WATCH THIS SPACE | The Ups And Downs Of Building A Company From Scratch

Singapore may measure barely 50km from end to end, but we pack a big punch when it comes to business. Join this conversation as we speak with two founders who have made ripples on the world stage. From building a multi-million fashion empire to breaking new ground by offering affordable ergonomics, our flag has never been flown this high.


18 January, Wednesday

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Moderated by
Elliott Danker
Senior Producer-Presenter, MONEY FM 89.3

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Industry Panelist
Rachel Lim
Co-Founder, Love, Bonito

Rachel Lim is the co-founder of Southeast Asia's leading womenswear brand Love, Bonito. Having started the business online at 19 when e-commerce was at its infancy, she revolutionised the spheres of online retail, redefined the fashion scene in Singapore and grew her blogshop outfit into a multi-million dollar international label. She believes that Love, Bonito is not just in the business of fashion, but ultimately in the business of women, with a mission to empower the everyday Asian woman. Rachel has headlined at notable international conferences and was honoured by Forbes as Asia's 30 under 30 in 2016 and by Tatler Asia as Asia's Most Influential in 2021. She welcomed her bundle of joy in December 2020.



Industry Panelist
Jason Lin
Founder, APOL Singapore

Jason Lin, an alumnus of Singapore Polytechnic, is the founder of APOL Singapore. In 2019 when Jason started working full time, he realised that there were no comfortable chairs available for him to sit for long hours and be productive at work. To solve this, Jason and his co-founders decided to start selling gaming chairs that cater to the different body needs of consumers. Equipped with a business and engineering background, Jason was able to identify the consumers' pain points and constantly create new innovative ergonomic products. In the past four years, APOL has expanded and risen to be one of the top gaming chair companies in the Singapore market, with sales exceeding more than 10,000.




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