On the 23rd of September 2020, we launched a book, Entrepreneurship Unlimited, exploring 17 life stories of local entrepreneurs who have brought their business beyond the shores of our sunny Singapore to commemorate Halogen Foundation Singapore’s 17th Anniversary. The stories reflect the personal journeys of these entrepreneurs, uncovering the challenges they faced and how they overcame the odds to carve a name for themselves.
These stories featuring ShopBack, Charles & Keith, Activa Media, Eu Yan Sang, Versafleet, Janice Wong, 8M Collective Singapore, Fly Entertainment, HOPE Technik, Bynd Artisan, Greenology, Reebonz, Jean Yip Singapore, Comcrop and Unik, serve to inspire a generation to look beyond the present moment and dream of a better future together.
Accompanying the launch of this publication, we hosted a series of closed door fireside chats as part of the pay-it-forward movement, where access to each chat was granted with the purchase of three or more Entrepreneurship Unlimited books. To kickstart the book launch, we hosted Cynthia Chua of the popular Spa Esprit Group for a candid interview where she shared about her experience of leading as an entrepreneur.
Our series of Fireside Chats featured guest speakers from a broad diversity of industries ranging across: entertainment, artificial intelligence, technology, education, real estate and bio-engineering.
At our very first Fireside Chat we hosted Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman and CEO of OneChampionship, who shared about his belief in entrepreneurship as the great equaliser. Known for his grit and determination to overcome any adversity, Chatri emphasised on the significance of instilling hope and building dreams by nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset in the younger generations. To Chatri, entrepreneurship is a teachable skill which can give our youths the power to break free of the shackles that hold them back.
Founder, Chairman & CEO
At our second Fireside Chat, we hosted Ong Chih Ching, Executive Chairman and Executive Director of KOP Limited. Known for her visionary leadership, Chih Ching speaks about the importance of finding and leveraging on a mentor, both in one’s life as well as one’s career. She strongly believes in actively seeking out challenges and learning from experiences. Expanding personal perspectives and broadening one’s horizons through being both a mentor and a mentee herself, she encourages us all to do the same!
Ong Chih Ching
Executive Director & Executive Chairman
At our third Fireside Chat, we hosted Dr. Ayesha Khanna of ADDO AI and 21C GIRLS. Dr Ayesha shared about how one’s strength lies in their network. From how to get ready for the future of work, to being an intrapreneur by thinking innovatively within a company, to the intersection between passion and work, Dr Ayesha emphasized on the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone to build connections.
Dr. Ayesha Khanna
At our fourth Fireside Chat, we hosted Roshni Mahtani, Founder and CEO of theasianparent.com, who shared about finding her ‘ikigai’. Emphasising the importance of finding one’s purpose in what one does in their day-to-day lives, Roshni shared the source of her strength and motivation that kept her going through the toughest of times throughout her career, her ‘ikigai’. Contrary to popular belief, Roshni believes that you too can find your ‘ikigai’ while making money, it doesn’t always have to be one or the other!
Founder & CEO
At our final Fireside Chat, we hosted Dr Sandhya Sriram, CEO and Co-Founder of ShiokMeats, who shared about her experience hustling as an entrepreneur. As someone who walks the talk, Dr Sandhya speaks about the mindset and the attitude one should adopt whilst on their entrepreneurship journey, emphasising on the importance of humility and empathy alongside accountability. She shared about her personal journey, transitioning from a specialist in the scientific research field, to a generalist founding and running a homegrown startup.
CEO & Co-Founder
This series of Fireside Chats accompanying the launch of Entrepreneurship Unlimited also provided an opportunity for our interns to step up to moderate the conversations, a rare opportunity to engage directly with entrepreneurs from all walks of life. It was an immeasurable learning experience for all who were part of the conversation on nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation.