Hello everyone! T.Ware won the first prize at the Asian Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 held in Japan over 13 - 15 July! We wanted to share our thoughts and plans about what's next for us, so we thought we'd do it here. Thanks again to everyone who has supported us and believed in us in our journey thus far - you too are a part of this success - thank you!!
The Asian Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 program was held in Kashiwanoha City, 30 minutes by train from Tokyo. It was the perfect setting for the competition as the city is built on the concept of a Smart City – a model next-generation city that promotes healthy living and the creation of new industries by incorporating the latest technologies, services, and systems, combined with a participatory social experience for residents.
T.Ware presented in the semi-final round, together with participants from Korea, Japan and India, and qualified for the finals. The top 6 teams, besides T.Ware from Singapore, were from Malaysia, India, Thailand, China and Philippines.
In these few days of sharing and presentations, several key learnings emerged:
We were confident that we would make it to the finals, but did not expect to win as other teams were really impressive – in both their business models and experiences, as well as in their presentations. We are humbled by the many passionate and successful entrepreneurs in the Asian community, and are proud to be part of this community. It’s great that the T.Ware team’s hard work is being recognized internationally, and we feel really happy that we have been able to make Singapore and NUS proud with this achievement. It will spur us to continue our work to 'bring touch to life'. We’re not yet over the euphoria, but it’s now back to the grind!
Moving forward, it will be exciting for T.Ware as we will be:
And most importantly, all of this would not have been possible without the support from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and NUS Enterprise. We’re extremely grateful to Prof Wong Poh Kam for his nomination – your nomination and belief in us has cemented our commitment to ‘bringing touch to life’. We also want to thank Dr Gary Rubin, Mr Wong Sang Wouh and Mr Kristav Childress for their time, and for their generosity in imparting the knowledge and skills they have from their years of experience in business and presentations – these have been invaluable, not just for AEA2014, but also for what lies beyond for T.Ware.