Yosha Gupta, Founder of Memeraki

Yosha Gupta, Founder of Memeraki

“Folk art has been practised for generations in families and these artists are masters of their craft. Folk art used to be a beautiful immersive experience incorporating music, dance and storytelling along with the art. Sadly these arts are now dying for the lack of people knowing about them and for us our artists are the heroes of our brand and hence our effort to shine the spotlight on them. From telling their story and writing about them to working closely with them and giving them design inputs and training them, everything about our work is about our artists and we want the world to experience the beautiful art and stories from our artists.”

Dr Anastasia Belikova, Founder of Modern Woman Festival

Dr Anastasia Belikova, Founder of Modern Woman Festival

“Are you prepared to be woken up at 3 am by thoughts about your project? Because you will not be able to stop mentally trolling after the most ridiculous minute details of your business at all hours of the day and night. Are you prepared to enter in a long-term committed relationship with FOMO? Because you will be missing a lot of social fun things. Are you prepared to kiss stability good-bye? Because things that you thought were rock-solid will crumble and things will go wrong at the most inconvenient of times.”

Emma Wallace, Founder of Emma Wallace

Emma Wallace, Founder of Emma Wallace

“Finding the right people to work with to support you on your vision and journey is key.  People that are driven for their own success, are motivated and believe in your brand. It's also important to find people who can do the parts of the business that you can’t. It's impossible to grow a business all by yourself, the pressure to know all aspects of your business is too much, and you don’t have to. Having a team with all different skills makes your business stronger and gives you the time to concentrate on what you do best.”

Miyabi Holm, Founder of Bahini

Miyabi Holm, Founder of Bahini

“The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is to not be too stubborn and to be flexible. When I first started Bahini I didn’t know all the things that I know today, and this journey has been incredibly humbling. There is a difference in having grit and blindly sticking to a plan: Bahini first started out as an idea for skincare products - and how it went from that to scarves has been a fun yet bumpy road to say the least.”

Sunaina Chand, Founder and CEO of Vivaz Luxury

Sunaina Chand, Founder and CEO of Vivaz Luxury

“My fundraising journey started in my previous career through simple saving methods. I encourage everyone who is even toying with the idea to start their own venture, to put away a percentage of their income to make their dreams a reality. I like to call it “inspirational savings” - I continue to do this even after establishing my business as we need to continuously evolve.“

Clara Teo, Founder of Sunday Bedding

Clara Teo, Founder of Sunday Bedding

“Learn to embrace imperfections and realize that you can’t do it all! Prior to running a business, I always wanted things to be executed in a certain way. What I’ve realized is that it’s more important to balance the need for perfection, with speed to market. It is far more efficient to launch something that may not be 100% perfect, get customer feedback and iterate – rather than stress out about not delivering an output that is not exactly what you envisioned.”

Iris Ip, Founder of Moni Jewellery

Iris Ip, Founder of Moni Jewellery

“Believe in yourself and build self-confidence. If you are not confident enough, you’ll break like a twig the first time you face an obstacle. Whatever you want to achieve, there will be countless barriers questioning your competences. The only way to get through them is by being confident enough that you can and will.”