Over the weekend Bambu employees Rohith, Xavier, Albert and Yi Fan came in 2nd runner-up at SG100-Nation-Hackathon which was held at Tanjong Pagar CC by SG100 Foundation. During the 2-day hackathon, the team created a CPF financial planner app to help working adult Singaporeans plan towards their retirement, children’s education, health, and housing goals. The platform is aimed to ensure Singaporeans are thinking ahead for their future, during every stage of life.

The problem statement was “Singaporeans do not know what, when and how to conduct financial planning for their retirement. How can we educate them to manage their finance and achieve financial security during their retirement”.

They took this opportunity to leverage on a common problem Singaporeans face – planning for their retirement. In fact, 47% of active CPF members do not meet their Full Retirement Sum by age 55. Our prototype app, RetireWise, aims to alleviate Singapore’s retirement planning problem by allowing users to visualise and plan their entire life journey up until their retirement.

Screenshots of RetireWise app (Prototype by the team)

RetireWise Highlights

  • Visualise your retirement journey: Have your financial journey planned out for you? Now you can instantly visualise your retirement goal, among others, and be able to work towards it.
  • Goal-based investing: Set your housing, education, health and housing goals, then let us plan how you can achieve those goals. Receive prompts to top-up your monthly contribution if your current contribution is insufficient.
  • Spare change feature: Let’s say you buy chicken rice for $3.50. We round it up to $4 and save the 50 cents change into your CPF account. Saving all the spare change that you don’t really think about can really add up and make a sizeable contribution to your CPF account.

Our Experience

The hackathon was held over a span of 2 days where they spent Day 1 brainstorming and Day 2 working on the prototype. Unlike other teams who spent time ideating on product details, they were able to come to a consensus fairly quickly. They knew from their experience at Bambu that their financial planning app had to be easy to use and intuitive to the user with robust capabilities behind-the-scenes.

On the last day, they completed their prototype and started building the pitch deck for the final presentation. The style of present was inspired from a particular pitch which CEO and founder of Bambu Ned Phillips presented at Finovate. With only 3 minutes to present their idea, they knew that clarity was key.

The hackathon was a rare opportunity to seek feedback on our solution from industry professionals and government representatives. With the opinions gathered, they are now even more keen to see our solution implemented in the near future. Overall, they thoroughly enjoyed the hackathon experience with employees/friends from Bambu.

If you want to find out more about the project or have other questions, get in touch with us at info@bambu.co

Bambu’s First Year Milestones – 2017

Today marks a significant milestone in our company as we celebrate our first year anniversary.  During our first year, we have been progressively growing by wining our first award, expanding the team, gaining development from an accelerator program and launching our first product in Asia.


  • Winner of The Best Early Stage Startup Award at Next Money FinTech Finals 2017
  • Grown to a team of 12 members with expertise in Finance, Technology Engineering, Design Thinking and Business Development
  • Top 8 in SuperCharger 2.0 Accelerator Program in Hong Kong
  • Opened our first overseas office in Hong Kong
  • First B2B White Label product launched in Singapore on CONNECT by Crossbridge Capital
  • Raised USD$400K in seed funding
  • Sealed 2 contracts within first 4 months of establishment

“It’s the beginning of the journey for Bambu and I am so thankful to the people who have believed in me; the team members of Bambu who have joined me, the investors who have backed us and the clients who gave their trust and money to a start-up business. We won’t let any of them down and will continue to push as hard as we can to make this an increasingly successful business”, Ned Phillips, CEO and Founder of Bambu, comments.

Bambu’s founding team members – 2017
Bambu’s founding team members – 2017

L-R: (Top) Pierre Valentin, Shabber Abbas, Jerson John, Alex Conrad, Matius Hariman & Aki Ranin (Bottom): Laura Pereira, Violy Purnamasari , Ned Phillips & Madeline Pranatio

Missing: Qi Yu & Rohith Thatchan

Recently, Bambu announced a collaborative research programme into applications of Deep Learning and Neural Networks in Finance. These tools have an incredible potential in simplifying and automating financial processes, that are currently complicated and cost-prohibitive. Bambu’s dedicated research and development team offers over 50 years of experienced and are based across Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore.

Bambu is in a fortunate position to be an early leader in the field of digital wealth as finance is being reshaped all around us. “With our range of skills across finance, tech, wealth, and neural networks, we plan to lead the change in Asia by providing our customers with the best technology and products that we can offer”, said Ned.