Friday, March 22, 2019

Pacific-ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge 2019 in Malaysia

UNCDF Financial Innovation Lab, in partnership with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, presents the Pacific-ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge.

Pacific-ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge is jointly organized by UNCDF Financial Innovation Lab Malaysia and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme. The Financial Innovation Lab and PFIP are two UNCDF programmes focusing on ASEAN and Pacific markets respectively.

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is working with financial services providers to create better, cheaper and safer financial services. However, this depends on the availability of suitable fintech innovations. The local fintech community is nascent at best and this often restricts our partners’ ability to deliver cutting-edge solutions to customers.

The Pacific- ASEAN Financial Innovation Challenge provides a platform for not only Pacific innovators, but also innovators from Malaysia and Singapore, to develop their ideas into practical solutions for UNCDF, PFIP, and their implementing partners. The challenge also provides an opportunity to connect innovators from ASEAN and Pacific countries thereby creating a network of digital innovators in both regions.

The participating innovators will work closely with UNCDF, PFIP, and implementing partners in the Pacific to design, modify and test their solutions to address the specific use-cases put forward by the Challenge. 


  • UNCDF PFIP will offer financial and technical assistance to promising innovations to customize, test, and scale their solutions with identified implementing partners. Additionally, the organizers will also offer a tailor-made accelerator program, for up to six months, to fill the market knowledge gaps and help participants leverage the global knowledge network of UNCDF and its partners.
  • Successful participants will receive USD 50,000 start-up capital and USD 30,000 seed funding.
  • They will also get the opportunity to test and scale their solutions with Vodafone Fiji, FijiCare Insurance Ltd, National Bank of Vanuatu, Kina Bank, PNG.
  • Winners will get access to “greenfield’ Market segments.
  • Successful participants will also get the opportunity to scale their solutions in growing economies.


  • Eligible applicants who can apply include:
  • Financial and technology solution providers
  • Must be registered in the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore
  • Must have exiting or ready to deploy solutions. 

How to Apply:
  • Apply online through the official website (bellow)
  • If applicants wish to address two or more challenges, click the (+) sign next to the respective challenge, in the registration form on their official website. Note – if applicants choose to address two challenges, they will receive two submission forms. Participants will have to complete and submit both. Kindly carefully read the challenge descriptions, available on their official website, before deciding to select multiple challenges.
  • Participants may download the entire set of application questions and the scoring matrix in a PDF file from their official website for offline reference.

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