What Do CardFree, LendUp, PayPerks And SelfPay Have In Common? Innovation Project Success

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10:51 AM EST November 14th, 2013

By PYMNTS Editorial (@pymnts)
The Innovation Project 2014 is shaping up to yet again be the preeminent event in the mobile commerce and payments space.

Today, we are launching our annual campaign to scour the payments and mobile commerce industry to seek out 50 leading startups for our 2014 Innovator Expo showcase. To launch 2014 in style, we caught up with a few of our 2013 startup participants to get the scoop on just how much can happen in one short year – including the latest on their funding efforts, how their businesses have evolved because of the event and what our new crop of Innovators can expect.


“We’ve been busy getting our first customer deployments underway. Since the Innovation Project, we’ve announced getting two top 50 QSRs on board, one of which is using our platform to launch an all-digital CRM and Stored Value solution. We’re also working with a top-10 QSR we’ll be announcing soon as well…”

Diane Hong,
Founding Member & CMO


“We celebrated an exciting milestone, in April, when we launched PayPerks on the DirectExpress program in partnership with the US Treasury, Comerica Bank and MasterCard. Since then, we’ve added nearly 150K users to the platform who, in aggregate, have completed nearly 1M product tutorials and educational modules…”

Arlyn Davich
Founder & CEO,


“Have your A game ready and get set to meet with senior thought leaders and decision makers [at the event]. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to network with companies large and small – you never know where the next big thing is coming…”

Wendy MacKinnon Keith,
CEO & Founder


This week, PYMNTS reported that LendUp secured $14 million in financing to help bring its solution to consumers nationwide. Listen to LendUp’s, Founder & CEO, Sasha Orloff’s exclusive podcast with PYMNTS.com here.



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Are you ready to become a 2014 success story?

Submit your application to be one of only 50 startups showcased at The 2014 Innovation Project on March 19-20, 2014, and compete for cash grants and bragging rights with our Innovator Expo winner selected by our audience – over 600+ senior payments executives in attendance at the event.

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