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The Finder’s 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards Event: What Happened And Who Came!

Here's what went down during our 5th annual Expatpreneur event.

The glamour, the conversations, the inspiring stories and some fantastic little surprises in between! The hype was on at The Finder’s 2021 Expatpreneur Awards!

As you may have heard, The Finder celebrated its 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards on the 15 July to honour the 19 award winners and their inspiring businesses that have helped enable people live well in Singapore. There were smiles all around, sparkling conversations and lots of excitement through out the event. Here are some of the highlights form the event! (Or go here to read all about the winners who came for the event.)

Big props to Hard Rock Cafe Singapore for providing us with the best venue to host our event this year!

Note: The event was conducted to abide by the Safe Management Measures in Singapore.

And here’s a visual journal of what happened:

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Big screens hang over the awesome bar inside the Hard Rock Café Singapore Orchard featuring our 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards 2021 cover for The Finder issue 307! Let the prep begin!

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Tables all set up with table numbers featuring our Expatpreneur 2021 logo! Empty now but they will soon be dressed up for our guests!

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Event planning is never over. There are more details left to discuss up to the last minute. Here we see Shazeen Tyebally (left) our Community and Partnerships Manager and Mark Cheng (right) our Head of Growth (and emcee) for the days event deep in conversation sorting out some important deets!

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Check out our awesome goodibe bags! All lined up and ready to be placed at the tables for our guests! The interns packed these together earlier in the week. Definitely some fond pre event memories!

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Our awesome Editorial Interns Isabel Wibobo (left) and Jasia Shamdasani (right) all geared up and ready to dress the tables with our super cool goodie bags!

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Table dressing is happening! Here’s editorial intern Isabel hard at work placing goodie bags at the designated seats!

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In true The Finder fashion, our goodibe bags were personalised with guests names to make the day just that bit more special!

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Shazeen (left) briefs our Editorial Interns Jaisa and Isabel on the seating plan as they prepare to welcome guests at the reception!

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We’re LIVESTREAMING baby! Video and Photography production manager Ming Hui, Head of Operations and Customer Experience at of Moovaz, and The Finder’s lovely Designer Vanessa set up the camcorder for our live stream! Missed the Livestream? You can watch all happenings here.

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Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Finder, Sarah Lyle Bow arrives at the event venue.

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Isabel (left) and Jaisa (right) all set and ready to go at our reception table all prepped with hand sanitizer, itineraries and stationary for guests to enter our fab lucky draw. Keep reading to find out who the lucky winner was!

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A.k.a. the calm before the storm. Shazeen (right) chats with Head of Marketing and Events at Hard Rock Cafe, Natalie as she checks out a copy of Progressive Partnerships: The Future of Business by Callum Laing. Copies were placed at the reception table for our guests to pick up!

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The amazing crew at hard rock cafe are all ready to rock! Big thanks to them for keeping the event running smoothly and keeping the guests happy with their fantastic service!

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And….Our first guest has arrived! Things are getting exciting. Vinodh, husband of award winner Payal Thakurani of The Commnue Kitchen, fills out our lucky draw slip as he is welcomed to the event by Isabel.

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Spirits are high as guests begin to arrive and our Editorial Interns (from left to right) Sabrina, Jayme and Arshi pose for a quick pic before they take the floor for showtime!

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Final touches! Vanessa and Jayme arrange the awards in order of call outs in preparation for the main event!

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More guests arrive! Award winner Tiffany Maughan of Shopping at Tiffany’s arrives with her husband Dave Maugan, and is greeted by Shazeen.

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Winner of our Special award for Sustainability Carolin Barr of SusGain arrives at the event with her husband, Mr. Jeebar

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Our Small-but-Mighty Special Award Winner Louise Hill arrives with her husband, he fills out our lucky draw slip as she chats with our lovely interns at the reception.

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Of course, no event is complete without the big ol’ welcome. Here’s Sara (left) having a conversation with Award winner Payal Thakurani of Commune Kitchen and her husband Vinodh (right).

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Here’s another moment of Sara chatting With Special Award winner for Innovation (Products + Services) Anne Swain of The Whole Kitchen (right).

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Special Award Winner for Sustainability Carolin Barr of SusGain, takes her seat after arriving. Our tables were socially distanced and abided by Covid regulations.

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Representatives for Award winner Astou Montfort of AS’FALL, Ifa and Harmifa, take their seats at the event.

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Our emcee Mark Cheng delivers a welcome speech introducing the 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards.

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Sara takes the stage to give opening remarks about the Expatprener Awards and how it all came about in 2017.

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Managing Director of CST Tax Advisors, Mr. Boon Tan, delivers the keynote speech.

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Expatpreneur Awards 2021 judge and former 2020 Expatpreneur of the Year, Tiffany Okumu founder of Raph & Remy, (right) chats with Shazeen (left) during the break.

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Awards all framed and sitting pretty! Waiting for the next segment to start: The award ceremony.

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And the awards ceremony commences! Here we have Aaron Froste of Aruthr Zaaro Design giving a speech about his business after receiving his award.

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Some of our winners were unable to attend the ceremony but were still honoured for their inspirational businesses and successes. Their businesses and designations were shared followed by short snippets (delivered by our emcee Mark) of their company and how they helped people live well in Singapore.

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The speeches from our Award Winners were extremely inspiring! Here’s Preet Singh of Embrace Physiotherapy talking about her business. She advises the audience to let the women in their lives know that it is okay to open up about issues such as incontinence and bodily pains that are deemed taboo by society.

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Payal Thakurani of Commune Kitchen descends the stage after receiving her award and giving a speech about how she was inspired to start her cooking school.

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All the speeches were met with much applause! Here are Anne Swain (left) and Susan Soulard (right( from The Whole Kitchen winners of our Innovation Award for (Products + Services) applauding after Payal Thakurani of The Commune Kitchen ends her speech.

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Some of our recipients could not be there but representatives were present to receive the awards. Here’s Yoshiaki Hiyoshi, co-founder of abComo Ecommerce and anyStarr, giving his acceptance speech.

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Next up were our Special Award winners! Anne Swain and Susan Soulard get ready to take the stage after being awarded the Innovation Special Award for Product + Services.

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Our Expatpreneur of the year Nathalie Ribette of SingTheatre was also the winner of our People’s Favourite Award! The results were announced and here’s Natalie with her Expatpreneur of the Year Award and her People’s Favourite Award prize! Congratulations Nathalie.

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It was lucky draw time after the awards were handed out. Here’s Sara (left) picking the lucky winner with the aid of Jayme (right). And the winner is…

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Preet Singh of Embrace Physiotherapy. Congratulations on winning a $100 dining voucher from Hard Rock Café!

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We could not have food at the event but we did have these awesome takeaway boxes ready for our guests (and team!) to receive before leaving! These were filled with delish brownies complete with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, plus a can of alcohol-free beer!

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Yes there were drinks and smiles all around! From right to left we have Louise Hill of Louise Hill Design (Winner of our Small But Mighty Award) Tiffany Okumu Expatpreneur Awards 2021 judge and founder of Raph & Remy, Ashta of Ash’D Photography and Louise’s husband.

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More on The Finder:

WINNERS’ Gallery: See Who Came For Our 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards Ceremony 2021
Meet The Winners And MORE! All About The Finder’s Expatpreneur Awards 2021
The Finder Issue 307: 5th Annual Expatpreneur Awards

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