’s Innovation Project Announces First Round of Innovator Expo Participants

Innovators Expo to showcase 40 of the hottest FinTech start-ups

PYMNTS Innovation Project 2013

BOSTON--(), the premier source of news and commentary on innovation in payments, has revealed the first round of 40 hand-selected exhibitors who will be demonstrating the latest in FinTech innovations from its inaugural event: The Innovation Project™.

Harvard University’s Science Center will serve as the ideal backdrop to reveal what start-ups such as Storeplacer, LendUp, OneID, WePay and Shopkeep are doing to change the course of payments and commerce while competing for the title of “Best in Show” and a cash grant from In fact, many of these companies will be debuting their products to top executives for the very first time. A complete list of announced exhibitors can be found here.

Dan Rosen, Founder and General Partner at Commerce Ventures and judge for the Innovator Awards, has stressed the importance for start-ups to network and forge partnerships with the senior executives who will be attending the event. “The Innovation Project is a unique, two day collective that unites payments and commerce startups with the partners, investors and regulators who may be critical to their long-term growth and success” says Rosen. “Entrepreneurs will have the chance to network with partners from financial institutions, merchant processors, payment networks and mobile operators. Industry executives can identify and connect with the game-changing startups that threaten to disrupt their market leadership or might lead them to explosive, new growth opportunities.”

In addition to joining luminaries including Warren Buffett, Al Gore, Eric Ries and Steve Levitt, Rushcard’s Russell Simmons and Rob Rosenblatt will select 12 of the 40 start-ups to pitch their business concept in-front of the Innovation Project’s audience of attendees and receive, in real time, feedback from two of the payments industry’s most decorated entrepreneurs.

For more information about The Innovation Project and for details on how to become an exhibitor, visit the website. The site is currently accepting requests for invitations and applications to exhibit.

About The Innovation Project
Over two days, and through five different modules, 100 of the industry’s most elite innovators will take the conversation about “what’s next in payments” to an entirely new level, and reshape the future of this multi-trillion dollar industry. This invitation only convening will gather the senior players from both established and emerging companies to lay the groundwork for working thru some of the industry’s toughest issues, acknowledging the contributions of those who are blazing new trials and hailing those who have changed – or will – the shape of this industry. The 2013 PYMNTS Innovation Awards is the most prestigious recognition in payments and includes a rigorous submission, selection and voting process. The deadline for submissions is January 31 and nominations are being solicited in 15 categories.

About is reinventing the way in which companies in payments share relevant information about the initiatives that shape the future of commerce and makes news. This powerful B2B platform is the #1 site for the payments industry by traffic and the premier source of information about “what’s next” in payments. C-suite and VP level executives turn to it daily for these insights, making the audience the most valuable in the industry. It provides an interactive platform for companies to demonstrate thought leadership, popularize products and, most importantly, capture the mindshare of global decision-makers. It’s where the best minds and best content meet on the web.

Joanna Freed, 617-374-1338

Joanna Freed, 617-374-1338