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Exabytes Empowers 600 Women Entrepreneurs to Launch Their Own Business Sites

Exabytes Empowers 600 Women Entrepreneurs to Launch Their Own Business Sites

All-in-one Business Cloud, Digital and eCommerce solutions provider Exabytes has assisted 600 women across Singapore and Malaysia in building their business websites as part of their Accelerate Women Entrepreneurship with Exabytes (AWEWE) campaign. The company provided a series of free digital courses and tools to empower female entrepreneurs. Since the campaign’s launch in February 2022 to its conclusion in June 2022, Exabytes has sponsored a total of $400,000 SGD and RM400,000 respectively to establish these workshops.

Launched as part of #BreakTheBias theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, Exabytes partnered with organisations such as the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), WINGS, the People’s Association, Mumpreneurs Go Places, Social Media Mums, She Leads Tech and PolarisHub to develop the series of workshops. These monthly workshops included giving entrepreneurs hands-on experience building their own site, sharing sessions on eCommerce and business needs with momtrepreneurs including Vanessa Ong, founder of MamaShop, and Valerie Aw, founder of Aestival Elements, and talks on digital safety and cybersecurity. The workshops have since gained significant traction, as female entrepreneurs around Singapore and Malaysia voice their praise for the programme. 

“The website has allowed me to reach out to more customers and make more sales,” said Ms Mala Begum, who cooks traditional murukku, sugee, and cornflakes cookies for her new-found customers on malaskitchen.sg. “Exabytes has given me the opportunity to showcase my skills, and has supported me at every step to create my own website.”

“I encouraged ladies to take advantage of the free website offered by Exabytes, and they were very happy with the end-to-end support they provided,” said Ms Dimple Sanghi, the person-in-charge of Her Rise Above during the previous 2021 campaign, who helped 13 women build their own business site with Exabytes. “The opportunity gave our ladies the ability to compete on a more level playing field with the other businesses, and that their confidence and hardwork will not be limited by any boundaries.”

“This initiative aims to promote gender equality in entrepreneurship, as well as boost financial security and independence for home-makers venturing into their own businesses. Ultimately, we want to empower the community through these inspiring women who are after all – our pillars, whether at home or at work,” said Mr Chan Kee Siak, Founder and CEO of the Exabytes Group.”

An entrepreneur himself, Mr Chan identifies with the struggles that many starting entrepreneurs face. Founding what would become Exabytes at just 21 years old with no capital, Mr Chan was an university student working a side job when he saw immense potential in the then-growing online business space. Dropping out to fully focus on web hosting, he struggled as many businesses in the early 2000s lacked understanding of the digital world, and needed to be educated on the benefits of having their own personalised domains. However, he persevered with Exabytes, and has gone on to assist many companies to make their digital jump.

Mr Chan has since expanded Exabytes’s focus to support entrepreneurs in the wider region. The company’s previous Women Entrepreneurship with Exabytes (WEWE) campaign in 2021 sponsored $350,000 SGD and RM350,000 in Singapore and Malaysia respectively to provide women entrepreneurs with ready-to-use sites to more easily make the digital jump. 

Exabytes also partnered with IMDA for the Digital for Life (DfL) national movement. The movement aims to galvanise the community to help Singaporeans embrace digital as a lifelong pursuit, and to enrich their lives through digital technology. Furthermore, Exabytes teamed with Cyber Youth Singapore (CYS) and the Research & Innovation Corps (RIC) for the Digitise Singapore for Youth in 2021, supporting 1000 youths with relevant digital skills in support of the movement. 

“We are heartened that our partnership with Exabytes has given local women entrepreneurs new-found digital skills and confidence to pursue their online businesses. We hope they can continue to inspire others to embrace digital, and to pick up knowledge, skills and technology to enrich their lives. We welcome more like-minded partners and individuals to co-create meaningful initiatives in support of the Digital for Life movement,” said Ms Dawn Low, Cluster Director for Digital Readiness and Digital for Life Programme Office, IMDA.

Not resting on its laurels, Exabytes recently collaborated with Google Workspace to develop SME Kick-Starter bundles to improve SMEs’ ability to digitise their businesses to reduce costs, optimise processes, and accelerate growth.

More recently, Exabytes partnered with Young NTUC for LIT DISCOvery 2022 on 23 July 2022 as a marketplace partner. The event explored how technology will affect the future careers and workplaces of Singaporean youths, and had sharing sessions by various C-suite leaders. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mr Lawrence Wong, was also in attendance as the event’s Guest-of-Honour.

Exabytes and Young NTUC are also partnering for the upcoming LIT Masterclass with Exabytes on 9 September 2022, where Mr Chan will speak about what inspired him to start his business as a student, and how he managed to build and grow his business at that very young age. Interested attendees will also be given a free 30-min Masterclass by Exabytes on “How to Build Your First Website with Exabytes”, which will allow them to redeem a free domain and hosting to kickstart their online presence. To register for the LIT Masterclass, click HERE.

For more information on LIT DISCOvery 2022, click HERE, and for more information on LIT Masterclass with Exabytes, click HERE.

For more information on the AWEWE campaign, click on the link HERE.

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