- Briefing Room
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- Commerce 3.0
In a tight race that saw pivotal votes pour in until the very last minute, The Innovation Project™ Organizing Committee is proud to announce the winners of the "Best in Show" Award. Given to the top three startups who most impressed attendees during last week’s Innovator Expo, first place goes to Chicago-based money transfer upstart Pangea Payments, with second going to social banking startup Waspit, and third to mobile payment platform Leaf. Pangea will receive the grand prize, a $10,000 cash grant from PYMNTS.com, to continue to fuel the growth of their disruptive technology platform. Waspit will receive $7,500 and Leaf will receive $5,000.
"Showcasing our demo at the Innovation Project was a remarkable opportunity," said Rahier Rahman, CEO or Pangea Payments. "We appreciate the unprecedented access to major thought leaders and are humbled by the support we received for our vision. We look forward to continuing development and delivering a game changing product."
The Innovator Expo at The Innovation Project featured 40 of the industry’s hottest startups, many of whom demonstrated their disruptive FinTech for the very first time in front of a delegation of seasoned industry executives and influential venture capitalists. Votes were tabulated by leveraging short codes from StarStar, which allowed Innovation Project delegates to vote by simply making a phone call from their mobile device.
About The Innovation Project
Over 2 days, 100 speakers and 500 senior members of the payments industry changed the way that the payments and its broader commerce ecosystem thinks, talks, delivers and ignites innovation. On March 20th and 21st the greatest minds in commerce and payments assembled at Harvard University near Boston to kick the conversation about innovation up to an entirely different level at a program called The Innovation Project. Speakers and delegates were among the most senior executives and elite innovators from literally every established payments company worldwide, along with the CEOs of the most innovative start-ups in the space. One of its five modules included pairing industry CEOs with external thought leaders such as Al Gore (former US VP), Steve Levitt (Freakonomics), Eric Reis (The Lean Startup), Rosie Rios (US Treasurer), Russell Simmons (RushCard), Raj Date (CFPB), and Josh Lerner (Architecture of Innovation) to challenge the conventional wisdom around what it will take to get merchants and consumers to adopt new ways to shop and pay. The Innovation Project also hosted the industry’s 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards, given to 15 of the industry’s top innovators over dinner, which was emceed by B.J. Novak of The Office and introduced delegates to 40 of the hottest “next generation” payments innovators.
PYMNTS.com is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and make news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives read it daily for these insights, making the PYMNTS.com audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.
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