2nd Annual H.E.R Asia Summit 2018 Was A Blast

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The recent 2nd H.E.R Asia Summit 2018 held on 26 September 2018 convened more than 200 over entrepreneurs, leaders and investors from various industry sectors, from retail, technology, manufacturing to education and consultancy, among many others across Asia Pacific at the Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre, Singapore.

The theme for the year was Grow and Digitalise your Business for Future Success. It was graced by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth as the Guest-of-Honour and the keynote session was presented by May Ooi, Former Olympian, Entrepreneur and ONE Athlete from ONE Championship.

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The panel discussions were contributed by more than 20 over speakers who are of C-suite level and Founders of SMEs such as The Soup Spoon, 4Fingers, Scanteak, Riverwood, ezbuy, Acumen Research Laboratories, DUA Group, Ducatus, Bloomdale, ohmyhome, and Tinkerlust. Session topics included Scaling Up and Growth Strategies, New Generation Businesses, and Navigating Digital Disruptions. And there was a sharing by the Business Advisors from the SME Centre on the possible government support schemes for SMEs.

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The round-table discussions were hosted by facilitators such as Simone Heng, Radio Presenter from 95FM, Dr Anna Fong, IP Strategist, IP Value Lab, Singapore, Ezann Su, Head, Business Finance, Moolahsense, Singapore, and Ramesh V. Raghavan, Vice Chairman, BANSEA, Singapore. Topics included Harnessing Your IP Assets, Fuelling your SME Growth, Funding and Capital Raising Strategies in Asia, and Personal Branding Strategies for Business Success.

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Sponsors and exhibitors of the event included Oracle Netsuite, Ducatus, IP Value Lab, Tokio Marine, ZACD/SLP, Moolahsense, 361 Degree Consultancy, Les Perfume and many more.

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There were several government agencies and non-profit organisations involved such as e2i, MSF (OWD), SNEF, SCWO, SME Centre of Singapore @SMCCI and many more.

The platform believes in giving back and part of the proceeds from the event would be utilised to provide free entrepreneurship programs for marginalised women in Singapore from low income families.

The event was covered by Channel News Asia and was featured on News 5 and had received positive feedback from the attendees and speakers alike.

“It has been a very impressive lineup of speakers. It’s a wonderful format with speeches and panel discussions that are touching on many minimized issues. I think, everything is organized at a very professional level. So, I’ll definitely come back again next year.” – Steen Puggaard, Former CEO, 4Fingers Crispy Chicken

“Well, I think it is a fantastic event and I think all Entrepreneurs should come out here and especially the female ones because it empowers women. It’s great to be able to connect people with the same mindset and not just entrepreneurs. You know, there are people who are thinking of getting there but they are not quite there yet; and there are people who are just starting and there.” – May Ooi, Former Olympian, Entrepreneur and ONE Athlete from ONE Championship

“What was amazing watching the last panel was that all the entrepreneurs are all from different markets. So, we have a woman from Indonesia, a woman of Chinese background. I thought that that it was really fantastic. It wasn’t just Singapore entrepreneurs because of course, our digital market place here and the direct consumers in Singapore is not as many people where somewhere in Indonesia and Mainland China are facing a whole lot of different problems in terms of scale. So, I think that was great that the panels were not just Singaporean entrepreneurs but regional.” – Simone Heng, Radio presenter, 95FM, Mediacorp

With the positive reviews and testimonials, H.E.R Asia Summit will be returning next year on 29 August 2019 in Singapore.

Great news is, H.E.R Entrepreneur is going regional and will be launching H.E.R Malaysia Summit on October 2019 and H.E.R Philippines Summit in 2020.

The H.E.R Network membership was launched for the Singapore market on-site to gather the network more regularly for workshops, LearnXNetworking sessions and the yearly summits from 2019.

The whole impetus for H.E.R Entrepreneur is to inspire, educate and empower women entrepreneurs and leaders. The platform attracts both male and female entrepreneurs as they encourage diversity and inclusion in its programs.

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For inquiry on membership or any other queries, do contact us at

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Our Singapore Women Warriors

Chatri Sityodtong was speaking at the H.E.R Asia Summit few weeks back on the 1 November 2017 as he shared about how he revolutionised the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sport and groomed women competitors like the likes of Angela Lee and May Ooi, to rise and succeed in the male-dominated sport. Besides the groomed athletes who are his women warriors, he shared briefly about how his mother raised him up single-handedly when his father left the family. It was such an inspirational speech as he shared about his rags-to-riches stories.
As I have never been to a MMA match, I could only imagine and thought it must be somewhat like a typical national sports match in the stadium?
Apparently not!
We were thankful for being invited to watch the One Championship match (Thanks to the One Championship team): Immortal Pursuit on Friday,  24 November 2017 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And I was awed by the amount of detail and effort in pulling off such a fantastic “show”. It was such an eye-opening experience and it changed my perspective!
It was more like an entertaining “show” than a boring match-after-match tournament with guest singers like Tabitha Nauser performing and every fighter was highlighted like a comic super star, with a nickname that best describes them or a signature look or move.
The display of the fighters’ stories and background on screen was fascinating. The fighters were all displayed like a comic superstar fighter before they appear walking down the ramp with their flags to the cage. They did really well in personal branding in this case.
We were hoping to see Angela Lee and we did! It was unfortunate that she had to give up this match due to her recent accident.
We were waiting eagerly for our Singaporean athletes and the first was contender Tiffany “No Chill” Teo, who was up against India’s Puja Tomar. Teo defeated Tomar in the first round via armbar. You could hear the “lions” roar when Teo won the match.

“No Chill” Teo winning the match!
The next Singaporean athlete was Former Singapore Olympian and champion swimmer turned martial artist, “Mighty” May Ooi. She battled with Cambodia’s “Pretty Punch” Vy Srey Khouch and defeated her with a bout-ending choke. Fellow Singaporeans were once again roaring with pride! “We have fighters…Hopefully for an early Christmas present, I’m looking for a title shot sometime next year,”Ooi exclaimed.


Interview with “Mighty” May Ooi
Our third Singaporean athlete was Amir Khan, who outlasted Adrian Pang, a battle-tested veteran from Australia who is more than a decade older than Khan. Khan’s moves where unforgiving with his consistent punches and head kicks. “Adrian Pang is one hell of a fighter, he may old in age but he has a heart of a young lion.” exclaimed Pang.

Khan with the Singapore flag
Local singer and DJ Tabitha Nauser led the National Anthem and we could observe the beaming faces of the audience.

The show ended with confetti in the air and there was so much energy. It was such an exciting and heart-thumbing performance that our discussion about it continued as we headed back home. (There was an after-event party at 1-Altitude which we missed though)
Kudos to our women warriors. We are all looking forward to the next match!

 Posing with the ONE belt

Written by Renee Tan, Founder & MD of Rendeur, H.E.R Entrepreneur. Renee inspires, educate and empower aspiring women entrepreneurs, besides educating corporate professionals in excelling in functional skill sets such as sales, marketing, customer service, exhibition strategies and communication skills.