More and more women are enterprising enough to start a business of their own in the business world of today. These young and bold entrepreneurs have carved a name for themselves through their unique and niche business endeavours with some of them being recognised internationally too. Here, Top 10 of Malaysia takes a look at its list of Malaysia’s top ten inspiring new generation businesswomen whose creative business ventures have taken them to great heights of success, proving that women can be just as successful as men (if not more successful) when it comes to business.
Raja Jesrina Arshad
Raja Jesrina Arshad is the co-founder & CEO of PurelyB Sdn Bhd, one of Southeast Asia’s leading health and wellness brand and community portal that guides its customers on how to live a healthy lifestyle. PurelyB provides personalised holistic wellness products and contents guide on nutrition, fitness, mindfulness that are catered for Asian cultures and lifestyles. One of its most popular products is “Pegaga by PurelyB”. To date, PurelyB has spread its wings to 8 countries such as The United States of America, Australia and The United Kingdom and has won several awards such as ASEAN-BAC “Rising Entrepreneur of the Year” Award 2017 and Malaysia Tatler’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award 2016, Red Herring Asia Winner 100 Winner Year of 2015. Jesrina Arshad has also won the Marie Claire Top 10 Amazing Women of 2017 award.
Stephanie Ping co-founded WORQ, a company that provides co-working spaces for individuals to achieve greater results by sharing experiences, networking and collaborating with others from various backgrounds. WORQ has many working partners such as Amazon Web Services, BFM-Edge B School, Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Enterprise Singapore and The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation Sdn Bhd and also investors such as 500 Startups, Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, Space Matrix/Jungle Ventures and Phillip Capital Pte Ltd. It has also won awards such as the Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards Best Coworking Space 2017 and Coworker Member’s Choice Awards 2018 Winner.
Yuhwen Foong co-founded SushiVid, a platform for brands to connect to social media. Specialising in influencer marketing, SushiVid engages over 5,000 social media influencers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand to connect with brand owners. Thus, the brand owners would get a chance to select potential social media influencers to speak for marketing campaigns. It has various well-known clients such as Universal Music Group, Crabtree & Evelyn, Sasa.com, Uniqlo and Senheng. SushiVid has also collaborated with over 400 brands and companies such as Naga DDB Tribal, Trans Cosmos, Carat, Columbus and Axiata Group.
Evelyn Marieta, a cosmetic scientist, creative enthusiast, emcee, model and entrepreneur founded Wunderbath, a renowned household brand, famous for its creative and inspiring products. Wunderbath specialises in creating handmade cosmetics such as lip balms and lip stains, and also bath products such as bath bombs, body butter and soaps in various shapes and colours that are non-toxic and chemical-free. It produces nearly 30,000 products a month to satisfy its customers’ demand. Marieta has also appeared in various magazines and worked with several popular brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Buro 24/7 Malaysia, Nespresso and TEDx
Sasha Tan founded Favful in 2015, a beauty-advisory-like platform for beauty products by personalised search, tutorials and tips. Favful gives knowledge to its customers and allow them to view how each cosmetic products are rated and viewed by others before purchasing. Since its launch, it has garnered around 6,000 product searches by users weekly. Tan was on the list of Forbes 30 under 30 Asia – Retail and Ecommerce. Currently, Favful has its presence in 3 countries, works with 20,000 beauty advisors, collaborates with more than 2,000 brands and covers some 40,000 products. Tan is also the founder of a dessert shop called Stoone in Singapore and former vice president of products for online grocer HappyFresh, headquarted in Jakarta.
Ai Ching Goh
Besides being the co-founder of Piktochart, Ai Ching Goh is also the co-founder of Yet Another Studio, a graphic design agency in Penang. Her company, Piktochart has attracted more than 10 million users who are satisfied with its services that enable them to tell amazing stories in various shapes and formats. Piktochart is a web application which enables users to create professional-grade infographics using themed templates. Goh is one of the members of Forbes Technology Council. A few years ago, she was a finalist for MIT Technology Review magazine’s 35 Innovators under 35 (TR35)
Shirmein Leong is the co-founder of DeliverEat in Penang, an online food ordering and delivery company partnering with more than 1,500 restaurants such as Sushi King, Chili’s, Sakae Sushi, Morganfield’s, Nandos and even vegetarian restaurants. DeliverEat also provides a wide array of cuisines such as Chinese, Western, Fusion, Italian and Korean for their customers’ selection and also serves more than 40,000 customers per month. The company was selected as one of the top 20 finalist companies in Alliance Bank’s Biz Smart Academy Challenge in 2014.
Hooi Ling Tan
Tan Hooi Ling co-founded Grab and MyTeksi, a ride-hailing application in 2012 and it is now present in eight countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. Grab also offers other services such as GrabTaxi, GrabCar, GrabShare, JustGrab, Rent a GrabCar, GrabFood – a food delivery service serving local cuisine and GrabExpress – a delivery service for documents and parcels. Grab currently has over 110,000 drivers across Southeast Asia and renowned subsidiaries such as iKaaz Software Private Ltd, GP Network Asia Pte Ltd and GrabTaxi (Thailand) Co Ltd.
Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof
Datin Vivy Sofinas Yusof founded Fashion Valet in 2010, an enterprise dealing with Asian brands of fashion apparel, shoes and accessories. This multi-million dollar company has now more than 400 brands from South East Asia and offices in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. It also sells fashion brands by famous designers such as Minz, Gallo by Thian, PU3 and Sereni & Shentel. The company has branches in Brunei, Australia and the United Kingdom and the dynamic entrepreneur herself has received awards such as Icon of the Year Award from Puteri Umno in 2015 and Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time 2015.
Social entrepreneur, Jazz Tan founded Youths Today in 2013. Youths Today is a platform to connect and access opportunities, bringing youths from all over the world the best experiences, development programmes, knowledge exchange and opportunities to work with corporate brands and SMEs by turning their ideas into successful projects. With a total number of 90,582 youth event organizers and a connection to more than 329 corporate brands, Youths Today has reached out to millions of youths all over the world through student events. It has also won awards such as Best Start Up to Silicon Valley, USA Stanford Program Achiever 2014, Most Prestigious Start Up – ASEAN Entrepreneurship Award 2014, MCMC ANT Award by Prime Minister of Malaysia 2014 and British Council and GAB Best Social Business – Entrepreneurs for Good 2013.