June 4, 2019
Manifera, a Singapore based software development company, has won the recent Pacific-ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge in May this year, as organized by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and their Pacific Financial Inclusion Program.
The Innovation Challenge consists of 4 different challenges for innovators to develop their ideas into practical solutions for UNCDF, PFIP and their implementing partners. More than 120 innovators from the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore took part in the challenges and only one winner was selected for each challenge.
Manifera won the “Platform for E-Commerce (Vodafone Fiji)” Challenge which requires them to find a solution for an e-commerce platform for the people of Fiji in cooperation with Vodafone. Telecommunications and bandwidth in Fiji and in the Pacific have improved significantly over the past ten years which led to an increase in digital service offerings in these areas. Penetration of mobile phones is relatively high in Fiji and therefor the e-commerce platform will have to be based on a mobile-first approach.
Vodafone is looking at an e-commerce platform which could allow goods, services and/or content to be easily traded and accessed across Pacific Island Countries and Manifera managed to clinch the deal to help solve this innovation challenge.
Manifera’s team was headed by, Herre Roelevink and David Kwan, the director and business development manager of Manifera respectively. As one of the 16 finalists, they went through a 3-days boot camp by UNCDF/PFIP in Kuala Lumpur where they took the opportunity to learn more from Vodafone which helped to fine-tune their proposals before the final pitch on the last day of the boot camp.
Recounting their experiences, Herre said, “We are excited by the win and this is an awesome start for us in the Pacific Ocean region. It is great that we, Manifera, are given the opportunity to support Vodafone to digitalize the marketplace and impact the people of Fiji and the Pacific Ocean region. If there is another challenge next year, we will join again to create more value again. Winning is great and looking forward to the implementation trajectory.”
Manifera is a Singaporean software development company, for developing custom-made e-commerce, web and mobile applications. With their team of experienced, reliable and highly motivated engineers, Manifera delivers high quality software applications, while establishing long-term relationships with their much appreciated and respected clients.