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Macao Magazine 54

September 2019

Macao is home to many young entrepreneurs who are set to make up the next generation of business leaders, company founders and partners in innovation in the city. We meet six of these movers and shakers.

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reative, passionate, enthusiastic, ambitious and ready to face new challenges. They are a new generation of businessorientated young adults trying to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Some went abroad for postgraduate studies and are now back in their hometown. Others remained and decided to jump straight in after graduation from local schools and universities. In common, they all have the same goal – to do what they love and to create something unique. Meet Macao’s young entrepreneurs. The small size of the city and the often underdeveloped nature of its entrepreneurial community create plenty of challenges for those who want to shoot for the moon – however more under-30s are coming up with creative concepts and then enlisting government help to try to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Just like this sextet of the young, the ambitious and the bold.

Start up a movement Stephanie Chiang (pictured), partner and marketing director at marketing agency Mutual Aid and Resource Sharing – or MARS – Creative and the co-founder of Macao Startup Club, is a ‘start-up community builder’. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Mainland China, the entrepreneur returned to Macao after finishing her studies in international trade at Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics. She dabbled in customer services in the entertainment industries but discovered that wasn’t her passion so she then studied marketing and communication, working as a digital marketer in Paris. However, she returned to Macao in 2016 and decided to launch her own business. Collaborating with IT and business experts, MARS Creative was born – an arm of business services provider MARS Group that provides customised digital marketing and event solutions to small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Being one of the founders of Macao Startup Club, launched and operated by young start-up entrepreneurs and professionals, Chiang aims to ‘build up Macao’s start-up community’, as well as ‘strengthen and globalise its start-up ecosystem’. “Since 2017,” says the 29-year-old, “we have organised 25 events, with more than 1,000 participants.” She also organises and facilitates Startup Weekend Macao events. The first edition of the GBA Female Entrepreneurs Summit, an event focusing on celebrating female entrepreneurship and diversity, is scheduled for 28 September. Chiang says: “It is challenging but there are more opportunities now to be an entrepreneur in Macao. The government provides us with different programmes and resources, which is encouraging.” 50

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Macao Magazine September 2019  

We have found alarming figures on plastic waste over the course of putting together this issue: 160,000 plastic bags are used every second a...

Macao Magazine September 2019  

We have found alarming figures on plastic waste over the course of putting together this issue: 160,000 plastic bags are used every second a...