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Women Who Launch: It’s Natural

Early this year in April, 29 year-old Liyan Huang started her first online business It’s Natural. Carrying natural and organic brands from Australia, Sweden, America, New Zealand and Italy, It’s Natural is one of the new generation of online startups selling natural skincare products. Products sourced are not usually found on the …

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Women Who Launch: Hom Yoga

Malvina Risby, 25 Founder, Hom Yoga Meeting Malvina turned out to be like nothing I had expected. Gone are the days of being in the twenties when landing your first job is a call for celebration. Malvina comes from a new generation of the Roaring Twenties – a boisterous era …

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Women Who Launch: ZAM-BUK

The Brand, The Women & The Fakes Finally, a subject without a wikipedia link! For my grandmother and her predecessors, Zam-Buk is a mircale cure-all. Until recently, I had forgotten about this wonderful little tin of green miracle balm. Zam-Buk is a traditional embrocating balm with many uses.  For generations around …

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Women Who Launch: Mama Bagel

THE ACCIDENTAL BAGEL BAKER FROM NEW YORK CITY In her mid 20s, Jennifer Harrison was a successful software developer from Boston, Massachusetts. And she was a millionaire. On paper. Unfortunately when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, the value of Jennifer’s US$1m investment portfolio took a devastating nosedive. Almost overnight, …

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Women Who Launch: SoleRebels

HEART & SOLE OF BETHLEHEM Bethlehem. Birthplace of Jesus and David. Birthname of one of Africa’s most successful and most influential woman entrepreneur. The name is Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born and raised in Zenebework, Addis-Ababa. One of the most improvised and marginalized communities of Ethiopia.  At …

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Women Who Launch: Burt’s Bees

THE BUSINESS OF BEES We have all heard of Burt’s Bees. An American brand that prides itself as an earth friendly company making natural personal care, health, beauty and personal hygiene products. But who is Burt and his bees? A story of two unemployed people driven by desperation who met …

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Women Who Launch: Shokay

YAK YAKETY-YAK Not too long ago I chanced upon the inspiring story of Shokay. It is about two friends, Carol Chyau and Marie So, who met at Harvard Kennedy School while doing their Master in Public Administration in International Development. They both shared a passion for social enterprise and wanted …

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