(images: Phyllicia Wang)
If you haven’t heard about the Expatpreneur Awards yet, we do hope you’ve been living under a rock.
Started in 2017 by The Finder – the longest-running publication for expats in Singapore, just SYK – these annual awards honour successful expat business owners in Singapore who help people live well here.
The months-long nomination and judging process, and unveiling of this year’s 22 winners in The Finder’s Issue 298, culminated in a special, four-course networking lunch at mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore for the honourees and honoured guests.
Click here to see who attended, check out the exclusive event video below and then browse through the gallery below that for all of the juicy bits.
Held in a stylish private dining room at mezza9, The Finder team created a welcoming entry for our 32 special guests.
Information about the winners showed on large TVs, and attendees were encouraged to take Issue 298 of the magazine plus others.
The Finder‘s Contributing Editorial Assistant Melodi Ghui sets up the place cards before attendees arrived.
Winner Isadora Noble of Pop Up Wine discusses Issue 298 with The Finder‘s Advertising Manager Jasmine Kok.
Expatpreneur of the Year Dean Brettschneider of Baker & Cook and multiple other successful ventures in Singapore with his guest Angela Stone, who came all the way from New Zealand.
Before the ceremonies began, the Awards certificates and delicious favours provided by mezza9 stood at attention.
EIC Sara began with some remarks about the Awards, and acknowledged the contributions of this year’s esteemed judges: Dr. Yvonne McNulty of the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Expat Research, Angela Torres-Andresen of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce Singapore and our own Publisher Eileen Chia.
Dr. Yvonne McNulty looks on as Editor Sara finishes her opening remarks. To Dr. McNulty’s left is SUSS’s PR specialist Valerie Ng.
Joyce Coenraads of Deer Industries raises her glass to toast all of the awardees and attendees before the first course is served.
The first course of lunch was a tasty wood-roasted beetroot salad with Meredith goats cheese, pickled raisins and horseradish.
A wood-roasted vine ripe tomato soup topped with basil and extra virgin olive oil was served as the second course.
Then, the winners started receiving their certificates, including Bo Pinel of Tekkie Help, who along with his co-founder and wife, Sarah (not shown here), clinched the Most Innovative Award.
The main course was thoughtfully served towards the end of the certificate ceremony. The grilled Hereford striploin with sauce béarnaise was flanked by a baked half Maine lobster “Thermidor style” plus root vegetables and button mushrooms. Yum!
We were happy to treat these hard-working professionals to a nice, relaxing lunch and the opportunity to network with their peers.
Samantha of Ten Feet Tall and Awards Judge Angela clap as the final Special Award winner receives his certificate.
The last course: dessert! It was a decadent chocolate sphere featuring walnut daquoise, salted caramel, la Esmiralda single origin chocolate mousse, kirsch Chantilly cream and dark cherry sauce.
Publisher Eileen and Editor-in-Chief Sara alongside judges Angela and Dr. McNulty.
The Finder team, whose hard work makes the Awards happen every year, and this year’s event extra special (from left): Marketing Head Patricia Ong, Advertising Manager Jasmine, Publisher Eileen, Editor-in-Chief Sara, Marketing Executive Chelsea Chng and Contributing Editorial Assistant Melodi.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s Expatpreneur Awards, and meeting more impressive expat business people doing great work in SG. Go and nominate your favourite expat-owned business in Singapore, while you’re feeling inspired!
About The Finder Expatpreneur Awards
In 2017, The Finder debuted its first-ever Expatpreneur Awards to honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore. In 2018, 23 expats were awarded for their tremendous dedication. This 2019, a new batch of 22 Expatpreneur Awardees have been unveiled! All of them have one thing in common: Their brands help people “live well in Singapore” – The Finder’s core mission.
By Sara Lyle Bow, June 2019
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