Women are taking their rightful place in the Hong Kong business world, and they’re staking their claim from the ground up. A shockingly small 10 per cent of the city’s company directors are female, according to figures from French bank BNP Paribas—but 45 per cent of its entrepreneurs are, the second-best in the world behind India.
It makes sense: starting your own business is an excellent way of levelling the playing field, sidestepping ingrained institutional prejudices that could blight your career in the traditional business world. Moreover, the overwhelmingly youthful nature of the startup scene means it tends to be populated by people from a generation with fewer stereotypical ideas about gender roles than their forebears.
As a result, a steady stream of inspiring women entrepreneurs is emerging in Hong Kong, helping to bring some much-needed gender balance to the city’s boardrooms. From creative technologists to fashion designers to environmentalists, here are 10 women entrepreneurs you need to know from the Gen.T List.
See also: 15 Of Hong Kong's Most Powerful Women
1. Peggy Choi
Peggy Choi is on a mission is to democratise access to knowledge. Her company Lynk, a data-driven knowledge sharing platform, connects users via one-on-one conversations or meetings with more than 300,000 of the world’s greatest minds, including scientists, engineers and leading executives, for advice on subjects including advice on best practice, market-entry, strategy formation and new technologies.
Before founding the company, Peggy earned a degree in computer science and fine art at the University of Pennsylvania, and then studied finance at its Wharton business school.