EKO India Financial Services Named A 2011 Tech Awards Laureate by the Tech Museum
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Eko India Financial Services is One of 15 Innovators from Around the World Recognized for Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity
(SAN JOSE, Calif. and New Delhi, India) Sept. 15, 2011 – Eko India Financial Services (Eko), was today named as a laureate of The Tech Awards 2011, one of 15 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected Eko from among hundreds of nominations representing 54 countries.
The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing technical solutions that benefit humanity and address the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The awards program honors 15 scientists and innovators annually alongside the recipient of the Global Humanitarian Award. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world.
“The Tech Awards is an outstanding honor, recognizing individuals and organizations whose ideas and their execution are changing the world,” said Abhishek Sinha, Co-Founder and CEO, Eko. “We are ecstatic to receive this recognition at such a prestigious global platform. It is a proud moment for us to be amidst those recognized for their contributions, and we will continue to develop solutions that improve the overall well being of people worldwide.”
“The global challenges of the day have become increasingly strident, more deeply rooted,” said David Whitman, Vice President of Signature Programs at The Tech Museum. “Still, there is hope. These incredibly impressive Laureates have all proven to be equal to, or better than, the challenge to make the world a better place. By celebrating their accomplishments today, we are encouraging future innovators to work toward solutions to make the world healthier, safer and more sustainable.”
Established in 2000, The Tech Awards recognizes 15 Laureates in five universal categories: education, equality, environment, economic development and health. These laureates have developed new technological solutions or innovative ways to use existing technologies to significantly improve the lives of people around the world. One laureate in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize during the annual Awards Gala in Santa Clara CA. on October 20.
This year, the laureates represent the truly global vision of the program, spanning countries such as India, Honduras and Ethiopia. Their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide.
The Tech Awards collaborates with humanitarian, educational, and business partners through global outreach efforts, giving people around the world the opportunity to benefit from the successful technologies recognized through The Tech Awards. The selected laureates’ projects address multiple humanitarian efforts including developing alternate ways to generate electricity, creating free educational tools, and improving literacy among children.
Key sponsors supporting The Tech Awards include Applied Materials, Inc., Intel Corporation, Nokia, Microsoft, Swanson Foundation, Flextronics, Polycom, Skoll Foundation, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Accenture, eBay, Qatalyst, Google, Wells Fargo, Xilinx, American Airlines, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Bain & Company, NBC11, San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TIME, Xfinity, MEMC Electronic Materials, Brassfield Estate Winery, Hilton San Jose, Convention Plaza Hotel, and Hayward Quartz Technology.
For more information about The Tech Awards, visit The Tech Awards
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum, visit The Tech Museum
Eko India Financial Services Private Limited (“Eko”) is a leading Business Correspondent (“BC”) and mobile banking technology provider in India. As a BC of the State Bank of India and ICICI Bank, Eko converts every retail shop into a low-cost distribution and payment infrastructure, extending the reach of banks to enable small value financial transactions instantly.
Eko presently serves over 900,000 customers across over 1,300 outlets (grocers, pharmacies, stationery shops, small cyber cafes, telecom shops etc.) across Delhi-NCR, Bihar and Jharkhand. These outlets have bank and Eko branding where customers can obtain a no-frills savings and other bank accounts in a matter of a few minutes. Eko also enables deposits, withdrawals and remittances for customers. Using any mobile phone and simple text messages, the agent or the customer may transact with core banking systems on a real-time basis, anywhere.
Additionally, Eko enables instant disbursal of payments to Accredited Social Heath Activist (ASHA) workers employed under the National Rural Health Mission in Sheikhpura, Bihar. Eko has also initiated a pilot for a small ticket over-the-counter Micro Life Insurance product.
Eko has served 998,135 customers through its 1,300 customer service outlets and employs 90 people. Recently, Eko crossed $245 million USD (1,100 crore INR) of transactions processed across 2.5 million customer transactions. Eko is headquartered in New Delhi, India with operations in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), Bihar and Jharkhand and supporting other BCs operations in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Eko hopes to reach out to millions of financially excluded people over the next few years and extend formal financial services at their friendly neighborhood store.
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