The fintech industry has been growing rapidly over the last several years with assistance of the cryptocurrency world. Banks and brokers are rolling out new tools, companies are launching their own cryptocurrencies, and media are focusing on new topics and formats.

We at iHodl.com have been covering finance and investments for six years now, which is why this year we decided to create our own award, called the “Investment Innovations Awards” (IIAwards).

As part of the IIAwards, we celebrate innovations in the fintech and crypto industry. Which brokers fulfil all the requirements of a modern investor? Which banks are suitable for the most advanced users? Which companies do everything to make the fintech world clear even for newbies? What media help the industry develop and how?

IIAwards will determine the leaders in 10 nominations:

The “Best Online Broker” provides clients with an extensive and versatile offering of investing tools and excellent order executions. The broker has to be persistently working towards perfecting its state-of-the-art trading technology across various devices. The technology has to be accessible from everywhere on the go.

Best Prime Broker Innovation

The “Best Prime Broker Innovation” award celebrates excellence in servicing professional investors and recognises brokers who position innovation at the core of their development strategy. The broker has to provide tailored, dedicated services and support, delivering seamless access to the global capital markets for private individuals and institutional partners.

“Best for Millennials” celebrates brokers who enable their clients to advance their trading efforts and make the leap from novice to professional trader. The broker offers an advanced trading platform and innovative account opening strategies to assist the onboarding process. These strategies may include dedicated support professionals, systemised tips, superior educational activities or technical integrations.

The “Best for Beginners” broker understands that financial markets can be intimidating at first. It’s key to have an online broker that realises beginners’ challenges and dedicates resources to address them. The broker has to put in significant effort to describe every technical aspect of the trading process and offer a convenient and intuitive interface to novice users. This broker unlocks competitive pricing plans and innovative account opening strategies.

Even with the growing number of reputed forex brokers that offer crypto, finding the right cryptocurrency broker to buy bitcoin can be a daunting task. The “Best for Crypto Trading” broker not only provides trading access to a wide range of cryptocurrencies, but also ensures transparency, reliability and efficiency, being at the forefront of digital security systems.

The “Next Generation Stock Exchange” builds on the principles of transparency, liquidity and efficiency. The exchange has to provide trading solutions suitable to long-term investors and tech-savvy short-term traders alike. Besides technological superiority, it has to offer well-rounded access to a vast variety of stocks.

With 200+ exchanges on the market, the “Best Crypto Exchange” has to combine superior functionality with transparency of traditional forex markets. In the face of growing competition, superior crypto exchanges have to shift towards institutional-grade enterprises, offering secure infrastructure and a wealth of investment options. The exchange has to be at the forefront of using crypto within the global payment system.

The ‘Crypto Enabler’ aims to shake off the investor skepticism against stablecoins and popularise the digital currency segment. By positioning compliance and transparency as its main aims, the company has to establish its crypto product as a standout option for investors around the globe.

As neobanks become increasingly popular with customers, existing players need to commit to innovation. The “Cutting Edge Bank” has to be at the forefront of customer-centric technological advancements. Using the latest tech and customer insights, the bank has to offer a highly personalised service.

Blockchain and crypto are the two hot topics in the world that are gaining constant traction. The candidate for “Crypto Community Enhancement” has to take the lead in news coverage, delivering authentic and novel insights into the entire cryptocurrency industry. The candidates website has to be accessible in different languages and allow anyone to follow the recent crypto developments.

Who might be interested in the IIAwards?

IIAwards is designed to help both investors and fintech companies, banks, brokers and the media. You can take part in the award or become an IIAwards partner. No matter what you choose, you will become a part of the movement dedicated to developing the world of fintech.

Investment Innovations Awards