Net Element Wins Silver in Best in Biz Awards 2014

Aptito Platform Named 2014's Most Innovative Product

Feb 18, 2015, 11:00 ET from Net Element, Inc.

MIAMI, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) ("Net Element" or the "Company"), a technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the United States, announces that its Aptito product was named a silver winner in the Most Innovative Product of the Year – SMB category in Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts.

Aptito's all-in-one restaurant and bar point-of-sale (POS) and business management software provides restaurants with a variety of tools to reduce payroll costs, improve efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction. The cloud-based, fully integrated solution is based on Apple iOS devices and includes POS and table management, kiosk, digital menu, mobile POS, online ordering modules and integrated payment card processing. Restaurant owners and managers can access the system from any location using any web browser and review comprehensive reports, adjust menus, pricing, set up happy hours, manage inventory, personnel, wages and tips allocation. Aptito's backend reports are combined with Net Element's Unified Payments Insights analytics solutions to help owners and managers make educated decisions on how to improve their sales, attract customers during low occupancy hours, and monitor restaurant reputation and social media reviews.

This year's Best in Biz Awards program featured a large and distinguished judging panel comprised of members of the media who reviewed and scored the hundreds of award nominations. More than 550 award nominations were received this year in a variety of company, executive, team, and product-focused categories. Nominations were fielded from public and private companies of all sizes and from virtually every major industry and region in the United States and Canada.

"The fourth annual Best in Biz Awards' North American program was its most competitive yet," says Net Element CEO Oleg Firer. "We are honored that the innovation and functionality of Apito warranted such high recognition among hundreds of other nominees. Bringing home the silver award is a token not only of where Aptito stands today, but of the incredible potential that lies ahead."

Best in Biz Awards 2014 honors were presented in 60 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best Place to Work, Technology Department of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best New Product of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year and Website of the Year.

Winners were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of 53 judges from highly recognized newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, radio outlets, and analyst firms. In addition to returning judges, this year's 53-person judging panel included contributors to AdWeek, American Banker, Android Central, Atlanta Tribune, Boston.com, Buffalo News, Business News Daily, Chip Design Magazine, Computerworld, Connecting Women Radio, Consumer Affairs, Crain's New York Business, CRN, Detroit Free Press, Digital Trends, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Fierce Online Video, IDB Ventures, IEEE Institute, Inc. Magazine, InfoRisk Today, Information Week, Journal Times, King Features Syndicate, L.A. Biz, Lab Reviews, Law Technology News, Marketing Profs, MediaPost, Miami Herald, Motley Fool, New York Observer, NorthBay Biz, PC Magazine, peHUB, Phoenix Business Journal, Quad-City Times, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Small Business Digest, Tech Cocktail, Tech-Gaming, TheDeal.com, Upstart Business Journal, Venture Capital Journal, Wired, Xconomy and ZDNet.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2014, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2014-winners.

About Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE)    
Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) is a global technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services. The Company owns and operates a global mobile payments and transaction processing provider, TOT Group. TOT Group companies include Unified Payments, recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #1 Fastest Growing Private Company in America in 2012; Aptito, a next generation cloud-based point of sale payments platform; and TOT Money, which has a leading position in Russia and has been ranked as the #1 SMS content provider by Beeline, Russia's second largest telecommunications operator. Together with its subsidiaries, Net Element enables ecommerce and adds value to mobile commerce environments. Its global development centers and high-level business relationships in the United States, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States strategically position the Company for continued growth. More information is available at www.netelement.com.

About Best in Biz Awards
Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs annually: North America, and International. Entries will begin to be accepted in the Best in Biz Awards 2015 International program in January 2015. Any organization worldwide may participate in the International program in any of the more than 60 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the International program, please visit: http://intl.bestinbizawards.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
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SOURCE Net Element, Inc.



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