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MPE 2022 / July 5-7 2022, Berlin
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The MPE 2022 AWARDS CEREMONY will be a part of the 15th annual MPE 2022 (Merchant Payments Ecosystem) conference, new date: July 5-7.

MPE 2022 Awards important dates:

- End of submissions: May 13,
- Judges Voting May 16 - May 29,
- Finalists announced: June 2
- MPE Awards Ceremony: July 6, MPE 2022, at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin

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Foreword by Ms.Neira Jones

Chair of the judging panel, independent advisor & international speaker


As the MPE 2022 Awards Chair, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the prestigious Merchant Payment Ecosystem Awards for the 15th Annual Conference for the Payments Industry, organised by the Empiria Group.

Last year, the awards were fully virtual, and the last in-person event was in 2020. This makes it even more special for me be able to say that I look forward to welcoming you all in person in Berlin! I know we’ve all missed it and Berlin is really the home of MPE.

As always, we remain committed to our “Guiding Hand” theme, and after a difficult couple of years, it is fitting that the underlying meaning for our theme this year is “Growing Faster” and our popular statuette will reflect this.

Judge's Choice Awards

- featuring 11 Categories

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

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 ber determined by MPE audience.

MPE Awards 2022 - Online voting

CATEGORY: Influencer of the Year

... and the winner is

Candice Pressinger, Director of Customer Data Security and Fraud @ Elavon Merchant Services

MPE Awards 2022 - Shortlisted

Category sponsored by:

Webshield logo

This award will go to the merchant acquirer who has demonstrated success in their merchant relationships through the provision of excellent products and services. Size doesn't matter. Geography doesn't matter. This category is open to all acquirers who strive to be best of breed.

Shortlisted parties logo
Finaro logo
Fiserv logo

Category sponsored by:

FreedomPay logo

This award will go to the provider who launched an innovative solution in the last 18 months that can demonstrate tangible benefits to merchants regarding fraud prevention, identity, or authentication (e.g., support of SCA migration). The entry must include quantifiable data to show the product's impact on its clients through use of technology (e.g., analytics, AI, biometrics, etc.). The data analytics must be relevant to the fraud area.

Shortlisted parties

ACI Worldwide
ACI Worldwide logo
Elavon Merchant Services
Elavon Merchant Services logo
FIS logo

This Award goes to the company that uses Data Analytics or AI to support merchants in any way that is NOT involved in Fraud prevention. To stress, this is not about Fraud Prevention using AI/Data analytics but covers areas such as loyalty, customer engagement, customer & merchant support/service, etc. Either technology, platform, or merchants may enter the award.

Shortlisted parties

Elavon Merchant Services
Elavon Merchant Services logo
GoCardless logo
PAIR Finance
PAIR Finance logo

This award is for a payments provider that supports cross-border e-commerce expansion (globally or in multiple high-growth markets) at scale while optimizing authorization rates and reducing fraud.

Shortlisted parties

dLocal logo
PayU logo
Thunes logo

This award will go to the organization that has developed the most innovative in-store payment acceptance solution that provides value and differentiation for merchants and a great payments experience for customers. 

Shortlisted parties

ACI Worldwide
ACI Worldwide logo
Global Payments
Global Payments logo
Vibrant logo

This award is open to PSPs, ISOs, Facilitators, Aggregators, Payments Orchestrators, PAAS Providers & Acquirers and will go to the provider who can demonstrate real benefits to merchants either in terms of omnichannel or multi-rail payment acceptance service provision facilitation, open banking, payment orchestration, embedded finance, innovative commercial constructs, or other demonstrable and quantifiable merchant benefits (fraud reduction/chargebacks).

Shortlisted parties

BridgerPay logo logo
Computop logo

Category sponsored by:

BR-DGE logo

This category awards two organizations 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

Paratika Payment Systems
Paratika Payment Systems logo
Trust Payments
Trust Payments logo

This award will go the organization offering the best, most comprehensive, most useful platform or marketplace supporting merchants or other players in the merchant payments ecosystem such as banks, PSP, service providers, consumers with solutions in any area of the ecosystem. 

Shortlisted parties

Parkopedia logo
Safal Fasal by BPC
Safal Fasal by BPC logo
Tietoevry logo

This award will go the organization offering an exceptionally flexible, functional, and innovative CRYPTO/BLOCKCHAIN-based solution for payments or other uses in the merchant payments ecosystem.

Shortlisted parties

Orbital logo
Worldline logo

It is awarded to the company that best uses open banking data or a payment initiation solution that drives end-user payments to or from merchants. Includes enabling loans at the point of sale and all account-to-account payments.

Shortlisted parties

Bridge logo
Token logo
Trustly logo

Category sponsored by:

AIB Merchant Services logo

This category is awarded by the chairman and co-chairman and its theme is different every year. For 2022, the Chairman Award will go to the organization which, on its own or in partnership with others, has delivered the best merchant initiative in support of the 3rd sector.

Shortlisted parties

Ceskoslovenska obchodna banka (CSOB)
Ceskoslovenska obchodna banka (CSOB) logo
Global Payments
Global Payments logo
Pennies, the fintech charity
Pennies, the fintech charity logo


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 MPE 2022 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 May 13, 2022.

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 May 13, 2022. 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 went the more challenging way of finding highly skilled and reputable artists to create unique Guiding Hand statuettes, using valuable materials with designs changed from year to year, reflecting the current trends and important happenings in the payment industry.

In 2014 we started our cooperation with renowned Croatian artist Gordana Turuk. Gordana creates all her masterpieces by skillfully mixing organic glass and precious metals.

She continues to design the MPE statuette also for 2022...

MPE 2022 Awards Judges

Neira Jones
(MPE 2022 Awards Chair) Independent Advisor & International Speaker| Payments | Fintech| Cybersecurity | Fraud
Roger Alexander
Expert (MPE 2022 Awards Co-Chair), VALITOR hf
Gary Munro
Alex Rolfe
Managing Director, Payments Cards and Mobile Magazine
David Parker
CEO, Polymath Consulting
Melisande Mual
MD, The Paypers
Volker Schlönvoigt
Director, Edgar, Dunn & Company
Andrea Toucinho
Director of Studies, Prospective and Training, PARTELYA CONSULTING
Mark McMurtrie
Director, Payments Consultancy Ltd
Claire Maslen
Chief Marketing Officer, Consult Hyperion
Janusz Diemko
Payments Consultant, Angel Investor and Mentor
Emilia D' Anzica
Founder, Customer Success Consulting, Growth Molecules
Yvonne Eskenzi
Owner, Eskenzi PR
Stanley Skoglund
Co-Founder & Director, Minerva
Dorota Zimnoch
Global Industry Strategist, Microsoft

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