Two years ago, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful businesses in and from Singapore.
What do all of The Finder Expatpreneur Awardees have in common? Beyond just showing admirable vision and drive, their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s own core mission.
Read more about these Special Award winners, below! (Images: Darren Chang)
As the longest-running publication for expats in Singapore – started by two British expats in 1993 to provide trusted business listings to fellow foreigners – The Finder was founded on entrepreneurship and serving the community.
So, for its third edition of the Expatpreneur Awards, The Finder again assembled a panel of esteemed judges, including founder and principal researcher at Expat Research and Singapore University of Social Sciences senior lecturer Dr. Yvonne McNulty, who is credited with coining the term “expat-preneur” in 2015, as well as Angela Torres-Andresen, Founder and Executive Director of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. (Tip: Click to slide 19 in the gallery, below, to read more about our judges.)
Now, drum roll, please! These are this year’s incredibly inspiring, impressive and deserving Expatpreneur Award winners. They are featured in Issue 298 of The Finder, which you can download for free. (How exactly did they win? Find out on slide 20.)
Sarah and Bo Pinel, Co-founders, Tekkie Help
Amy Bell, Co-founder, The Meat Club
Charlie Scott, Co-founder and CEO, SIR Move Services
Stephanie Dickson, Founder and CEO, Green Is The New Black
John Marcarian, Founder, CST Tax Advisors and Expatland Global Network
Dean Brettschneider, Founder, Baker Boy + CEO, Baker & Cook, Plank Sourdough Pizza, Mo & Jo Sourdough Burgers +Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School
Nicola Bradley and Samantha Shorten, Co-founders and Co-owners, Ten Feet Tall
Claire Chabrières, Founder and Owner, ShiokFarm
Johnson Chong, Founder, Sagehouse
Katrien Bollen and Jonathan Roelandts, Co-founders and Co-owners, Soul & Tables
Charlotte Puxley, Florist and Director, Charlotte Puxley Flowers
Kara Bensley-Austin, Founder and Owner, The WYLD Shop
Constance Mandefield and Tuyen Lamy, Co-founders, Alcheme Skincare
Joyce Coenraads, Founder, Deer Industries
Isadora Noble, Co-founder and Co-owner, Pop Up Wine
Ellie Sakrzewski, Founder, The Big Blow
James Hindle, Founder and Director, Portobello Reclaimed
Natasha Cullen, Director and Founder, Beloved Bumps
Dr. Yvonne McNulty
Dr. McNulty gets credit for coining the term “expat-preneur” in 2015, and has consulted on The Finder’s Expatpreneur Awards since their beginning in 2017. From Australia, this award-winning international business scholar is a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
As Founder and Executive Director of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, commercial law specialist Angela knows what it takes to run a business in SG – she’s been doing it since 2015! Today, her LatAmCham serves as an innovative platform matching the interests of Latin American and Southeast Asian businesses.
Publisher Eileen Chia has more than 20 years of media experience. With The Finder since 2016, she was recently also named Publisher of iconic women’s magazine – and fellow SPH Magazines title – Her World. She is the epitome of our “global local” reader, as she’s worked abroad and celebrates diverse people everywhere.
To be selected to be an Expatpreneur Award candidate, nominated business owners must meet specific criteria, including:
•Their business or businesses must have been founded or co-founded by an expatriate currently living in Singapore.
•Said business(es) must be an original concept, not an existing franchise founded by someone other than the nominee(s).
•The business(es) must be registered with Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and earn a taxable income (i.e., be profitable).
•The business(es) must help expats and/or Singaporeans “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s own core mission.
Then, our judging panel scores their required submissions to help determine each year’s winners. In addition, six Special Awards are given to winners deemed exceptional in specific areas, based on provided testimonials, etc.
To nominate your favourite expat-owned businesses for next year’s awards, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January, 2020!
VOTE for your favourite Expatpreneur Awardee for a chance to WIN big!
Our first-ever “Reader Favourite” contest is open to anyone who lives in Singapore. Simply select the winner who most helps you “live well in Singapore”. Bonus: Voters get a chance to win a staycation with Park Regis Singapore. We’ll announce the “Reader Favourite” in June 2019. (Note: Voting ends 27 May, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.) To cast your vote, click here!
By Mizah Salik, The Finder Issue 298
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