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(3 Dec 2022) Human Library: F&B edition

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 (, Lee Gim Siong of Smitten Ice Cream Bar and Ken Tan from […]

(5 Nov 2022) Human Library: Close Conversations with Entrepreneurs

We always hear about success but what about setbacks? On 5 Nov 2022, we heard first hand stories from entrepreneurs of local brands on how they overcame struggles and challenges. How did they pivot in difficult situations? What are the lessons they’ve learnt on their journey? Merlion Project presents Human Library: Close Conversations with Entrepreneurs […]

Snippets from the founders of Singapore businesses

Daring to take a leap of faith in starting your own business is hard. Here at Merlion Project, we aim to celebrate these stories of how business owners have struggled and overcame challenges. Here are some quotes from our speakers, founders of local Singapore businesses, who shared their stories of struggle. “Growing up, I always […]

Smitten Ice Cream Bar’s founder shares how they survived the COVID-19 lockdown

Smitten Ice Cream Bar was launched in mid-March 2020. A week later, Singapore went into COVID-19 lockdown (also known as Circuit Breaker). The ice cream parlour then saw sales plummet to almost zero. But through hard work and sheer determination, as well as a little creativity and nimbleness, it manage to garner sales to survive […]

What happens at our Human Libraries?

What if we had an open and honest conversation about how we deal with our setbacks? That’s what happens during Merlion Project’s human libraries. We curate a selection of people to share their stories with us – delving into topics like entrepreneurship, mental health and sustainability. Learn from stories of struggle with in-person conversations with […]