5 female entrepreneurs you need to be following

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

Entrepreneurship is at its peak right now. With so many start-ups finding success across the world, there’s never been a better time to be inspired by the accomplishments of fellow business owners.

Read about these women’s different paths to business success and get inspired today.

Pippa Hallas – CEO of Ella Baché

“It's about having the courage to sometimes be that voice in the room where you are driving change that people are cynical of. Sometimes leadership is not talking people where they want to go rather than where they need to go, which is hard.”

Hallas was named CEO of Ella Baché at just age 33 and admits she suffered through imposter syndrome at first. Having taken over the business from her father in 2009 - who himself took over from Ella Baché herself, Hallas’ great-aunt and namesake of the company - the pressure was on to maintain the family legacy and ensure that this 83-year-old skincare company remained at the forefront of their industry.

Both Hallas and her company have flourished since she’s transitioned into the leadership role, having led the iconic brand through changes in both the skincare industry and the wider world. With a defined focus on supporting women, females now account for over 80% of Ella Baché’s workforce.

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Elaine Tsung – founder and CEO of Garage Society

"We need more disruptors at a senior level. We need more heroines. We need more female founders, more female professionals who are able to break the ground.”

Garage Society, a company specialising in co-working spaces that started in Hong Kong and has now expanded to 11 locations across Asia, was not Tsung’s first taste of entrepreneurship. Before starting the innovative company in 2014, Tsung founded her own food import business with stops in investment management and real estate along the way.

Always one to spot a trend, Tsung saw that co-working spaces were increasing in popularity in Hong Kong. Given both the expensive price of real estate in the country and the influx of Millenials into the workplace, Tsung pivoted in response to market demand and launched Garage Society.

She’s not resting on her laurels, however – having recently opened three new locations in India, the company is aiming to reach 20 garages in the Asia region by the end of the year.

Rosemary Card – owner and founder of Q.NOOR

“I think it’s easier for women to discount ourselves and kind of feel like, ‘oh, this is just a little side hustle or a hobby I’m doing’. I like being able to champion women and be like, no, this is your full-blown business and you are a business owner.”

Card isn’t exactly your typical entrepreneur. She’s a former model who went on to serve a mission with the Latter-Day Saints before going to work in their film department. She launched Q.NOOR, a fashion company that specialises in making Mormon temple dresses, back in 2016 and has grown from strength to strength since then, opening their first physical store a year ago after previously being online-only.

Q.NOOR mostly stocks products from across the USA, but some also come from Australia and the Netherlands. The one common thread that ties them all together? They’re all from female-owned businesses.

When Card was hiring staff for her physical store, she reached out to young women in order to give them exposure of what it takes to run a company.

Ankiti Bose – founder and CEO of Zilingo

“I was phenomenally blessed to have a team of mentors, team of guides that would think of me quite genderlessly. I really want to see that happen with a lot of women, and I know that it doesn’t.”

Bose could very well be in the history books before long, as the 27-year-old is on track to become the first Indian woman to co-found a start-up worth $1 billion. The e-commerce fashion platform Zilingo, headquartered in Singapore, helps independent fashion and lifestyle retailers sell directly to consumers.

Founded when she was just 23 years old, the former economics graduate had no prior experience in either fashion or startups prior to launching Zilingo. The company now works with 27,000 merchants in 15 different regions, with employees across eight locations, including the USA, Australia and Hong Kong.

Throughout her entrepreneurial journey, Bose has made sure that Zilingo has both a workforce and a leadership team that is 50% female.

Millycent Mashele – founder and CEO of The Legacy Centre

"Women have their unique challenges, thus it is important for them to be empowered and encouraged to remain in business".

Mashele founded The Legacy Centre, a management consulting firm that offers services including accounting, auditing and taxation, over three years ago. Having previously worked for the Auditor General of South Africa, Mashele had vast experience and a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. She initially started out doing tax returns before branching out to become a full business services firm.

In addition to running her own company, Mashele also utilises her passion for supporting fellow women through various mentoring programs. The entrepreneur started the Wansanti Project – Wansanti means ‘woman’ in the Xitsonga language - that empowers females in rural areas to start their own business.

The Johannesburg native wants to also establish a business school focusing on practical business skills, create an incubation program for start-ups and become a coach and advisor to political leaders.


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