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Expatpreneur Awards 2017: Meet The Succesful Expats And Expat-Friendly Businesses In Singapore

Ready to be inspired? Read all about our inaugural selection of successful expatriate and expat-friendly business owners in Singapore!

“Expatpreneurs are looking for an opportunity, and they can’t find it in traditional ways. They bite the bullet, take a deep breath and take a risk.”

This quote by Dr. Yvonne McNulty, Senior Lecturer at SIM University – and one of the researchers who recently coined the term “expat-preneur” – appears in The Finder’s “Work It!” Issue 280 (download the FREE digital edition to start reading now).

In this issue, and in this special Expatpreneur Awards 2017 section of The Finder site, we honour successful, respected expatriate business owners in Singapore in four categories: Lifestyle, Home, Beauty+Wellness and Kids+Family .

We also celebrate expat-friendly businesses, run by Singaporeans, as these companies provide services or products of special interest or value to expats living here.

The awardees

How did we pick the awardees?

In consultation with Dr. McNulty, we defined an “expatpreneur” as a foreigner who moves to Singapore, starts a registered business and earns enough profit to have to pay income tax. We also considered if a business has created a new niche or opportunity in Singapore.

“Expatpreneurs don’t do it to make a killing,” explains Dr. McNulty, who is the founder of Expat Research and an Australian expat herself. “It’s a hell of a life, it is your life.”

As Singapore’s oldest publication for expats – having been started in 1993 by two Australian expats as a curated classified listing, The Finder is uniquely suited to introduce these first-ever Expatpreneur Awards.

On The Finder team, Editor Sara Lyle Bow and Publisher Eileen Chia headed the selection process.

Sara Lyle Bow

An expat herself, Sara is an experienced journalist with an especial interest in home, lifestyle and parenting topics.

Before The Finder, Sara worked at various large consumer magazines in the US, including Good Housekeeping, where she worked closely with the Good Housekeeping Institute experts who test and recommend products and services for the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal.

She is the mother of a toddler, with a husband who travels often for work, and understands first-hand the pleasures and stresses of the expat life in the Lion City. (Want to see inside Sara’s rented shophouse? Check out our makeover story and videos.)

Eileen Chia

Meanwhile, Eileen is a proud Singaporean. Having done her university education in Australia, she combines a local attitude with an international mindset – much like the 29 percent of The Finder’s readers who are Singaporean.

A keen traveller, serious foodie and mother of three boys, Eileen is particularly interested in businesses that help make life better or easier for busy working families.

As such, she keeps quite busy as The Finder’s Publisher, Head of Digital & Integrated Solutions for SPHM as well as Head of Product and Partnerships for SPH Magazines’ Women’s Network. .

Click on the categories below to start reading! Meet the awardees!


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