Hello! So, before I introduce the 4 inspiring female entrepreneurs in this list, let me shed some light on what’s common between them.
In this self-acclaimed modern world, female entrepreneurs still struggle to escape corporate stereotypes. It is hard to imagine a woman in a managerial role without doubting her family stability, personality and beliefs. BUT.. here are 4 women who made a break through from all stereotypes.
We are celebrating women who turned stones in their favour. They found the missing puzzle piece and created a beautiful picture for themselves. They focused on their weaknesses and converted them into a success story – depression, love for chocolate, peculiar fashion sense and lack of working space. Let’s inspire ourselves to make the best of our weakness by reading their stories!
1. Krystal Choo — Founder of Wander
“I’ve always been interested in tech as well — very, very fascinated by machines in general. So I don’t know where it started. I think it was a curiosity thing. I think there’s a romance — especially the founders who create instead of clone – we are all very romantic. We believe in an ideal that doesn’t yet exist, and we want to create.” – as quoted by Krystal Choo in Next Shark.
Wander – the social group messaging travel app that connects strangers for travelling adventures.
Female tech entrepreneur is a bizarre notion in a male-dominated industry. Krystal believed in her love and admiration for technology and brought it to live. She launched her first company after graduating from college, and established four companies by the age of 27. She adapted her biggest challenge to a business success. After suffering from depression all her life, she channeled this to develop an app which helps strangers get together.
2. Lyn Lee — Founder of Awfully Chocolate
“I said I have to create something I’m looking for and – having lived my whole life here in this very cosmopolitan city – I can’t believe that I can’t find a simple dark chocolate cake that I can just eat whenever I want to and not feel sick.” – Lyn Lee in BBC
Who hasn’t heard of Awfully Chocolate? It is my birthday and PMS ritual; their chocolate cake is to die for.
The F&B industry in Singapore is extremely volatile, with a high fallout rate. Even with the competition of setting up a cake shop (with one product), nothing stopped her from stomping the globe with her successful franchises in Shanghai and Jakarta, which was especially hard to achieve during the Asian Financial Crisis with a background in law.
3. Elim Chew — Founder of 77th Street
“I am also driven by my teacher’s belief in me: when I was thirteen, I told her that I wanted to be a millionaire and everyone laughed at me because I couldn’t study well.” – Elim Chew in High Net Worth.
77th Street – Singapore’s leading fashion icon for fast fashion.
Most of you would know about 77th Street in various shopping malls. 77th Street is the where I bought my first dream catcher, fake tattoo and scarf. The story started in 1988, when Elim Chew fought with Singapore’s stereotypical fashion scene. She carved a niche target audience, and introduced them to her punk and rock-style clothing; which slowly changed the face of fashion in Singapore. Elim Chew believed in empowering the youth to express their individualism, which translated to her success.
4. Michaela Anchan — Founder of Woolf Works
“I’m not at all anti-men, I’m just pro-women! It’s outrageous in this day and age that women are still struggling to return to the workforce after maternity leave, and are still paying a career penalty for having babies that men don’t even have to consider.” – as quoted by Michaela Anchan in Expat Living Singapore.
Michaela Anchan is a creative writing and aspiring entrepreneur. When she migrated to Singapore in 2011, she realised that the key to succeeding either with her writing or business would be to stay away from distractions and interruptions at home. This epiphany encouraged her to look out for studio office for mums to share as it would be convenient to work alongside women who understand you. However, she did not come across a co-working space that catered her needs. Therefore, she started her own space and built a community of diverse and creative women. Read what she has to say to new entrepreneurs here!
When I came across their stories, they were nothing less than inspiring.
Share with us what you found inspiring about these entrepreneurs and what is your key lesson? Do you think you should start your own company? We really want to know! 🙂
Apekshya is an eternal panda. She loves to eat, sleep and then eat some more. In her spare time, she writes, then sleeps again. She also constantly dreams about being a superstar, and then eats (because she is not). If you understand her pain, she is open to receiving chocolates on a daily basis.