Let’s talk about the scary word: Failure!
During our F&B edition of the Human Library: Close Conversations with Entrepreneurs, founders of Singapore-based businesses shared their journey in starting a business, struggles and all.
We heard from Ramesh Krish Kumar (@rameshwara) of Asmara (@asmara.sg), Lee Gim Siong of Smitten Ice Cream Bar and Ken Tan from The Fish Sch-nack and DOCO, who were open about their setbacks and failures, and how they overcame their challenges.
Ramesh is the co-founder and food scientist at Asmara, a Singapore brand that harnesses scientific elements from TCM, Ayurveda and Jamu to offer natural beverages, snacks and elixirs. Asmara was awarded CLEO’s “Best Premium Tea Brand” in Singapore in 2021.
Ramesh was awarded Singapore’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2022 for his innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and serves on the Board of Directors at *SCAPE.
Lee Gim Siong is the founder of Smitten Ice Cream Bar, which launched in mid-March 2020, a week before the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sales plummeted to almost zero, but through determination and creativity, it not only garnered enough sales to survive but also expanded its reach and popularity. Smitten is located at Simpang Bedok and is halal-certified.
Gim Siong is a media professional by day. In his free time, he combs the island for the best ice creams and related desserts.
Ken is a founder of Fish Sh-nack, Doco Donburi and their latest edition, Hororok Soups & Stews. Fish Sh-nack started as a school project that took on a life of its own. It offers irresistible flavours of fish crisp snacks.
Doco Donburi is a spinoff Fish Sh-nack which features a protein packed bento with a dabble of fish sh-prinkles (crisp).
Hororok Soups & Stews does AUTHENTIC Korean Stews, and is located at International Plaza.
Ken is an entrepreneur with a passion for food and a passion to improve lives!
Participants also shared how they saw mistakes as not The End, but just another chapter in our journey of Entrepreneurship and Life.
Let’s change our perspective on failure!