Digital transformation in business has proven to be a driver of socio-economic growth globally. BCX believes that businesses can Invent, Evolve and Unite through digital innovation while creating greater opportunities for growth in South Africa. The BCX Digital Innovation Award (DIA) was first introduced in 2019 to celebrate Small and Medium Enterprise’s (SME’s), and large enterprises who have achieved digital innovation excellence having created solutions that have moved their industries forward and have impacted our society. 

“The DIA is in its 4th year, and we have truly seen the creativity and innovation of our local companies over this time. But, more than this, we have seen the commitment of these companies to make a difference to the environments around them by adopting digital innovation”, say Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen, BCX Chief Marketing Officer.

Through the DIA, BCX recognises and nurtures digital innovation excellence amongst South African companies, providing them with opportunities to grow further. Today, BCX proudly announces the top six finalists for this year’s prestigious Digital Innovation Awards 2022. This year’s BCX Digital Innovation Awards received 42 entries.

Crowning the initiative this year are the following six finalists: 

SME FINALISTS  Innovation   
Envisionit Deep AI  RADIFY  
Acumen Software  My Smart City  
Ctrl Technologies  Creating Digital Insurance Advisors 
ShopriteX  Checkers Xtra Savings Sixty60 Integration  
Discovery Bank Shared Value in Banking 
iiDENTIFii  Facial Biometric Digital Authentication Platform  

The six finalists were able to display their innovations during a final phase of judging in October, during which each was ranked according to their respective categories.

According to Acumen Software, who presented My Smart City, “We are honoured and extremely excited to be among the top three shortlisted candidates for the BCX Digital Innovation Awards in the SME category. It truly means so much when an organisation such as BCX shares the same values and philosophy towards creating unity and bridging the divide through technological innovation and shared excellence. Thanks, BCX! #WeCameHereToWin” Acumen Software 

Whilst, Pieter Erasmus, the Co-founder of Ctrl technologies had this to say, “We are excited to have been shortlisted, thank you! We have been following BCXDIA over the last couple of years and are really honoured to now be able to put our name next to such a prestigious awards programme “

iiDentifii is no stranger to the DIA, having won the SME category in 2019, and now stands as a contender in the corporate category. According to Lance Fanaroff, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at iiDENTIFii, “The entire iiDENTIFii team is honoured to be shortlisted as a top 3 finalist for the Digital Innovation Award 2022 in the Corporate Category. We are also humbled and inspired to compete against industry giants, namely Shoprite and Discovery. Our team is committed to make innovation a core pillar throughout our business. We also want to thank BCX for their active commitment in recognising and highlighting digital innovation excellence for the past few years. We are proud just to be finalists in these prestigious digital innovation awards and look forward to the forthcoming finals. Thank you to the BCX, and good luck to our other finalists.” 

All participants have shown their innovative prowess and commitment to evolving their businesses and industries through technology. Year after year, we have seen how South African companies, both small and large, are embracing digital innovation as a solution that serves both corporate and social interests. I want to congratulate this year’s finalists and wish them the best in the next stage of the awards”, says Mandisa Ntloko-Petersen.

The winners of each category will be announced on 10 November 2022, at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards Ceremony in Johannesburg.