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A Match Made in NFT: Kinobi partners F(DEV) to develop NFTs from the Philippines

We are bringing you success stories of collaborations between our corporations and future-thinking startups. Kinobi joined forces with F(DEV), a leading Philippine venture-builder in web3 and the metaverse space, to develop an immersive curriculum that demystifies and empowers more Filipinos to create, launch, and mint NFTs that showcase local talent and culture.

About F(DEV)

F(DEV) is the premiere corporate-led venture builder in the Philippines — the company takes a startup idea from lab to market scale-up rapidly. F(DEV)’s mission is simple -- to serve massively underserved markets, empower communities, and transform industries through technology-based business models. Backed by the Filinvest conglomerate, F(DEV) leverages its extensive resources and ecosystem to deliver light speed and sustained acceleration to new ventures. The team brings together deep experiences from tech startups and the corporate world and is led by seasoned entrepreneurs, product specialists, venture operators, data mavens, designers & engineers.

About Kinobi

Kinobi is a platform that aims to bridge the education last mile for Gen Z youths; helping the transition smoothly from finishing formal education to beginning a career. In less than a year, the platform has over 150,000 students from over 200 universities across Southeast Asia. Kinobi’s Z Career Management Platform is used by more than 51 universities.

The Partnership

It is estimated that over 4.3 million people, which is 4% of the Philippines’ total population, currently own cryptocurrency. The Philippines also ranked first in NFT ownership out of 20 surveyed countries. And yet, there is little understanding of how to get into the creator and community-building aspect of the NFT market. F(DEV) partnered with Kinobi to provide tools for creators and entrepreneurs with a deep understanding of NFTs, and create opportunities to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs through the platform.


  • Started discussions in October 2021

  • Firmed up curriculum, materials, and mentors for the course from November 2021 to February 2021

  • Marketed the course February 2021

  • Started the 5-week course on Mar 5, 2022

Key Takeaways

  • Regular check-in meetings move projects forward.

    • This ensures that goals from both parties are aligned as we go from planning to executing the project.

  • Don’t be afraid to pivot.

    • How the project was ideated may be different from how it is eventually executed. We must learn to adapt to the market needs.

  • Contribute using each other’s strengths

    • Both partners have strengths they can contribute to making the project a success.

How Plug and Play Can Help

Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform, bringing together the best startups and the world’s largest corporations. Collaborating with startups is a great source of inspiration and innovation, but it can also be a challenge at times. Let us show you how to adopt the concept of open innovation to help your business succeed.


Kinobi is part of our GIA Manila Acceleration Program Batch 1 which seeks to help Singaporean startups expand their market reach to the largest emerging market economies in Southeast Asia.

The GIA is an initiative of Enterprise Singapore (ESG), in partnership with IMDA. Comprising a network of Singapore and overseas partners in major innovation hubs and key demand markets, GIA programmes focus on technology and innovation. Plug and Play is Singapore’s GIA Partner in Jakarta and Manila.

Find out more about our GIA Manila program here.


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