2019 Innovation Award Winners

The annual Innovation Awards competition features outstanding innovations that help credit unions grow and prosper. An Innovation Award is the highest distinction offered to a NAFCU Services Preferred Partner.

Since their inception, the Innovation Awards have honored partners that consistently demonstrate their commitment to bringing new, unique, and valued products to the credit union market. An Innovation Award is the highest distinction offered to a NAFCU Services Preferred Partner.

The winners were chosen by a committee of judges who evaluated the solutions based on the degree of innovation and the impact on credit union success.

The 2019 award-winning solutions are:

LendKey for Student Lending Platform

This platform and credit decisioning API enable improved analytics to help more borrowers fund their student loans through partner lenders. As credit unions work to remain competitive in the digital banking realm, LendKey is providing quick, cost-efficient digital lending solutions for credit unions of all sizes. 

Mastercard for Mastercard Pay with Rewards

Mastercard’s new rewards option helps credit unions bolster card usage, driving spend and engagement by allowing cardholders to make purchases anywhere with rewards points. The card brand also rolled out new APIs in the Mastercard Developer Zone to open up client access to the solution and data. The program is a flexible, cost-effective method for executing point-of-sale reward programs with no impact on the processes or technology used by merchants or acquirers. Card issuers can configure program rules to guide behavior that optimizes their portfolio’s potential.

Q2 for Q2 Gro

Q2 Gro drives growth for credit unions across every channel of business by helping them create better experiences for members at each stage of their financial journey. It specializes in mobile-first member acquisition, including account opening in just four minutes, providing large-scale marketing tactics without corresponding resource consumption for smaller credit unions, serving business members, ID scanning for quick data extraction, and more. Q2 Gro activates new digital growth engines as consumers increasingly move toward digital and mobile channels.

"Every year, the applications for NAFCU Services Innovation Awards become even more impressive, and I know our judges have a hard time choosing just three winners. The field of game-changing solutions for credit unions is truly fascinating. Congratulations to our three winners for rising to the top!" -NAFCU Services President Randy Salser

Past Winners

  • The 2018 Innovation Award winners are Preferred Partners CUNA Mutual Group, Mastercard, and Worldpay.

    CUNA Mutual Group for AdvantEdge Analytics

    The AdvantEdge Analytics Performance and Management solution provides credit unions a comprehensive view of their own operations. AdvantEdge Analytics created over 100 credit-union specific views spanning the entire organization, and at every level, from CFO to the front- line representative. The solution brings visualization tools to help business people gain insights into member data. Its ever-expanding storehouse of visualizations enables business users from across the enterprise to have consistent and accurate views of the same data.With tools such as Microsoft Power BI™, business users in nearly every industry have become accustomed to applying powerful data visualizations for reporting and analytic purposes. While the applications themselves are readily available as a tool, our offering leverages our credit union expertise to create custom, functional visualizations that provide credit unions with advanced analytic capabilities. 

    Mastercard for Identity Check Mobile™

    Identity Check Mobile™ is an SDK solution that allows any digital app to become the hub of authentication for the platform - in this case for a financial institution. Identity Check Mobile™ authenticates users through the use of biometrics, including fingerprint, facial and voice recognition, in lieu of traditional passwords or PINs, to verify a cardholder's identity to simplify online shopping, banking activities or any action in a platform that requires further user authentication. Only Mastercard offers a unique off-the-shelf solution to become the authentication HUB of a financial institution, with advantages that help drive efficiency, security, and utility.

    Vantiv, now Worldpay for Motion Code

    Motion Code is a new credit and debit card offering from Worldpay that increases fraud protection for financial institutions and their members while increasing spending volume and boosting cross-border ecommerce. It has the same look and feel of an existing EMV card, but rather than a static 3- digital security code on the back of the card, it has an electronic mini screen that displays a code that is automatically refreshed every few hours as determined by the issuer. As a result, if stolen, the card information immediately loses any value to a fraudster. Key features of the product include: a no-glare, button-less design, contact/contactless enablement, same look and feel as an existing card, and no change to the user experience.

  • The 2017 Innovation Award winners are Preferred Partners Insuritas, DDJ Myers, Q2, Vantiv.

    DDJ Myers for the Transformative Change Model (TCM)

    DDJ Myers developed TCM to facilitate change with board members to strategically add the value required for a high-performing board. The changing board phenomena necessitated a new mindset that modeled the change credit union boards wanted.

    Q2 for Q2 SMART

    Q2 SMART is a behavior-driven recommendation engine. Real growth in an age of digital growth means better understanding and engagement with members to deliver the right products at the right time. Q2 SMART helps FI marketers target banner ads based on user behavior, and easily manage multiple customized promotional campaigns in online banking.

    Vantiv for OmniShield

    Card fraud in the U.S. is a $7.5 billion a year problem and is forecasted to reach $9 billion by 2020. Vantiv's OmniShield solution manages and mitigates card fraud. While the average U.S. debit card portfolio averages 12.53 basis points in gross fraud losses, credit unions protected by OmniShield average 7.34 basis points, a 41% reduction.

  • The 2016 Innovation Award winners are Preferred Partners Allied Solutions, BitSight, Daon, and Wolters Kluwer Financial Services.

    Allied Solutions for SmartVideo New Loan Onboarding & Insurance Verification

    Allied Solutions' SmartVideo New Loan Onboarding & Insurance Verification is now a standard part of Allied's CPI program. Released in May of 2015, this innovative program offers financial institutions a comprehensive and efficient solution for onboarding new loans and insurance verification. Loan growth is an essential part of a financial institution's ability to remain competitive. This solution provides credit unions with the ability to offer each borrower a personalized introduction and specific details about their new loan. Additionally, this digital technology is data-driven and provides the credit union with reporting analytics which helps them learn more about their members.  Allied Solutions is the only organization serving financial institutions with the SmartVideo solution.

    BitSight for Security Ratings Platform

    The BitSight Security Ratings Platform gathers terabytes of data on security outcomes from sensors deployed across the globe. From the data, BitSight sees indicators of compromise, infected machines, improper configuration, poor security hygiene and potentially harmful user behaviors. Credit Unions are using these ratings for managing third party vendor risk and benchmarking their cyber security performance to industry averages and peers. By implementing this solution to monitor the risk of vendors, credit unions can cost effectively monitor third party risks in a continuous, automated and effective manner.

    Daon for IdentityX® Platform

    IdentityX® Platform empowers individuals to securely establish their identity by capturing and fusing together a combination of authentication factors--- biometrics (fingerprint/voice/face etc.), hardware token possession (their mobile device), encryption, PIN entry, and location-based technology. Multi-factor fusion provides the greatest authentication fidelity available. The required combination of authentication methods is flexible and driven by risk-based policies determined by the credit union. IdentityX® helps to address the challenges arising from current authentication methods that are largely outdated, non-secure, and/or inconvenient to the user. Now instead of having to remember complicated usernames and passwords, credit union members can just take a selfie, speak a passphrase, or use their fingerprint.

    Wolters Kluwer Financial Services for CASH Suite™

    CASH Suite™ is a commercial lending software solution that helps credit unions and banks increase profits and grow top line revenue by achieving straight-through-processing across every step of the commercial loan lifecycle.  CASH Suite™ provides lending professionals access to nine integrated financial analysis and credit risk management modules. The modules help reduce the complexity of evaluating commercial loan applications by streamlining tasks, including business development, financial analysis, risk management and pricing, credit communications and approvals, covenant compliance tracking, portfolio management, stress testing and in depth reporting. By providing an integrated solution, CASH Suite™ simplifies the task of managing disparate business processes, helping commercial lenders achieve their broader business goals, while reducing operational risk and enhancing long-term profitability.

  • The 2015 Innovation Award winners are Preferred Partners Insuritas, MasterCard, and Q2.

    Insuritas for EasySTREET

    EasySTREET is the first technology solution of its kind. It extracts data from a credit union’s core, its loan origination system, any credit union CRM or CIF platforms, and supplemental data from TransUnion or Lexis Nexis. It compiles a master auto or home insurance policy application on behalf of the member without ever bothering the member with questions. The technology then automatically solicits bids for auto and home insurance coverages from multiple insurance carriers in under 2 minutes. These prices are then compiled in a personalized email that is sent to the member. The member sees up to four bids from A-rated carriers, ranked by cost. For the first time, the credit union can actually do the insurance shopping for the member without ever bothering the member. For more information about Insuritas’ products and services, visit www.nafcu.org/Insuritas.

    MasterCard for Identify Theft Resolution

    The Identity Theft Resolution Benefit solution provides credit union members with the ability to monitor the “dark web” and receive tailored alerts about their personal information. Additionally, MasterCard offers free identity remediation services to members who are victims of identity theft. This service will provide more peace of mind to members and will help credit unions reduce cardholder attrition due to security concerns. MasterCard is the only payment network that provides a service like this to all U.S. cardholders. For more information about MasterCard’s products and services, visit www.nafcu.org/MasterCard.

    Q2 Holdings for Q2platform

    The Q2platform gives credit unions the ability to serve their members’ online and mobile banking needs via a single, secure virtual banking solution. While the Q2platform in and of itself is an innovation, perhaps the single most innovative attribute of the platform is its integrated, patent pending security component, RFA (Risk Fraud Analytics). By having a holistic view of end users’ activity, the behavioral profiling algorithms that undergird Q2’s RFA solution are able to build a comprehensive picture of a member’s virtual banking habits. This vital feature makes it far easier to detect anomalous behaviors that typically precede fraud and to stop suspect transactions in real-time—before any funds have been compromised. For more information about Q2’s products and services, visit www.nafcu.org/Q2.

  • The 2014 Innovation Award winners are Preferred Partners Insuritas, DDJ Myers, Burns-Fazzi, Brock, and Allied Solutions.

    Insuritas for InsureNOW™

    The InsureNOW™ product was designed for credit unions with large member bases, big data CIF/CRM capabilities, and high member affinity levels. InsureNOW™ allows credit unions to provide highly customized, concierge-level insurance offers to their indirect borrowers at the very moment when the member intends to shop for insurance. The most innovative part of InsureNOW™ identifies insurance policy renewal dates for each member and generates targeted, automated pre-populated e-engagement communication to these indirect borrowers 30 days before their insurance policy renews.

    DDJ Myers for Board Performance Assessment

    The Board Performance Assessment was developed to meet the need to support credit union boards. The assessment is designed to guide boards in reaching their highest level of performance, and create a high standard of excellence between board and CEO, one of the most critical interactions within the credit union. The innovation lies in the assessment’s ability to make boards more cohesive and pinpoint critical areas where improvements could be made.

    Burns-Fazzi, Brock for Executive Benefits Learning Series

    The Executive Benefits Learning Series helps credit unions understand effective methods for executive compensation and benefits to help recruit, retain, and reward their executive team. Complex topics in executive benefits and compensation are broken down into tax, accounting, legal, regulatory compliance, funding, and administrative concepts allowing credit unions to increase their knowledge and gain free practical advice. The innovative series consists of monthly, free live webinars which are recorded and archived for future reference.

    Allied Solutions for UniTrac

    UniTrac is a proprietary insurance tracking system that benefits credit unions by reducing the risk associated with collateralized loan portfolios. The tracking solution is completely workable online for credit unions through their client portal: CenterPoint. CenterPoint offers clients full access to insurance history and document images, letter notifications, customer service call notes, and claims. Lenders are able to view, work, print and download reports, submit claims, update required data fields and chat online with Allied representatives.