GRACE SAI, 34

CEO and Co-Founder, The Hub Sin­ga­pore

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME 2017 -

Cre­ativ­ity drives the fu­ture: Just ask Grace Sai, founder of The Hub, which is Sin­ga­pore’s largest co-work­ing com­mu­nity of en­trepreneurs, cre­atives and techies. “I be­lieve world change comes from groups of pas­sion­ate peo­ple who de­cide to solve prob­lems through the cre­ative process,” says Grace. “So, I de­cided to cre­ate a space and com­mu­nity of like-minded peo­ple six years ago where we could sup­port and grow en­ter­prises.” Mem­bers who join not only get ac­cess to funding, in­ter­na­tional net­works and com­mu­nity con­nec­tions, but also ed­u­ca­tional sup­port and ad­vice on how to ex­pand their start-up into a ma­ture ven­ture. The model has proven suc­cess­ful, as The Hub grew from hav­ing only 150 mem­bers in 2012 to more than 700 today. Even tech gi­ant Google has sat up and taken no­tice. “We’ve re­cently an­nounced a part­ner­ship be­tween Google for En­trepreneurs and The Hub Sin­ga­pore,” she re­veals. “It’s a big deal, be­cause we’re their first part­ner in South­east Asia and with their con­tri­bu­tion we’ll be able to pro­vide even more fi­nan­cial sup­port to start-up pro­grammes in Sin­ga­pore.”

WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Sur­round your­self with the right peo­ple, whom you can learn from and be in­spired by.”

NEXT UP: “I’m hop­ing to scale up across South­east Asia. The next step would be to fig­ure out how to be the go-to place for all start-ups and in­di­vid­u­als to turn to if they want to pur­sue a pas­sion, idea or ven­ture.”

Jacquard gold dress from Tory Burch; 22K gold ring from Gold­heart Jew­ellery.

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