Bangkok Now (BNOW), Bangkok’s Networking Community, announces with its partners, the launch of Thailand’s very first Entrepreneur Now Awards (ENA). In follow-up to the awards program BNOW supported in 2014, BNOW is expanding upon last year’s foundation and welcoming Thai and non-Thai applicants and nominees as Thailand opens its doors to ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). This award widens the reach to recognize entrepreneurs from more countries and industries operating in the Kingdom of Thailand.
To create great exposure for the Award, the partnership has been broaden to include several foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand and other players who support entrepreneurs in the market. Members of the working committee include the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok University, Bangkok Entrepreneurs, UNESCO, and the international internet-based market research firm, Yougov.
The award’s objective is to promote entrepreneurism, attract investors to Thailand and the ASEAN region, and revitalize the Thai economy and the SME sector. Additionally, we aim to champion the entrepreneurial spirit, cultivate the entrepreneur culture and support an eco-system to sustain it. Below are criteria and categories for the judges.
AWARDS CRITERIA & CATEGORIES
How unique is the entrepreneur in what they are doing and how do they show that they have their own style?
2. Vision and Potential Growth
How does the entrepreneur’s company maintain vision and growth? Does the entrepreneur have a sustainable business model? What can the entrepreneur do in order to grow or expand?
3. Value in Thailand & ASEAN
How does the entrepreneur contribute to the country’s economy in terms of number of jobs, involvement in CSR activities, social benefit (outreach and impact in local community and educational opportunity)
Does the entrepreneur show initiative regarding sustainability strategies that encompass every business operation? What is the impact on the environment?
5. Striking achievements
What has the entrepreneur or co-founders achieved that he/she is proud of personally?
6. Overcoming challenges
What are some of the challenges faced by the entrepreneur and how was it dealt with professionally?
7. Recognition and Traction
A role model in the industry, recognized by peers and general public. What have they generally achieved? Social media followers/engagement, sales, email subscribers, revenue, backing of investors, media coverage.
1. Outstanding female entrepreneur
2. Eco entrepreneur
3. Creative entrepreneur (art, fashion, food and other artisanal products)
4. Innovative entrepreneur (tech, e-commerce, app, online)
5. Social enterprise entrepreneur
6. Most entrepreneurial team
7. SME (50 employees to 100)
8. Best new comer (TBC)