winner is

Adam Sharpe, CEO, Cardstream

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MPE Awards 2021 - Shortlisted & Winners

This award will go to the company who uses open banking data, or as part of a card of payment initiation solution that drives end user payments to merchants.

Shortlisted parties

ANNA Money
Nuapay, a Sentenial company
İnnova Bilişim Çözümleri

... and the winner is

This award will go to the year’s oustanding merchant acquirer or merchant processor who has delivered an outstanding service to merchants located in a single or multiple countries.

Shortlisted parties

Credorax
Sberbank
PXP Financial

... and the winner is

This award will go to a solution showing the best use data analytics/ AI for fraud prevention or security applicable to the merchant payments ecosystem. This category is not open to ID/ Authentication solutions (another category is provided for this).

Shortlisted parties

Fraugster
Nethone
Accertify

... and the winner is

This award will go to the PaaS (Payments as a Service) provider offering the best payment services and/or best IT platform solutions to banks, acquirers, PSPs and merchants. A PaaS must be able to provide these crucial characteristics: Open APIs, Data Security, Core Integration, Consent Management, Anomaly Detection, 3rd Party Onboarding, Regulatory Reporting 3rd Party Lifecycle Management, Strong Customer Authentication, Developer Portal.

Shortlisted parties

PPRO
Limonetik
Payoneer

... and the winner is

This will be awarded to two organisations who have formed a business partnership and by working closely together have delivered outstanding value that goes far beyond a customer-supplier relationship.

Shortlisted parties

ING and Ahold Delhaize
Game Payment Technology
Square

... and the winner is

The award will celebrate the most innovative alternative payment method considering efficiency, security and creativity in a more and more competitive market.

Shortlisted parties

MobilePay
Currence iDEAL
Sberbank

... and the winner is

This award will go the organisation that has developed a solution that provides real value and differentiation at the Point of Sale.

Shortlisted parties

Verifone
Sberbank
Izicap

... and the winner is

This award will go to the year’s outstanding payment transaction service provider who provides the best overall service to its merchants.

Shortlisted parties

Limonetik
Judopay
dLocal

... and the winner is

This award will go to the best merchant payment initiative of the year. It can be won either by a merchant who developed the solution or by a provider of a payment service to a single or portfolio of merchants.

Shortlisted parties

PAIR Finance
Amadeus
ACI Worldwide

... and the winner is

This award will go to the best omni-channel payment solution that runs on either card, bank or multiple payment rails.

Shortlisted parties

FEITIAN Technologies
MobilePay
Paysafe

... and the winner is

This award will go to the provider of the best ID/ Authentication solution applicable to the merchant payments ecosystem. All evidence provided to the judges will be treated confidentially.

Shortlisted parties

PXP Financial
ID-Pal
Accertify

... and the winner is

This award will go to the winner of the Innovation Corner competition for the most innovative start-up company in Merchant Payments Ecosystem.

Shortlisted parties

BR-DGE
Game Payment Technology
Papara
Safal Fasal
Trstpays

... and the winner is

Open to merchants only, this brand new category is awarded by the chairman and co-chairman and its theme will be different every year. For 2021, the Chairman’s Award will go to the merchant that has demonstrated the “Best Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic”.

Shortlisted parties

aktifbank
Safal Fasal
docDigitizer

... and the winner is

To be awarded to the individual (or team) who has provided a significant contribution to the development of the Merchant Payments Ecosystem either on a domestic or international basis.

... and the winner is

Adam Sharpe, CEO, Cardstream

F.A.Q.

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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