Lisa von Ortenberg, Founder of LvO Boutique

Lisa von Ortenberg, Founder of LvO Boutique

“Running a business takes a lot of personal growth and stamina. One of the most important lessons was not to take things personally anymore. I used to care a lot what other people might think about me. However, it's definitely more fruitful if you use the energy of any feedback to better get to know your market. Another one: Start with the one task that annoys (or scares) you the most.”

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.”

Mazing Lee, Co-founder of Lify Wellness

Mazing Lee, Co-founder of Lify Wellness

“Our core product is the world’s first smart herbal brewer that provides a personalised wellness tea experience on demand. Equipped with an AI wellness recommendation engine and a wide range of wellness tea blends in pod format, Lify brewer delivers a cup of perfect tea in under 45 seconds with one-touch of button, thanks to our patented brewing technology. ” 

Kimberly Arth & Lauren Lin, Co-Founders of PIVOT

Kimberly Arth & Lauren Lin, Co-Founders of PIVOT

“As a small business, it is really important to identify the roles that are crucial to the business. This will provide the most leverage to the team, since budget is always a factor. As a lean team, we have worked with contractors for projects or initiatives that were time sensitive or needed a certain level of expertise. That has been really helpful in terms of scaling the business in a cost-efficient manner.”