Global SME Finance Awards

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients. Providing an opportunity for institutions to showcase and share their good practices, the Global SME Finance Awards are endorsed by the GPFI.

The winners of the inaugural Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on November 6th during the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.

Please check back beginning of 2019 for more details on the Global SME Finance Awards 2019 and how to submit your application.


Product Innovation of the year

Responsible digital innovator of the year

Sme bank of the year





Honorable Mentions

Product Innovation of the Year

  • Jaza Duka
  • Vayana Network
  • JUMO
  • Mynd Solutions
  • Nova Credit Limited
  • Capital Float
  • GroFin
  • Diamond Bank Plc
  • Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Limited
  • Fin2B
  • Qatar Development Bank

Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year

  • 4G Capital
  • LenddoEFL
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Kaleidofin
  • Beijing Jingdong Financial Technology Holding Co., Ltd
  • M1xchange
  • Cyber Productivity SA

SME Bank of the Year – Asia

  • Nations Trust Bank
  • Eastern Bank Limited
  • BRAC Bank Limited

Award Categories

Product Innovation
of the Year
SME Bank
of the Year
Digital Innovator
of the Year


1. Nomination is open to all banks, financial institutions and fintech companies.

2. Each institution can nominate up to two categories.

3. Each nomination form is valid for 1 entry only. If you are nominating for two categories, please enter each entry separately.

4. Nomination is free of charge.

Judging criteria

Awards will be judged by a committee of industry experts. Judging criteria is specific to each category and may include the following areas:
What is the number of MSMEs served/financed and volume of financing provided/loan outstanding to the MSMEs both directly and indirectly?
Uniqueness & Innovation
Has the project introduced new or cutting-edge innovation? How original is the idea compared to solutions that are currently in use?
Effectiveness & Impact
Did the project/product/service achieve its objectives and targets? What measures have been used to assess its success? What was the impact to your company and industry?
Dynamism & Scalability
Is the strategy, project, service or product flexible to changes and progressive opportunities?