SINGAPORE: Know of an inspiring woman leader with outstanding entrepreneurial qualities? Nominate her for the inaugural Women Entrepreneur Awards organized by Mediacorp and events company S. Auxano.
The awards, which are accepting nominations from Tuesday (Nov 29) till Dec 28, will have three categories: Pulsar, Nova, and Supernova.
Pulsar award nominees must have been operating a business for at least three years, with an annual turnover of between S$1 million and S$10 million, while Nova award nominees must have been operating a business for at least five years, with an annual turnover of above S$10 million.
The Supernova award is only open for nomination by the awards’ judging panel of 15, which includes well-known entrepreneur Elim Chew, Member of Parliament Tin Pei Ling, and Crescendas group chairman Lawrence Leow.
“Beyond financial performance, emphasis is placed on innovation and productivity initiatives as well as how these individuals have been able to build a strong ecosystem benefiting the stakeholders, from staff, to customers, to the community,” said Mr Leow.
Speaking at the launch of the awards on Tuesday, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung noted that Singapore is a good place for women entrepreneurs but there is scope to do better.
“While data shows that women did not vote along gender lines in the recent US elections, we know in our hearts that when we – men and women – vote for a woman political leader, or work with a women CEO, or do business with a woman entrepreneur, we quietly ask ourselves if she is a wife and mother, and if yes, do those roles suffer at the expense of professional success?” he said.
“Women carry these expectations, and are subject to such judgement. They are free to choose, but their choice also entails costs. These are the big life dilemmas that women have to make, and continue to struggle to make.”
“NOT JUST ANOTHER AWARD IN THE MARKET”
“This is not just another award in the market,” said S. Auxano CEO Stephanie Cheo. “We wanted to create a community where women could come together to support one another by organising symposiums and networking sessions for new business owners.
Ms Cheo added that there will be a six-month mentorship programme involving the three award winners. Called ‘We Club’, the programme aims to provide mentorship to marginalised females with potential education and internship opportunities.
“Today’s women play multiple roles, be it at work, in the community or at home. It is important for us to toast to the best of Singapore’s growing community of women entrepreneurs who are driving change in both the economy and the community,” said Ms Jessie Sng, Head of Men, Women and Parenting, Mediacorp.
The awards will be held once every two years, and winners of the inaugural awards will be announced in a gala dinner in March 2017.