Singapore-based entrepreneur Grace Clapham, bagged the Inspirational Leadership Award at the Talent Unleashed Awards 2014 which was held at the Parkroyal on Pickering on July 31, 2014.
Talent Unleashed 2014 is created by Talent International, an information technology and telecommunication company. The awards aim to recognise exceptional tech talent in the Asia Pacific region, and are judged by Sir Richard Branson and Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
Clapham beat 60 other shortlisted entrants in her category and was recognised for creating meaningful communities within the creative, entrepreneurial and social innovation space while providing support, mentorship and guidance in the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Some of her business community initiatives include Creative Mornings Singapore, She Says Singapore and Secret (W) Business.
Additionally, Clapham also set up an agency, Agent Grace, focusing on Australian businesses entering South East Asia within the travel, fashion and lifestyle industries. She continues to grow her community groups of entrepreneurs, creatives and change-makers, and build ecosystems for women entrepreneurs across Singapore, Jakarta, Bali, Bangkok, Malaysia, and soon Manila.
She is also one of six winners going to the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa for a five-day entrepreneurship workshop during Global Entrepreneur's Week.
Jacqui Whyatt, Executive General Manager of Talent International SEA, commented that Clapham's win serves as a positive sign for Singapore's already flourishing startup ecosystem.
"South East Asia, particularly Singapore, is full of budding entrepreneurs operating in a rich environment for those interested to grow their idea in a nurturing space. Grace's ability and execution in galvanising this spirit in various communities will certainly add to act as a benchmark for progression in the region," she said.
Branson added that he was delighted that the awards were rich with social change initiatives this year. On the other hand, Wozniak urged all technology professionals to seize any opportunity, anywhere, to make great innovations and foster different applications of technology on everyday life.
"I was amazed at the APAC awards submissions, and I'm so glad that people realise this movement doesn't have to be in one congested place like Silicon Valley where people can have great ideas that are going to change the world and are going to be successful. You don't have to be in that one area to start them," he said.
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