SME Banking Awards 2024

The Qorus SME Banking Awards are recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions in SME banking, celebrating the best of the best. The Awards are now returning for their fourth edition in 2024.

SME Banking
Current phase

Winners reveal phase

Who will claim victory this year?

The voting is over! Thank you for the overwhelming number of votes we received this year. The winners will be officially announced on 20 March during the Awards ceremony at Reinvent Forum Vienna

Banks and bankers and fintechs/providers now have the opportunity to showcase their skills and shine brightly in the industry. The awards recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in SME banking, celebrating the best of the best. In the past three years, SME Banking Awards garnered significant attention, with numerous deserving recipients recognized for their excellence in serving small and medium-sized enterprises. Today, the Awards provide a platform for industry professionals to come together, exchange ideas, and inspire each other for future advancements in SME banking.

Now we’re launching the fourth edition, which will conclude with the ceremony in March 2024 during Reinvent Forum in Vienna, where we will unveil the winners.

Attend the ceremony and celebrate the winners!

Awards ceremony

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 20 March in Vienna as part of our 2-day Reinvent Forum conference

2024 Awards timeline


  • SME Bank of the Year

    This category is designed to acknowledge and applaud banks that demonstrate exceptional efforts in catering to the requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises.

  • SME Banker of the Year

    This category recognizes inspiring bankers who are chosen for their bank's accomplishments in SME banking, encompassing innovations introduced, initiatives focused on SMEs, business outcomes, and overall visibility.

  • SME Partnership of the Year

    This award honors collaborations that have showcased a significant influence on the SME ecosystem, fostering growth and innovation for businesses.

2024 judges

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Okay Yildirim

QNB Finansbank

Head of Group Corporate Digital Banking

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Don Ludlow

Royal Bank of Canada

Vice President Small Business, Business Financial Services Strategy & Partnerships

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Michal Boleslawski

ING Group

Global Head of Business Banking

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Serhat Yilmaz


SME Banking Group, Marketing Senior Vice President

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Piotr Teodorczyk


Head of SME Business

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Ken Burke


SME Banking Community Chairman & Senior Advisor

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Vikas Nahata

Validus Capital

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

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Aditya Sharma

Standard Chartered Bank

global head Small business clients

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Valentina Kristensen


Director of Growth & Communications

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Jack de Mooij


Director SME

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Arild Langberg Johannessen

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank

Director Strategy & Business Development SME

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Lukas Dzuroska


Head of Communities

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Andiswa Bata

First National Bank - FNB (South Africa)

Head of SME

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Konstantinos Kanavos

National Bank of Greece

Director, Head of Business Banking & Key Accounts Segments

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Jenine Zachar

Standard Bank

Head Value Propositions & Client Experience; Business & Commercial Banking SA

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Han Peng Kwang

Wing Bank

Chief Executive Officer

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Lisa Frazier

Judo Bank


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Stergios Zlatanos

Piraeus Bank

Director SB Strategy

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Miquel Gascon


Digital Banking Manager

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Rajeev Chalisgaonkar


Executive VP, Head of Business Banking & NeoBiz

Voting criteria


Why is the solution different? How inventive, innovative, unique and distinguished is the solution in the market?


Performance at the cross-country level, the degree of internalization

Impact – Traction

Is the solution capable of generating significant revenue and have strong traction?

Business Potential - Pain solver

How big and important is the business problem and the level of pain being solved? Is this solution going to solve it at scale?

Wow factor

How excited are you about the project?

In 2023 edition...

  • 20 000+

    votes were received in total

  • 3 800+

    individuals casted their vote

  • 70

    countries were represented in the voting process

  • 21

    senior industry leaders acted as judges in 2023

Do you have questions regarding the categories or Awards process? Reach out to us!

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Miroslava Tokarova


Communities Manager

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Dorota Valkova


Communities Manager