Global SME Finance Awards

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.

The competition is closed. More than 100 applications were received and will be examined by the jury.

Institutions that successfully launched an innovative product or service for SME clients, achieved remarkable results in providing finance to SMEs, or is an innovator in digital financial services, were invited to submit nomination in these categories (each institution can be considered for up to two categories). Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.

GPFI has endorsed the Global SME Finance Awards.


Award Categories

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

Key Dates

Deadline for submission:
23 July 2018
Winners Announced:
6 November 2018
Madrid, Spain


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.

How to apply?

  • Fill out the form with details about company
    and main contact person for the Awards nomination
  • Select your category
  • Provide the project title and description (500 words)
  • Upload supporting documents (if any)
  • Submit application
  • You will then receive an email confirmation from
    GSMEFA 2018 team shortly after your nomination
    has been received
  • Submit your entries before 23 July 2018

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?