Is your work taking over your family life? Are you looking for a work opportunity that gives you a good a work-life balance? Or are you ready to take the leap into entrepreneurship but don’t how to jumpstart it?
If you answer YES to any of the above questions, then you should read on.
At the launch of CRIB’s Women for Women initiative last week at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), the women founders of CRIB introduced us to seasoned Singaporean women entrepreneurs who will coach and mentor CRIB members and offer them support and confidence to start their own business.
CRIB, which stands for Creating Responsible and Innovative Businesses, is a social enterprise with the purpose to empower and encourage women from all walks of like to create successful and innovative businesses through networking, matchmaking and business incubation. The aim is to allow these women entrepreneurs to achieve a fulfilling work-life balance.
These iconic women entrepreneurs and brand-founders include
- Elim Chew – 77th Street
- Claire Chiang – Banyan Tree
- Anastasia Liew – Bengawan Solo
- Carolyn Kan – Carrie K
- Julia Gabriel – Julia Gabriel Education
- Cheryl Gan – Mount Sapola
- Priscilla Shunmugam – Ong Sunmugam
- Shermay Lee – Shermay’s Cooking School
- Sabrina Tan – Skin Inc
As a gesture of their support and commitment to CRIB and the CRIB Women for Women Initiative, these nine entrepreneurs have pledged products and services worth at least S$1000 to CRIB. These include hotel and spa packages, beauty treatments and educational products which will be sold to the public on CRIB’s website from June. The proceeds raised will go into CRIB Equip, an arm of CRIB which provides professional training programmes, seminars, mentorship, speaker events, business advisory and services to CRIB members seeking to advance their business ideas or existing businesses.
CRIB is Singapore’s first business and lifestyle incubator targeted at women founded by four women with distinguished resumes — business maven Tjin Lee, who is most well-known for her award-winning Mercury Group of companies as well as the popular and esteemed Audi Fashion Festival, Dr. Elaine Kim, a doctor in palliative care, Mei Chee, the Regional Head of Product Marketing for a global technology company and Marilyn Lum, the Director of Lum Wen Kay Holdings.
Done in a “speed-dating” style, I had a lovely afternoon tea fraternising with some of these successful business women who shared INSIGHTS and TIPS that led to their business success.
Cheryl Gan, Mount Sapola
Do your study. Get your hands dirty; i.e. e involved from the ground up.
Elaine Kim, Trinity Bridal in Hong Kong, Trinity Gallery in Singapore
Entrepreneurships is super hard work. It’s like having another baby that you have to tend to all the time. It is crucial to have a good team or partners to work with.
Sabrina Tan, Skin Inc
Find partner(s) that you can trust and complement your business vision and strategies.
Elim Chew, 77th Street
Get as much experience or knowledge as you can of the business that you are about to start. And network a lot to know who and where to go to for your resources.
Tjin Lee, Mercury Group of Companies
Don’t be afraid to fall. When you are broken, you come back better, stronger.
As part of the initiative, CRIB is in the midst of curating an exhibition that will feature some of Singapore’s key entrepreneurs and their stories. This exhibition will be made available to the general public in September this year.
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