Global SME Finance Awards

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards 2020 entry period is now closed.

Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2020 Virtual Edition.
Endorsed by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI),
the Global SME Finance Awards provide an opportunity for institutions to showcase and share their good practices and knowledge,
and for the wider SME finance community to learn from their examples.

Affiliated with
Best Bank for Women Entrepreneurs in partnership with
Best Bank for Women Entrepreneurs 2020 sponsored by We-Fi


Key Dates

Deadline for submission:
August 14, 2020
Winners Announced:
27 October 2020
Virtual Edition


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
  • Follow the process to address the criteria and complete your entry
  • Upload supporting documents (if any)
  • Submit application
  • You will receive a confirmation that your nomination has been received
  • Submit your entries by 23:59 EST August 14th, 2020

If your question has not been answered from the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please send your question to the awards organizers by clicking on the button below.

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?