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2019 Nominations Open!



InvestmentNews is now accepting nominations for its inaugural Innovation Awards honoring firms that demonstrate innovative approaches to the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the financial advice profession. The awards recognize innovations, big and small, that improve how financial advisers take care of their clients, run their businesses or improve client outcomes. Join the conversation on social media with #innovateIN. We are accepting nominations through Feb. 8, 2019.

These awards are open to any and all companies that support the financial advice profession, including custodians, national and regional brokerage firms, independent broker-dealers, asset managers, insurance firms, fintech firms, as well as financial advisory firms. The winners in each category will be picked by InvestmentNews’ Innovation Summit Advisory Board.


Adviser Fintech

This award highlights a firm that has made technological innovations in products, processes or platforms that helps advisers better serve clients, including by improving the client experience or communications between clients and advisers.

Practice Management

This award honors a firm with products, services, technologies or platforms that allow advisers to run their businesses more efficiently or effectively.

Educational Materials

This award gives special recognition to a firm with innovative initiatives aimed at enhancing adviser and/or client education around financial concepts, products or services.

Retirement Solutions

This award highlights a firm with innovative products, services or platforms aimed at the retirement market.

Investing Strategies

This award gives special recognition to a firm that demonstrates innovative approaches to products, services and platforms in portfolio and asset management.




If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Brittney Grimes, editorial special projects coordinator at InvestmentNews, at bgrimes@investmentnews.com or 212-850-7629.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dan Rubinetti, manager of U.S. event sales at InvestmentNews, at drubinetti@investmentnews.com or 212-210-0432.

For event registration, please contact inevents@investmentnews.com.


Key Dates and Deadlines

• Dec.17, 2018: Window for nominations begins

• Feb. 8, 2019: Final deadline for nominations

• Feb. 25, 2019: Notification of three finalists in each category

• April 17, 2019: Celebration luncheon in New York City for finalists. Winners from each category will be announced.

• April 29, 2019: Finalists and winners will be highlighted in the print version of InvestmentNews and on Investmentnews.com


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I nominate a firm for an InvestmentNews Innovation Award?

By filling out our online survey. Nominations must be submitted using the web form.

What type of firms can I nominate?

These awards are open to companies that support the financial advice profession, including broker-dealers, custodians, asset managers, insurance firms and fintech firms, as long as the majority of their work is based in or utilized by the financial advisory industry. Financial advisory firms can also be nominated for their innovative approaches if they are sharing their methods with other advice firms.

How many firms can I nominate?

There is no limit.

When does the nomination process end?

Feb. 8, 2019.

When will the finalists be notified and when will the winners be announced.

On or around Feb. 25, 2019, three finalists in each award category will be notified they have been selected. Winners from each of the five categories will be announced on April 17, 2019, at the awards luncheon event.

Where and when will the winners of the InvestmentNews Innovation Awards be published?

Honorees will appear in the April 29, 2019 issue of InvestmentNews and online at InvestmentNews.com around the same date.

How will the nominees be judged? Who chooses the winners?

Nominees will be judged according to specific criteria listed on the online submission form. One winner from each category will be picked by InvestmentNews’ Innovation Summit Advisory Board.

Can’t I just call or send an email with the name of the firm I’d like to nominate?

No. Only firms nominated through the web form will make it into the selection database.

Can I nominate a firm anonymously?

No. We need to know your identity so we can contact you if needed. However, we will not share nominator information with any third parties or include it anywhere in the published features.

Can I nominate my own firm?

You can nominate your own business or a firm with which you are not associated. In either case, it is recommended that you have a good understanding of the innovative ideas contributed by the firm or firms you choose to nominate. The most persuasive nominations will be those that state a clear case for a firm based on the criteria we are seeking.

Can one firm be nominated for multiple categories?

A firm may be nominated for multiple award categories, but not for the same initiative or tool. Each nomination must focus on a different innovative initiative or tool that the firm has created or used.

What is required of those who are selected?

Firms selected as finalists must have someone from the firm available for a phone interview with a reporter. That person will also need to provide a high-resolution photo of themselves and may be asked to sit for a photo shoot or video interview.

When and where will the awards luncheon take place?

The awards luncheon will be held on April 17, 2019, in New York City.

Can I contact you to see how my nomination is doing in the judging process?

No. We don’t give status reports on nominees. If any further information is needed, you will be contacted. We ask that you please be patient.