Octane Results: Networking
Tang Ching Leng, Managing Director of Sinwah Industries
When incoming EO Malaysia Chapter President, Felicia Lim, was cracking her head over the ideal venue for our latest Strategy Summit, the location of Jakarta, Indonesia, wasn’t even on the short list. In fact, Hanoi, Vietnam, was our final choice after weeks of painstaking planning. A luxurious hotel by the countryside was booked, and various outdoor activities that tickled the soul were lined up. We were locked and loaded for the time of our lives!
When you’re growing your startup, there’s something to be said for the old-fashioned meet and greet. Whether you’re scouting potential investors, suppliers, or customers, making connections with people who can help take your business to the next level is often easier done with a handshake and a smile than an email and an emoticon.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett
Today, EO is excited to launch our #EOBeyondBorders campaign, filled with stories, pictures and videos that capture our rich, vibrant and diverse global community of students and entrepreneurs. Throughout the month of February, readers can look forward to inspiring and insightful stories about cross-cultural experiences impacting entrepreneurs and their families.
To kick-off our campaign, we’d like to share the stories of two siblings, Sam and Sophie, who are part of the EO Youth Exchange (EOYX) program.
For 2016, I’ve made what I think is a game-changing resolution, which will ultimately help me to be a better entrepreneur. This year, I will outsource every business function that is not a personal strength or core competency. The idea doesn’t necessarily appear profound, but consider the implications with me.
Check out these photos! Four EO Insignia Forums and eight Quantum Leap Forums from North America gathered for the EO Insignia & EO Quantum Leap Campus event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA from 21-23 October, 2015. This 1.5 day event brought these 12 Forums together with additional members for an event focused around the theme of “From Success to Significance.” Event Chair, Sue Hrib (EO At-Large) hosted the final night dinner event at her home, known as the Hrib Crib.
“Throughout my journey, I’ve found a common denominator for achieving greatness – teamwork.” – Gilberto Crombe, EO Global Chairman.
Richard Branson quotes, “Togetherness is a hugely important aspect of life. It unites us, gives us security, much-needed support and a sense of belonging, and encourages us to love one another.”
By Andy Bailey, an EO Nashville member and Chief Acceleration Officer of NationLink Wireless
As business owners, we don’t like to spend money on things that cost more than they return. Our company is no different, and we have found some creative ways to make “stuff” that we already spend money on work even harder for us. These things didn’t cost much, but they greatly improved our business.
At EO, we strive to support and educate student entrepreneurs as they develop their businesses. Our Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for these students who actively run a business. But this is only one step in the process. These students are first mentored by EO member leaders, who develop relationships with those student entrepreneurs chosen at the local level. Derrick Jackson, GSEA Program Manager, says, “This is where students find a lot of value because they’re learning from experience entrepreneurs who’ve been in a position where they (the students) want to go.”
Ritesh Marwadi, GSEA finalist and owner of We Fear Silence, an event management company in Kathmandu, Nepal, shared the highlights of his GSEA experience:
Innovation can be loosely defined as the process of creating a new idea, product or service. The future of entrepreneurship relies on the young entrepreneurs of today.
Aneil Mishra was asked to judge EO’s 2015 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals. Mishra states, “I was blown away by the quality and creativity of these students.”