Follow these simple steps and you’ll produce a submission that our independent panel of judges will find clear, concise and memorable
Register: To enter the US FinTech Awards, you need to register for an account and pay the US$300 registration fee. This will enable you to access the submission form and enter as many categories as you like.
Pick your categories:There are lots of categories to choose from. Read the criteria carefully for each and decide which will give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. The criteria is in a Q&A format, so follow this closely to provide the independent judging panel with a clear, easy-to-follow submission and include all of the information requested. Rest assured, the process is entirely confidential.
Choose the form of your entry: Make sure every submission is unique for the category that you’re entering. We accept written submissions of between 250 and 1,000 words per category (please note that the overview criterion for each category—the first bullet point in each instance—does not count toward the overall written word limit. Instead, this carries a limit of 200 words on its own). Written submissions are at their best after several drafts, with input from everyone involved. Remember that your entry needs to stand out from the crowd, so keep it active, free of jargon, and don’t forget to proofread your words before entering. Alternatively, you can enter a video submission. You’ll have a maximum of three minutes to demonstrate why you, your team or business should win the particular category. Videos are easy to digest and revisit, and they allow the judges to put a face to an entry.
Submit online via the form: Entries can only be accepted via the submission form. Fill out all of the required information (there are mandatory fields for the person providing the submission as well as the subject of the submission. If you are putting an organisation forward for an award, eg, Company X for FinTech of the Year, mark the fields under the Nominee heading with an ‘N/A’ except for the Company name field) and make sure you choose the correct category from the list. Doing so reveals the correct category criteria and fields in which to paste your submission. The form must be filled out and submitted for every category. The form removes all formatting, so don’t worry about italics, bolding, underlining or hyperlinking, as these won’t make it through our system. Furthermore, no supporting documents and attachments are allowed, so don’t use the attach buttons for CVs, promo videos, PDFs and Word docs—these won’t make it through our system, either.
For written submissions, input your 250 to 1,000 words in the provided fields. For video entries, fill out the form except the criteria fields, and submit your video via WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a note in one of the criteria fields to indicate the time the video was sent and the email address it was sent from.
Attach your logo: If you make it to the shortlist, we’ll need a high resolution version of your logo for the ceremony and marketing campaigns. We accept the .JPEG, .PNG and .PDF formats, but prefer .EPS wherever possible. If you don’t have this, don’t worry.
Attach nominee’s photo: This is for the talent categories. Colour photos are preferred, wide, horizontal shots work well, and high resolution .JPEG is best.
Sit back and wait for news: That’s it, you’re done! Approximately two weeks following the entry deadline, our judging panel will convene to make their final decisions. We’ll then get in touch with every finalist to give them the good news.