SINGAPORE, 11 July 2018 – Today, 14 outstanding women entrepreneurs from various industries, ranging from healthcare and education (Dr Gan See Khem, Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Health Management Intl Ltd) to offshore oil and gas engineering (Rachel Wong Mai Kim, Managing Director, Marunda Utama Engineering Pte Ltd) and beauty (Cheryl Wee, Founder, Cheryl W Wellness & Weight Management), were honoured for their distinguished excellence and contribution to the community at the second Women Entrepreneur Awards (WEA) 2018. It is also the first year that the WEA has included a new Stellar category to award promising women leaders championing the start-up economy. This is in addition to the Supernova, Nova and Pulsar categories, which aims to recognize inspiring women entrepreneurs who have provided tremendous contributions to the business and social community.
All winners from the four categories will go on to join the Women Entrepreneur Club, allowing them access to high net-worth networking events and mentoring opportunities with Knowledge Partner EY Singapore.
Guest of Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister, Ministry of Manpower and Second Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, who was present at the WEA gala to give out awards, comments, “I am pleased to join a room of exceptional women tonight, in celebrating their achievements and contributions to the economy. Women in Singapore have achieved much. Today, more doors have opened for our generation of women to reach their fullest potential. But the challenge has shifted from a lack of career opportunity to a lack of support at home, and we as society believe that women should have the ability to pursue their dreams without having to comprise. Therefore, the Singapore Government is committed to empowering women through choice.
Each day, we meet or know many fellow women leaders who are great in their own ways, juggling professional work and family, while keeping their own knowledge current. The WEA serves as a unifying platform, bringing together women entrepreneurs with a different set of challenges building and leading successful businesses.”
Ms Stephanie Cheo, Chairperson of the WEA, elaborates, “The WEA was started two years back when we saw a need to provide women entrepreneurs a closer network for support and inspiration. The WEA, together with the Women Entrepreneur (WE) Club, has grown in strength since our inauguration, and we have reached out to many women entrepreneurs in the business community in just two years. This year, we recognized the growing trend of women entrepreneurs turning to lead in start-ups and how they have succeeded in that category. That is why we expanded our base to include this group of dynamic leaders in our awards. We have big plans for the WEA to go regional next year into markets such as Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia, where women leaders can gain wider access to their peers in Asia.”
14 WEA Award Winners across emerging industries
The overall winners, including Dr Gan See Khem, Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Health Management Intl Ltd, for Supernova, Yvon Bock, Founder & Managing Director, Hegen Pte Ltd, for Nova, Rachel Wong Mai Kin, Managing Director, Marunda Utama Engineering Pte Ltd, for overall Pulsar winner and Sng Khai Lin, Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer, Fundnel Pte Ltd, for Stellar-Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur, emerged from a pool of more than 30 nominees who have run companies of less than $1 million turnover to established firms with more than $100 million. They were chosen by a panel of luminaries, including Ms Claire Chiang, Co-founder, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Ms Tin Pei Ling and Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Members of Parliament and Ms Chew Mok Lee, Assistant Chief Executive, Enterprise Singapore, just to mention a few.
Supernova – Dr Gan See Khem, Executive Chairman & Managing Director,
Health Management Intl Ltd
As Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Health Management International Ltd, Dr Gan has been instrumental in spearheading the Group’s successful healthcare and education business since 1999. Under her leadership, the company has been officially listed on the Singapore Exchange mainboard and expanded to key regional markets, including Malaysia and Indonesia. In the social community, Dr Gan actively serves on the Malaysia-Singapore Business Council. In the past, she was the first woman President of the Singapore Gan Clan Association, one of the first few women at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry council in 1995 and a former Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore.
The Supernova recognizes inspiring women leaders who run and own a successful business, and is well respected in the community for her vast contributions to both the nation and society. The recipient is nominated and elected by the consensus of the judging panel.
Nova – Yvon Bock, Founder & Managing Director, Hegen Pte Ltd (Overall Winner)
Ms Bock, Founder and Managing Director of mother care brand Hegen Pte Ltd, discovered a gap in the market for sustainable, practical and high-quality breastfeeding products to meet the different needs of a growing child and provide mothers with an integrated solution for breastfeeding. The brand’s award-winning and revolutionary Express-Store-Feed system now retails across Asia, the United States and the United Kingdom, with plans to launch in at least 35 markets by 2020.
The Nova is awarded to women entrepreneurs who have been operating the business for a period of more than 5 years with at least $10 million revenue, and demonstrate outstanding leadership in the growth of their business.
Pulsar – Rachel Wong Mai Kim, Managing Director, Marunda Utama Engineering Pte Ltd
As the Managing Director of Marunda Utama Engineering Pte Ltd, Ms Wong thrives in a male-dominated industry, after overseeing the successful turnabout of a company in heavy debt. Today, Marunda Utama Engineering is an approved and registered service provider for the Singapore and United States governments, specifically working with Singapore Public Utilities Board & Port of Singapore Authority, US Navy’s Military Sealift Command and Commonwealth Logistic Western Pacific, as well as the oil and gas industry.
The Pulsar is awarded to women who have been operating the business for a period of at least 5 years with revenue of $1 million but not exceeding $10 million, and showcase strong entrepreneurial qualities in business development.
Other winners of the Pulsar category include:
Cheryl Wee, Founder, Cheryl W Wellness & Weight Management,
Jayne Jayanti Nadarajoo, Founding Director, Melbourne Specialist International School,
Lily Kew, Director, Kew Organics and
Pauline Ng, Managing Director, Porcelain Pte Ltd.
Stellar – Sng Khai Lin, Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer, Fundnel Pte Ltd
(Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur)
Ms Sng, Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer of Fundnel Pte Ltd, pioneered Singapore’s first fintech company to provide private equity and equity-related investment opportunities to its network of investors. Coming from a background of investment banking, Ms Sng saw an opportunity to use technology to facilitate transactions so that everything is more transparent, more efficient and more effective. The company is now making great strides toward changing the way in which people in the private market invest.
The Stellar is awarded to the most promising entrepreneurs who have been operating the business for the period of no more than 5 years, open to both tech and non-tech startups.
Other winners of the Stellar category include:
S Gayathri, Director, Premier’s Tea Moods Pte Ltd,
Jamie Tan, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Flying Cape Pte Ltd,
Amutha Saravanan, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Da Vinci Group Pte Ltd,
Dato Dr Grace Kong, Co-Founder, Aladdin Street Pte Ltd,
Rilla Melati Bahri, Co-Founder & Director of Creative Content Development, Mini Monsters Limited and
Jaz Tan, The Thinker (Chief Operating Officer), Platform 1094.