It is an entrepreneur’s dream to go big. But the path from an idea to mass impact can be daunting to say the least. This can be even more challenging as we live in a volatile world, with a global pandemic, the needs to keep up with sustainability requirements and a pending economic depression.
So how does a business owner manage the uncertainty and deal with unexpected challenges? We ask three very different entrepreneurs – Anuskha Purohit of Breer, Christian Secci of Alfred 24 and serial entrepreneur Emma Pike, founder of Terra Madre and Free Spirit – to share their experiences in building and scaling their businesses. Emery Fung, the founder and host of Awkward Turtle At Work will moderate this discussion on their successes, hardships and what they did when things didn’t go to plan!
Co-Founder of Breer
Passionate, proactive and perseverant, Anushka is a young entrepreneur who is also a polyglot, being able to speak 5 languages including Cantonese and Mandarin. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Breer and CoronAI, and CTO and Co-founder of StayK. Currently studying Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, she wants to use her position to make a positive difference in the world, and inspire others to do the same.
Co-Founder & Group CEO, Alfred24
Christian is an entrepreneur with international experience who loves connecting people and ideas, adventure endurance running on the Hong Kong trails, and lives by the motto “I travel, I observe, I learn.” He has developed projects in more than 20 countries spanning four continents, gaining rich experience working with people in culturally diverse environments. In 2013, he started a business venture in Asia with the listed parcel locker firm InPost (AMS: INPST), an exciting journey intersecting three different industries: e-commerce, logistics, and retail. Following InPost’s decision to downsize its investments in Asia and exit the Hong Kong market in 2015, he set up “Alfred24” to build sustainable delivery networks around the globe and to make deliveries sustainable, efficient, and convenient for all.
Founder of Terra Madre and Free Spirit
After leaving school at 15 to start her first company, her passion for seeking new opportunities and launching businesses has enabled her to achieve her dream of becoming a serial entrepreneur.
From selling sand on Bondi beach to tourists to now owning and running several business including one of Hong Kong’s leading online butcher stores, a restaurant in Singapore and an alcohol free business in Singapore, Emma has worn multiple hats through the years.
She took her online butcher from Hong Kong and expanded it to Singapore and has since merged it into a restaurant business which has been a challenging yet great experience. She also launched Free Spirit, Singapore’s First Alcohol Free Bottle Shop at the end of 2020.
Alongside her business commitments, Emma is a keen sportsperson, supports a number of charities and is a big fan of supporting fellow entrepreneurs.
Host of Awkward Turtle At Work
Emery is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, especially for the LGBT+ community. ‘Coming out’ on LinkedIn as Transgender has taught Emery the power of lived experiences and representation in the business world.
Since then Emery has become a TEDx speaker and a podcast host – The Awkward Turtle At Work. An interview style podcast that talks to people who choose to pursue an unconventional career path in order to be their authentic self.
During the day, Emery is a corporate recruiter which gives him a great insight to what other businesses across APAC are doing in efforts to hiring and DEI work.