Gemstar MD wins Entrepreneur of the Year

Singapore, Friday 8th June 2018. Australian business woman Gemma Manning, Founder and MD of strategic marketing consultancy, Manning and Co (M&C), and international accelerator, Gemstar, has been awarded today the Australia Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, following significant growth in both her business ventures in Singapore and ASEAN over the last 12 months.

Gemma launched her first business Manning & Co. in 2008, and has since grown the business into a full-service strategic marketing consultancy with operations in ANZ and Asia and expects to double revenue growth for the Asian business in the next 12 months.

Her dedication and commitment to entrepreneurship has also led to her forging ahead with a second business, Gemstar, founded in 2013, which has since grown into an international market entry and growth accelerator for Australian and Singaporean companies, resulting in her relocation to Singapore with her two children in 2017.

Accepting the award at AustCham’s 2018 President’s Lunch and Business Awards in Singapore today, Gemma said it was a timely recognition especially as the Gemstar Singapore team gets ready to launch a Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with private education institute, Kaplan later this year.

“Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint hearted. And growing a business internationally into new markets requires even more commitment, patience, belief, resilience and hard work.” Ms Manning said.

“Since I lived in Japan as an 18-year-old, it had always been my dream to grow my own business into Asia. Receiving this Entrepreneur of the Year award for my entrepreneurial spirit, efforts and business commitments in Singapore and ASEAN, is the ultimate recognition for chasing this dream. I will continue to nurture the Australia and Singapore relationship and help guide Australian business to find their own feet in Asia.”

“I’m also excited today to announce our milestone partnership with Kaplan, a private education institute in Singapore, that will be transformational for Singapore’s youth and help to drive Singapore’s entrepreneurial future. Entrepreneurship is deeply rewarding but also challenging and having the right mentors and support networks is a critical part of success. We aim to bring this to young Singaporeans in our Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with the purpose to harness and nurture Singapore’s future entrepreneurial talent, while creating real future pathways for the students.” Gemma further commented.

AustCham’s President, Ian Cumins says Gemma has shown great determination and resilience in setting up her operations in Singapore and has developed her ideas into successful business ventures.

“Australia is well recognised for fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and Gemma is a fantastic example of what an individual can achieve with hard work and perseverance. The AustCham business awards judging committee was pleased to award the Entrepreneur of the Year award to Gemma for 2018”.

The award comes amid a successful 12 months for Gemma’s two companies, M&C and Gemstar, with both operations generating significant revenue growth on the back of strong demand in the regions. The year ahead is shaping up to be just as busy as both businesses will continue to expand in the region with a growing presence in Vietnam and India.

About Gemstar ( Gemstar is a Singapore-based launch-pad that connects the very best technologies with investors, partners and professional networks across the South-East Asia region. Gemstar’s vision is to unearth Australian and Singaporean talent and bring innovative products to market locally, regionally and globally. Gemstar’s presence expands Singapore, Perth, Sydney and Vietnam with plans to open in India.

About Manning & Co. ( Manning & Co. is a full-service strategic marketing consultancy with extensive experience across a diverse range of sectors, from B2Bs to start-ups to not-for-profits. Manning & Co. integrates brand, PR, design and media management to fast-track results and grow businesses in Australia and ASEAN. M&C has offices in Sydney, Perth and Singapore.

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Gemstar Technology is located at Level 2, 88 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058716.

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