Hubtel Wins Big at the Ghana Fintech Awards ’22

February 1, 2023 | 4 minutes read
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Kokomlemle, Accra –– January, 2022: Hubtel, Ghana’s leading payments, quick commerce, and messaging technology company, was the big winner at the just–ended Ghana Fintech Awards which took place on January 27, 2022 at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

Hubtel picked up five awards­­––the most by any company on the night of the awards, including the coveted “Fintech Company of the Year” award. The awards won by Hubtel as a company were:

  • IT/Tech Firm of the Year
  • Fintech Platform of the Year
  • Fintech Company of the Year
  • UI/UX Fintech Company of the Year
  • Leading Payments Technologies Service Provider of the Year

Hubtel’s innovative solutions and commitment to providing user-friendly platforms have been recognized and celebrated by the industry. The awards won by Hubtel serve as a testament to the company’s dedication to driving innovation and promoting financial inclusion in Ghana. 

In addition to these awards, the night also saw Elsie Bram, the Head of Quick Commerce at Hubtel, win the “Female Fintech Personality of the Year” award that recognizes the achievements of women in the fintech industry.

Elsie has played a pivotal role in the success, development and growth of Hubtel’s “quick commerce” operations which are currently available in Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Koforidua, Tamale, Ho, Accra and Tema. She joined the company in 2007 as the Mobile Campaigns Manager, responsible for the Premium SMS content services. Under her leadership, Hubtel became one of the top three content providers in Ghana. Throughout her time with Hubtel, she has held several prominent positions, such as Country Marketing Manager and Head of Customer Support.

“We are thrilled to have received these awards, it reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” said Elsie Bram. “Being recognized by the industry is a great honor and we will continue to strive for excellence in driving innovation in the financial technology sector in Ghana” she added. 

Augustine Adjei, Head of Engineering, and Nana Owusu Marfo, Head of User Experience & Marketing, also expressed their joy at the recognition of their contributions to the platform and user experiences on Hubtel as Hubtel received the Fintech Platform of the Year and UI/UX Fintech Company of the Year awards, respectively. Their work has been instrumental in delivering user-friendly platforms that have been widely celebrated by the industry.

Augustine, on behalf of management of Hubtel congratulated the other winners of the night on their well-deserved recognition.

“We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the other award winners of the night. Your contributions to the growth and success of the fintech industry in Ghana are deeply valued and we are proud to be a part of this thriving community”, he said. 

Arkel Consult and Management Services organized the awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate those who have played a significant role in driving last mile solutions, promoting Ghana’s competitive advantage in the FinTech space, and working towards building a resilient and inclusive financial system for economic growth. The Ghana FinTech Awards serves as a platform to recognize and appreciate the efforts of those working towards the development of Ghana’s FinTech industry.

About Hubtel

Hubtel is Ghana’s leading payments, quick commerce, and messaging technology company. The company provides innovative solutions that make it easy for businesses and individuals to make and receive payments, buy and sell goods and services, and communicate with one another.

The Hubtel App is Ghana’s first full-feature quick commerce platform, connecting retailers and service providers to customers. It is a simple way to find and pay for everyday essentials nearby. 

Hubtel operates with a full license of the Bank of Ghana as a Payment Service Provider (Enhanced) and was recommended for a national award for its role in the digitization of Government of Ghana payment services through the Ghana.GOV payment platform.  

The Hubtel mobile app is available for AndroidiOS, and Huawei phones. Users can also go to www.hubtel.com

Alex Bram wins Tech & Innovation 2021 at Ghanaweb Excellence Awards

December 12, 2021 | 3 minutes read
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CEO of Hubtel, Alex Bram has won the award for Tech and Innovation in the year 2021 at the maiden Ghanaweb Excellence Awards. 

Alex beat four very tough competitors in that category to emerge the winner of this well-deserved award. The four were no less a person than Ghana’s digital economy champion, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Zeepay CEO, Andrew Takyi Appiah, Co-Founder of Softribe, Herman Chinery Hesse, and Executive Director of Temple, Kodjo Hesse.

There were seventeen categories of awards, and each category had five very worthy nominees, making a win really tough. Alex is therefore one of the very deserving 17 persons rewarded on the night.

Alex Bram

Alex Bram, co-founded Hubtel on 12th May, 2005 – the very last school day at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), where he graduated with a BSc, in Chemistry.

He leads the overall development and execution of Hubtel’s long-term strategy, drives the company’s vision, implements the processes, and creates the order that enables Hubtel teams to bring their best features to life.

Alex Bram is a deliberate and methodical, action-oriented leader with fierce resolve. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Executive Education).

FIN Awards

Recently, he was adjudged eCommerce Personality of the Year at the maiden FIN Awards as part of the first-ever African Cashless Payments Systems Conference in Accra.

On that occasion, Hubtel, which is Ghana’s leading messaging, payments, and  eCommerce provider, also picked up the Digital Company of the Year award.

Hubtel, under the leadership of Alex Bram, won that award for its continuous contribution to the country’s digitalization, and particularly for its key role in the design and deployment of the Ghana.gov platform, together with two other local Fintechs, IT Consortium, and ExpressPay.

Indeed the Ghana.gov platform, which has, as of mid-November, raised over GHS35 billion for the government, was also adjudged The Cashless Policy of the Year on the night.

The company was also the first private sector firm to start the process of democratizing Ghana’s GHQR by starting a platform called myghqr.com, which allows both bank app and mobile money wallet users to sign on to the GHQR platform and make and accept payments via the same.

Hubtel has positioned itself as a very useful companion for mobile users, just as it has done with its transformational work in pioneering mobile airtime content services, fintech, and bulk SMS messaging.

It has been a digital finance, eCommerce, and bulk messaging champion operating mainly in Accra, Tema, and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and has just started services at Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.

When Covid-19 hit Ghana last year, Hubtel stepped up to the plate and boosted its eCommerce offering, which provided a very convenient avenue for customers to shop for food and other items online from the comfort of their homes and offices at affordable rates.

Hubtel also reduced its transaction fees on the Hubtel e-wallet to the barest minimum, making it even more affordable for customers to transact with their wallets.

Hubtel is Ghana’s first tech company to become a member of the globally acclaimed Pledge 1% in 2017.

Hubtel Wins Double At Maiden FIN Cashless Awards

November 30, 2021 | 3 minutes read
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Ghana’s leading messaging, payments, and  eCommerce provider, Hubtel, has picked up two top industry awards at the maiden Foreign Investment Network (FIN) Cashless Awards in Accra. 

Hubtel was adjudged the Digital Company of the Year, and the CEO of the company, Alex Bram also walked away with the eCommerce Personality of the Year award.

In all, there were 46 awards won by more than 30 individuals and organizations mainly in the areas of digital technology, cashless payments, IT, regulation, and business leadership in general.

The awards formed part of the maiden Africa Cashless Payment Systems (ACPS) Conference, which saw industry players from various parts of the continent discussing how Africa can bridge borders via digitalization and facilitate intra-continental trade within the context of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Hubtel was adjudged digital company of the year for its continuous contribution to the country’s digitalization, and particularly for its key role in the design and deployment of the Ghana.gov platform, together with two other local Fintechs; IT Consortium and ExpressPay.

Indeed the Ghana.gov platform, which has, as of mid-November, raised over GHS35 billion for the government, was also adjudged The Cashless Policy of the Year on the night.

Hubtel has positioned itself as a very useful companion for mobile users, just as it has done with its transformational work in pioneering mobile airtime content services, fintech, and bulk SMS messaging.

It has been a digital finance, eCommerce, and bulk messaging champion operating mainly in Accra, Tema, and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and has just started services at Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region.

When Covid-19 hit Ghana last year, Hubtel stepped up to the plate and boosted its eCommerce offering, which provided a very convenient avenue for customers to shop for food and other items online from the comfort of their homes and offices at affordable rates.

Hubtel also reduced its transaction fees on the Hubtel e-wallet to the barest minimum, making it even more affordable for customers to transact with their wallets.

Hubtel is Ghana’s first tech company to become a member of the globally acclaimed Pledge 1% in 2017.

Alex Bram

The CEO of the company, Alex Bram, co-founded Hubtel on 12th May 2005 – the very last school day at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), where he graduated with a BSc, in Chemistry.

He leads the overall development and execution of Hubtel’s long-term strategy, drives the company’s vision, implements the processes, and creates the order that enables Hubtel teams to bring their best features to life.

Alex Bram is a deliberate and methodical, action-oriented leader with fierce resolve. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Executive Education).

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Hubtel CMO Awarded As Part Of Top 50 CMOs in Ghana

December 4, 2019 | 1 minute read
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The inaugural list of the 2019 50 Most Influential CMOs in Ghana compiled by Avance Media, Reset Global People and Afiba Consulting, has been recently released.

The list, which was not ranked recognized the works of CMOs who are motivating performance, broadening markets, creating new trends, impressive financial performance in the Ghanaian market as well as brand perception.

A team from Avance Media today presented a placard to Elsie Bram, CMO of Hubtel as part of this exercise.

21 of the 50 people listed are women. Sectors considered cut across media, technology, banking & finance, insurance, food & beverage, telco, oil & gas, among others.


Hubtel Wins 3 Awards At GITTA 2019

August 1, 2019 | 1 minute read
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Hubtel wins three awards at the just ended GITTA Awards ceremony, held on Friday June 28, 2019.

  • Fintech Company of the Year
  • Fintech CEO of the Year (Alex Bram)
  • Emerging eCommerce Initiative of the Year
About GITTA Awards 

Now in its 9th year, the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA) is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Most times called the “Oscar Awards”, it recognizes innovation and excellence. GITTA 2019, which has an independent panel of industry experts as judges, recognized organizational performances, products, services, innovations, executives and management teams, women in ICT, and CSR initiatives.

GITTA has become one of the industry’s most prized honours. It is an accolade given to individuals and teams and is a vindication of the hard work, innovation and dedication of those at the forefront of this dynamic global profession.

Hubtel Scores 3 At The 2018 GITTA Awards Ceremony

July 3, 2018 | 1 minute read
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Hubtel has been adjudged the Best Payment Gateway Provider of the year, claiming two other awards at the just ended GITTA Awards ceremony.

Hubtel scored a hat trick of awards at the event, bagging Best Mobile Cloud Service Provider of The Year and Best Payment Gateway Provider of The Year, while CEO, Alex Bram copped The Fintech Leader of the Year award.

GITTA Awards – Hubtel Team

 

 

Hubtel CEO – Alex Bram

About GITTA Awards

Now in its 8th year, the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. Popularly dubbed, “the Oscar Awards” in the industry, the Awards recognize innovation and excellence in the Ghana ICT sector.

Over the years, beyond promoting excellence in the telecom sector, GITTA has evolved and extended its reach to include companies which have taken efforts to innovate their operations and products through the adoption of technology.

GITTA has become one of the industry’s most prized honours. It is an accolade given to individuals and teams and is a vindication of the hard work, innovation and dedication of those at the forefront of this dynamic global sector.

SMSGH Wins Youth Enterprise Award At AGI Awards 2016

November 14, 2016 | 1 minute read
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SMS Global Holdings (SMSGH) has been named the recipient of the Young Enterprise Award for the first time at the Association of Ghana Industries’ 5th Ghana Industry Awards ceremony.

The company was awarded for our outstanding achievements and immense contribution to the development of Ghana’s economy. The business solutions giant was one of over twenty companies to be recognized at the prestigious event.

This year’s event had seven award categories and 21 sector awards. Some of the sector awards included Beverage, Automobile Sector Awards, Agribusiness, Electricals and Electronics, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, among others.

The glamorous event, held in Accra at the State House, was under the theme: “Growing Local Industry for Export Development and Job Creation”.

SMSGH has this year seen a complete revamp of its organizational and business processes since the completion of our US$1.25 million state-of-the-art offices.

With almost 40,000 corporate clients currently, which include small, medium and large enterprises, and a presence throughout Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Cameroon, plus plans to expand across all of Africa in the very near future, winning this award acknowledges SMSGH’s commitment to building Africa’s most globally relevant business solution offering.

App On The Up: MPower Nominated For Africa ePayments Award

January 26, 2015 | 2 minutes read
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Another day, another nomination!

MPower Payments, perhaps Africa’s most comprehensive payment platform, has earned SMSGH yet another prestigious industry nomination – “Best Card Processor of the Year” for the 2015 edition of Card & ePayment Africa Awards.

Card and ePayment Africa Awards is an annual event organized by Intermarc Consulting with the main focus of showcasing innovation, achievements within the African ePayment space. The award focuses on technology development, production design and marketing. The 19-category awards night is open to Card Issuers, Processors, POS Companies, Mobile and Online Payment Companies, PTSPs, Merchant Acquirers and respective solution providers in Africa.

MPower Payments’ highly secure platform enables users to make payments through Internet, cards, SMS and now a mobile USSD application – *714*44#. The application can be clustered to handle millions of users. It contains many functionalities including an e-commerce platform, CRM functions and opportunities for branchless financing.

It is competitively priced, offering opportunities for individuals, groups, microfinance institutions, smaller banks and local telecoms to facilitate financial inclusion.

MPower Payments currently has over 80,000 users as at December, 2014, a little over 420 registered merchants, and transaction volumes to the tune of GHC500, 000 a month.

“We’re excited to be recognized as a leader in the ePayments industry with this nomination”, said George Festus Mensah, Senior Products Manager. “SMSGH is doing all it can through MPower to deliver the next generation of electronic payment solutions. Clients should be able to effect smart and seamless transactions at little or no cost without facing bureaucracies, traditional credit limits and additional accounts payable workload.”

Voting ends 7th February, 2015, and is open to the public. You can assist by promoting MPower for this award at http://www.cardandepaymentafricaawards.com/vote/.

For more information on the benefits of using MPower Payments, visit the website at www.mpowerpayments.com.

In a related development, MPower has unveiled its latest feature – a USSD application – which mirrors and simplifies the functionality of the web app, allowing a user to open and manage an offline account, top-up airtime, pay bills, shop online and more. All a user has to do is dial the USSD code – *714*44# on their mobile phone and access all the functions of a seamless payments application, in seconds.

MPower Raises The Bar (Again): “Mobile App Of The Year” At 2014 Ghana Telecom Awards

June 13, 2014 | 2 minutes read
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Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, Ghana — There’s no better measure of a company’s effectiveness than major external recognition – by its appreciative customers, peers, business publishers, and by professional organizations whose job it is to judge quality. The long list of awards and accolades won by SMSGH proves that the company has never wavered from its commitment to excellence on all fronts: from technology to customer service to operational excellence and innovation.

In what is becoming a norm lately, MPower Payments, the country’s premier online payment solution, has earned SMSGH a prestigious industry award – “Mobile App of the Year” at the Ghana Telecom Awards 2014 held on Saturday, 31st May 2013 at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

The awards, organized by MobileWorld, and adjudicated by an independent panel of leading technology and communication industry experts honored several industry brand leaders in various areas of activity: products and services, communication, and innovation, among others. The night also provided an exceptional opportunity for stakeholders to network and reinforce relationships.

The General Manager of SMSGH, Alex Adjei Bram could not hide his excitement. “We are delighted with this award, as it’s a tremendous seal of approval from our like-minded business friends – whether partners or competitors – for all the hard work that went into creating the MPower brand. The development and launch of MPower a year ago was an important milestone for SMSGH and will continue to play a key role in our growth strategy. We mean business.”

Picking up the Mobile App of the Year award did not come as a surprise to many as in the year under review, MPower Payments for eleven consecutive months met all key internal and external KPIs.

MPower Payments currently has some 20,000 users as of May 2014, a little over 400 registered merchants, and transaction volumes to the tune of GHC380,000 a month.

In a related development that seeks to keep up with the company’s commitment to excellence, MPower has been given the feel of an identity refresh with its latest feature which allows an MPower account holder to convert Ghana Cedis into Bitcoins – an electronic currency that is accepted globally – and buy anything online from Amazon.com or 1,000s of other websites.

SMSGH Receives 6 Nominations At TopApps Awards 2013

September 26, 2013 | 2 minutes read
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Kokomlemle, Accra, Ghana – SMSGH a leading brand in mobile communication, content, and commerce aggregation has been nominated in 6 categories for this year’s Top App Awards.

Top Apps Award is Ghana’s premier apps exhibition and awards event. After weeks of intense judging activities, the shortlisted nominees for the 2013 Top Apps Awards were outdoors on the 25th of September 2013 via a statement on the website of the award, www.topappawards.com. According to the organizers the awards received over 50 nominations for 27 apps competing for 14 different award categories.

This year’s event is the second edition riding on the back of a successfully organized event last year. The categories include Mobile App of the Year, SMS App of the Year, Social App of the Year, Entertainment App of the Year, Utility App of the Year, Health App of the Year, Education App of the Year, eGovernance App of the Year, Agriculture App of the Year, and App Developer of the Year.
Awards will also be given out for Web App of the Year, Innovative New App, Top User Experience App, Finance App Company of the Year, and the much anticipated Top App of the Year.

Barely a year into its introduction, MPower Payments, received as many as 5 nominations – Web App of the Year, Innovative New App, Top User Experience App of the Year, Finance App of the Year, and Top App of the Year.
SMSGH has also been nominated for the coveted App Company of the Year for the marvelous work done at aggregating various domestic and international application services.

Commenting on the nominations, the Chief Technology Officer of SMSGH, Mr. Kwadwo Seinti, expressed delight and applauded his team of dedicated developers and nCodeDevLabs an app development partner on MPowerPayments for a good job done. He said “MPower is leading the dawn of a new era where online merchants and shopping enthusiasts will enjoy a convenient, safer, and overall better payment experience’’.

The top Apps Awards and Exhibition event is slated for Friday 4th October 2013 at Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT at 5pm.

The year’s event partners include Google, Nokia, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Erke Ghana, Citi 97.3FM, TelecomEye, and GhanaBusinessNews.

SMSGH Nominated for ‘Best Mobile Content Provider’ Award

March 9, 2012 | 3 minutes read
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SMSGH In The News: www.myjoyonline.com, Published by JoyFM, Accra, Ghana — After weeks of intense judging activities, the shortlisted nominees for the 2nd MobileWorld Ghana Telecom Awards are out. A statement from award organizers, MobileWorld Magazine indicates there are 17 competitive awards, and four special awards dubbed the Publisher’s Choice awards.

The categories are phone of the year, telecom operator of the year, telecom vendor of the year, wholesale provider of the year, best innovative mobile product of the year, best mobile content, best mobile money, best telecom brand, infrastructure company of the year, and best Internet Service Provider (ISP) of the year.

The rest are marketing campaign, best CSR telecom company, best use of IT in banking, best ICT company of the year, best business service of the year, best customer care of the year, and CEO of the year.

The four special non-competitive awards are special recognition for commitment to the telecom industry, women in ICT award, Young ICT Entrepreneur award, and the prestigious MobileWorld Lifetime Achievement Award.

But of all the awards, the most enviable are the telecom brand of the year, which Vodafone won last year; customer service of the year, which Airtel won last year; CEO of the year, which Airtel won last year; and of course the telecom operator of the year which was most deservingly grabbed by market leader MTN.

This year’s event is also slated for April 20, 2012, at the plush Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra, and it would recognize and reward individuals and organizations at the forefront of the telecoms industry in Ghana. It promises to be a memorable gala night, poised to be the biggest gathering of senior telecom executives in the country.

Event organizer and Group Publisher of MobileWorld Magazine, Akin Naphtal said “The prestigious awards will be announced to an audience of Ghana’s most influential telecom and business decision-makers at a fantastic evening of fine dining and entertainment.” “I can assure you that this event will not only recognize organizations and personalities, it will also be a platform for networking with stakeholders in the industry,” he said. Mr. Naphtal said the awards will also help build healthy relationships among competitors and provide an opportunity to reward deserving staff, as well as provide a unique social environment to network with peers. He said the awards are essential because they recognize the efforts of those who are investing in the ICT/Telecom industry in Ghana.

The awards are open to Telecom Mobile operators, ICT Organizations, MVNOs, and Banks operating in Ghana.

The other nominees for Best Mobile Content Provider for 2012 are Dreamoval, Mobile Content.Com and Rancard Solutions.