The Young Entrepreneurship Scheme or YES, provides grant support to young budding Fijian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 years, to develop or expand their innovative business ideas. The new global economic paradigm focuses on “knowledge-intensive industries” and innovation to provide competitive advantage. Through the YES initiative the Fijian Government is securing a better future for all. Technology and innovation will drive economic growth in the future. Hence, the YES initiative is setting the foundation for the sustainable growth and modernisation of the Fijian economy. International Business Awards is a means of giving recognition and encouragement to our emerging entrepreneurs who are using innovation as a tool to boost industry and business development.
A 100% locally owned company, Vodafone Fiji Limited strives to be a world class organization whose growth strategy is based on ingenuity. The company has strategically placed itself well amongst the ever evolving digital world and invests in capacity and capabilities that leads to innovative business solutions, transforming the business processes. Technologies such as M-Paisa, Internet of Things and Applications, website transactions, app based transactions, tap and go or mobile money, Vodafone has been at the forefront of innovation. Judges were impressed with Vodafone’s continuous levels of product innovation in the telecommunications industry by introducing cutting edge technological products and services. In addition, judges were impressed with their responsibility towards the societal development and passion for the people and the vanua.
Rosie Holidays is a family based business established in 1974 involved in the tourism and hospitality industry. With over 200 staff, Rosie Holidays pride themselves on having inspired staff, motivated customers and a real belief that tourism can improve social and economic well-being of the Fijian people. Rosie Holidays created Fijian history in February of this year by chartering six Fiji Airways A330-300 aircraft and operating them non-stop from Beijing and Shanghai in China and from Taipei in Taiwan to Fiji. These six charter flights delivered 1,700 new visitors to Fiji over a two week period, generating over US$10 million to the local economy with each visitor spending on average US$6,000 on their Fijian holiday. Significant marketing strategies selling creative land and air packages for six night stays in Fiji saw all flights fully booked. Several judges awarded Rosie Holidays the maximum of 20 points recognising that all aspects of the innovation criteria had been met at the highest level.