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04.26.17

Paybefore Reveals 2017 Pay Awards Winners

Paybefore today announces winners for the 2017 Pay Awards—the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the global prepaid and payments technology industry. Our expert panels—focusing on Prepaid, Retail & Loyalty and Payments Technology—have made their decisions. Now you can weigh in and help your favorites win the coveted Best-in-Category designation.

Last year, we received an overwhelming 116,454 online votes, which collectively swayed the final outcome in nine categories. The outcome of this year’s vote will be combined with the judging panel picks to determine Best-in-Category honorees. Industry Achievement winners and those named Best-in-Category will be featured in our second annual Pay Magazine – Awards Issue.

“As our industry changes, we remain committed to honoring innovation and excellence in payments across the globe,” says Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panels. “Among the big themes in this year’s competition were solutions tailored to specific B2B, health care and cross-border payment needs. We also saw a remarkable number of consumer-focused solutions with ingenious approaches to savings and incentives that are making a difference in people’s lives.

Special Thanks to Our Judges!

Thanks to our expert judges, including Craig JamesNeopay CEO and PIF chairman; Brad Fauss, president and CEO, NBPCA; Tim Spenny, senior vice president, GfK Research; Matt Davies, founder, Gift Card Network, and CEO, Powerhouse Brands; Kieran Hines, practice leader, financial services technology, Ovum; Rick Oglesby, president, AZ Payments Group; Jennifer Tescher, president and CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation; and Thea Garon, manager, CFSI.

The 2017 Industry Achievement Judges included an esteemed panel of past recipients, including Jeremy Kuiper, EVP, Head of Payment Solutions, The Bancorp; Stefan Happ, EVP and GM of Prepaid and Alternative Payments, American Express; and Judith Rinearson, Partner, K&L Gates. The Industry Achievement Winners will be announced with Best-in-Category winners the week of June 12.

“We’re proud to recognize the contributions of companies that are propelling the industry forward. We also are thrilled to see exciting new entrants alongside well-established companies that continue to innovate and solve problems for their customers and end users.”

Congratulations to all our winners! Tweet about this article or your favorites using #2017PayAwards.

And stay tuned to Pay News for more details about all of our winners.

See full 2017 Pay Awards Winners List below. Vote for your favorites here. 

2017 Pay Awards Winners

PREPAID

Best Incentive Program

Virtual Incentives MasterCard

  • Marqeta
  • Mastercard
  • Virtual Incentives

The Friends & Family Rewards Program

  • DCR Strategies Inc. | TruCash
  • Friends & Family Rewards

Prize Savings

  • Green Dot
  • Walmart
  • Commonwealth

Outstanding Pay Solution

Payroll Card Program

  • Global Cash Card
  • Kroger
  • Mastercard

Money Network Service for Walmart

  • Money Network, A First Data Company
  • Walmart

rapid! PayCard MasterCard

  • UniRush, a Green Dot Company
  • Mastercard

Best Benefits Delivery

MONI MIGRI

  • Global Processing Services

American Express Serve

  • American Express

CFMWS MasterCard Prepaid Card

  • DCR Strategies Inc. | TruCash
  • Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services

Health Care Payments Innovation

Ameriflex Living Wage Card Program

  • Ameriflex
  • Mastercard

WEX Health Cloud

  • WEX Health

Alegeus Platform

  • Alegeus
  • Mastercard

Consumer Champion

Walmart MoneyCard by Green Dot

  • Green Dot
  • Walmart

American Express Serve

  • American Express

ChimpChange Prepaid MasterCard

  • ChimpChange Mobile Banking
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

Best Design

JetPay Money Access Card

  • Cardplatforms
  • JetPay

AURAE Solid Gold MasterCard

  • AU CARD LLC
  • Global Processing Services

Nike Gift Card + Earbuds Pack

  • InComm
  • Nike

Best B2B Problem Solver

Cartimpronta Business Prepaid

  • Banca Popolare di Milano
  • Mastercard

Marqeta

  • Marqeta
  • Mastercard

Comdata Mastercard Corporate Prepaid Program

  • Comdata
  • Mastercard

Startup of the Year

Gift of College

  • Gift of College
  • InComm

ChimpChange

  • ChimpChange
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

Bento

  • Bento
  • Mastercard

Product of the Year

Gift of College Gift Card

  • Gift of College
  • InComm

Wirecard Samsung Pay Rewards Card

  • Wirecard North America
  • Samsung

Netspend Small Business Mastercard

  • Netspend
  • Mastercard

RETAIL & LOYALTY

Gift Card Innovation

ezGyft Virtual

  • Prepaid Card Solutions
  • Global Processing Services

Kount Complete

  • Kount

SmartGift

  • SmartGift, Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

Best M-POS Solution

iSMP4 Companion

  • Ingenico Group

Clover Mini

  • First Data

triPOS Mobile

  • Vantiv

Best Marketing Campaign

Money Network “Love Your Piggy Bank” Campaign for Walmart

  • Money Network, A First Data Company
  • Walmart

FanCard Faceoff

  • InComm

Driving Brand Awareness and Consumer Choice for Gift Card eCommerce

  • Blackhawk Network
  • The Fletcher Group

Outstanding Commerce Innovation

Premium Payback

  • FIS

Epipoli Omni-Channel Market Place

  • Epipoli

Universal Commerce Solutions

  • First Data

PAYMENTS TECHNOLOGY

Best Mobile App

Gyft

  • Gift Solutions
  • First Data

ChimpChange Mobile Banking

  • ChimpChange
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

Cardpool Mobile App

  • Cardpool

Most Innovative Technology

SimplyPaid

  • Green Dot Corp.
  • Mastercard

Papaya Payments

  • Papaya
  • Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

MyChoice Corporate – Remote Host Authentication

  • Wave Crest Holdings Limited

The Fraud Fighter

Simility

Payment Laundering Detection

  • G2 Web Services

SecurLOCK Communicate

  • FIS

Outstanding White-Label Platform

Alegeus Platform

  • Alegeus
  • Mastercard

Select Mobile Money

  • Digiliti Money
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

NovoPayment Platform as a Service

  • NovoPayment Inc.

Startup of the Year

Fit Pay

  • Fit Pay Inc.
  • Mastercard

Qwil PBC

  • Qwil PBC
  • Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

Urban FT

Change Agent of the Year

Wirecard Card Solutions

InstaMed

  • InstaMed
  • Mastercard

Walmart MoneyCard by Green Dot

  • Green Dot
  • Walmart

Judges’ Choice

Grameen America Disbursement Card

  • Wirecard North America
  • Grameen America

BitPay Visa

  • BitPay
  • FirstView Financial

ClassWallet

  • ClassWallet
  • Discover

Best International Program

CrossCard

  • PPRO

N Kolay Credit

  • Aktif Bank

InComm – Currys PC World Trade In Program

  • InComm Europe
  • Currys PC World

Click to vote for your favorites!

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