Winners e-Business and Commerce

New Zealand

http://www.ponoko.com

Ponoko helps product designers become superstars. Ponoko makes it easy for designers to both make and sell their products online, 10x faster and cheaper than traditional methods. Direct online access is guaranteed to both manufacturing (with no minimum order size) and consumers (with no retail curator). Designers upload designs to their online Personal Factory and select materials to instantly verify, price and order prototypes and custom products. They can then add them to the marketplace for sale. Personal Factory speeds the process and reduces the cost of turning designs into products and into businesses. This is a major change in the way new products are brought to market, unleashing the world's product design creativity and commerce. To date, Ponoko designers have produced over 300,000 custom products.

Ghana

http://nandimobile.com/our-services.html

Infoline is a mobile and web service which connects consumers and businesses in emerging markets. Despite the low Internet penetration in Africa and the low-end types of phones available on the continent, the service provides mobile-users the option to send messages to businesses and receive responses from the businesses through a private channel just as their counterparts in Internet-rich regions would send e-mails or use social media. The product also offers its users the convenience of obtaining relevant business information about products and services via SMS just as consumers in technologically advanced countries would use a search engines to search the web. By going round the limitations posed by lack of access to the Internet, this product is providing an alternative for consumers who are in search of information and businesses which are interested in interacting with their customers.

Estonia

http://www.transferwise.com

Banks charge a lot for international money transfers – even when they claim there are ‘no fees’. TransferWise doesn’t. The service allows regular people to access the real, mid-market exchange rate. This is done by using peer-to-peer technology that cuts out traditional bank fees altogether. Customers pay a tiny, fully transparent service charge to access this. We hope it will upend the entire sector in the way Skype did international calls.

Mexico

http://www.conekta.mx/

Conekta is a platform that allows businesses in Mexico to process online payments using both online and offline methods. Using Conekta’s technology, any business can start transacting in minutes. We are revolutionizing the way people transact in Latin America through tools which automate the payments experience and are more efficient than traditional methods currently used. Conekta provides channels accessible to the majority of the market in countries like Mexico, including offline methods, channels that are previously disregarded by dominant payment solutions (Brantree, Paypal). With Conekta, our customers create the payment experience that they need and we handle the entire transaction process from security to recurring payments. Conekta is built for any kind of transaction, whether it is charging for a service, selling physical products, taking donations, ecommerce offers, or enabling marketplaces for third parties

South Africa

http://www.springleap.com

Bridging brands and fans with the power of premium creativity. Global brands are using Springleaps unique creative social media marketing campaigns to empower creatives and engage brand fans. To date, Springleap has rewarded creatives with over $300,000 in the last year and placed them on magazines, sites and TV across the world.