Top Women Associations to Join in Singapore to Build Your Network

Top Women Associations to Join in Singapore to Build Your Network

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For a lot of young entrepreneurs, and even for many seasoned ones, networking can be a daunting task. After all, asking for someone’s attention, creating an impression, and building a network takes a lot of effort and time. Entrepreneurs who like to keep to themselves find it even more difficult and annoying. But, can an entrepreneur neglect networking?

Networking is the single most critical skill that entrepreneurs need to be successful. Not only formal networking, but researches show that informal networking activities are essential as well. The informal networking activities include everything that happens outside the professional setups like incubators, accelerators, and investor meets, and so on. As per Forbes, as many as 78% of the startups attribute their success to networking.

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How Can Networking Help?

Apart from putting an entrepreneur in touch with several hundreds of people who are on a similar journey, networking, as a tool, can be employed to pick new skills and hone existing ones. How? 

Networking opportunities can be used as a place where you can practice your pitch. Introductions and openings are an essential part of any critical conversation. Meeting people in informal meetings provides an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to practice the presentation, get feedback, and improve upon the shortcomings. Networking also provides an opportunity to find solutions to problems that hamper the business. It can help an entrepreneur in finding perfect partners, employees, and co-founders. Smart entrepreneurs use such a platform for marketing their products and services. Discussing the new ideas and products with like-minded people can produce unbiased feedback which can in turn help in improvising or modifying ideation before its too late. The conversation around the products can spark a buzz in the network, which has the potential to travel across markets and channels.

Since entrepreneurs cannot learn everything in a short time, networking can help them in picking other people’s brains and learning a thing or two from them. In a networking event, people from different backgrounds and experiences come together, discuss, and communicate. It is an apt place to learn about niches that an entrepreneur has never entered. Entrepreneurs usually attend events, seminars, product launches, and other corporate events to find an opportunity to meet and greet people. However, the story does not end here. There are trade and business associations that hold private parties and events for the members. Entrepreneurs who are serious about their ventures should consider joining such associations because this can be a big game-changer. Here is how!

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How Do Associations Help?

Associations are usually made up of people who are working in a common industry. Networking with such people allows the entrepreneurs to understand the industry, learn about the new trends, build upon ideas, and contribute to the betterment of all of the industry. Being in an association also helps an entrepreneur in meeting the influential people in the industry. Such people are usually the once that set the standards, quality, and thus the prices in the market. Being a friend, an apprentice, or an acquittance with such people gives an entrepreneur a chance to be the first mover. For women, this is even more important because men dominate the investment scene, and as a result, women have a minimal area for building connections.

Being a part of strong and reliable associations help entrepreneurs lead to new connections, partnerships, gain valuable experience, get exposed industry trends, generate new business ideas and also can find new customers. Being in an association helps entrepreneurs in enhancing their reputation and creating a name for themselves. Being a member of a reputed and influential member can have a positive impact on the business since peers, industry leaders, and prospects will consider the entrepreneur as an elite. Associations also provide an opportunity to help others and emerge as a leader in the niche. All this leads to enhancement in the knowledge, technical know-how, and better business connections that uplift the career. 

Top Networks for Women in Singapore

Thanks to the business-friendly environment of Singapore, there are ample of associations that help women entrepreneurs connect with other women and build professional relationships. Here are a few highly rated women-friendly associations that women in Singapore can join.

CRIB Society

Source: CRIB

CRIB or Creating Responsible and Innovative Businesses Society is an association of women that promote social responsibility and innovative corporate practices in the country. CRIB Society is known for its assistance to female entrepreneurs in grasping opportunities of business and create jobs for other women. The group comprises of talented female mentors, entrepreneurs, and other members who support, inspire, and help each other in creating high-value businesses. CRIB conducts seminars, meetings, mentorship sessions, and matching programs that put together people with a similar mindset together and collaborate where needed. CRIB is the perfect association for women entrepreneurs who have just started on the journey.

What Do Members Get?

  • All the members are invited to a private online community managed by CRIB.
  • The members are also invited to private events held by society.
  • Discounts are offered on paid workshops and other partner events.
  • Business owners can submit their business proposals for review and feedback from the society.
  • Members are given access to the CRIB equip program, depending upon the membership plan.
  • Pro membership holders are invited to matchmaking and co-founder pairing programs.
  • Pro membership holders can also apply to be enlisted as CRIB preferred vendors.
  • Resident membership holders enjoy ten days of hot desking, mail handling, event planning, and discounted creche facility at Trehaus Funan.

How Much Does It Cost?

Basic Membership costs %150 per year, whereas Pro Membership can be subscribed for $250 per year. For Resident Membership, entrepreneurs will have to shell out $400 a year. More information on the memberships can be found on the CRIB website.

Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO)

Source: SCWO

Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations is one of its kind associations that represents 61 different organizations and strives for equality for women from different walks of life. SCWO was formulated in 1980 and had been working for the upliftment of the women in the country. The association not only focuses on the entrepreneurship programs but also focuses on social issues that concern women. For instance, the Star Shelter program provides a temporary refuge to women and children who have been victims of family violence. The association also helps women with free legal clinics supported by the association’s volunteer lawyers from the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers. The SCWO is a leading association in the country and is even endorsed by the Government.

What Do Members of Association Get?

  • Being a part of SCWO’s member / Association allow women from all walks of life to increases the chances of networking with people from different niches and specializations.
  • Since there are several different organizations involved, Association’s members can expect help and support in any form they require.
  • Association invites women to private events and debates.
  • Association’s Members get all the information that they need through e-newsletters.
  • Women can promote the news about their ventures and undertake on the association’s website.
  • Association provides facilities like meeting rooms, mailboxes, and office space for the members.

How Much Does It Cost?

Women based on their requirment can join any association. Click on the link to know more know about each association / Members of SCWO

Prime Time

Source: Prime Time

Prime Time is a volunteer-run professional association that helps women in fulfilling their aspirations. The diversity of the group is the primary reason for its popularity. The association comprises women from different industries, nations, family backgrounds, and personal experiences. The association aims at helping all its members in being leaders and better entrepreneurs. The group usually limits its size to 300 and conducts productive activities like community outreach programs, social gatherings, and discussion groups. 

Prime Time is also the member of Singapore Council of Women’s Association (SCWO), a non-profit society which offers their members to develop their skillset and spread their leadership. 

What Do Members Get?

  • Members are invites to private events and debates.
  • Association organizes informal get-togethers for members, providing an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to expand their network within and outside the country.
  • The leadership meetings that happen regularly are aimed at grooming the entrepreneurs to become better leaders.
  • Association has an exclusive and active online community on social media.

How Much Does It Cost?

Association provides two levels of memberships – ordinary and overseas. Singaporean entrepreneurs are offered ordinary membership plans which cost $140 per annum. This membership includes invitations to all online and offline events and discussions.

FWA – Financial Women’s Association

Source: FWA

FWA actively works towards driving professionalism among females in the finance sector, emphasizing the preparation of tomorrow’s leaders. The association started in 2001 by a group of like-minded people to develop and nurture talent in Singapore in the banking and financial sector. In a short time, FWA has become an essential association in the country and boasts more than 200 individuals and 30 corporate financial members. FWA holds informal meetings like ‘Bring Your Own Lunch’ and formal events like the annual mentoring program by industry leaders for its members. Members of FWA are provided with more than enough opportunities to network and grow into better entrepreneurs and office-bearers.

What Do Members Get?

  • Members are invited to private events that promise networking opportunities.
  • Members are given special rates and discounts on FWA partnered and sponsored/supported events.

How Much Does It Cost?

Individual members are charged S$120 every year as a membership fee. The duration of the membership expires at the end of each calendar year. Applicants who join the anytime after July 31 are charged on a pro-rated basis.

Girls In Tech

Source: Girls In Tech

Girls in Tech is an association of women workforce engaged in the field of technology. Girls in Tech work towards bettering the women in the field by ensuring that their opinion is heard and discussed. The association members come from vibrant backgrounds but work towards a common goal – promoting inclusivity at the workplace. The association has funded more than 4000 startups through its initiatives and onboarded more than 65,000 people in the coding and designing boot camps.

What Do Members Get?

  • Girls in Tech is an association made up of girls with strong opinions and will. Being a member of such an association brings in a lot of positive energy around the new members.
  • Members have access to the association’s private groups, programs, and forums where they can take-up and discuss issues that bother them at the workplace.
  • Members have access to networking opportunities with mentors and other members.
  • Association also has a job board exclusively for members.
  • Members get first-hand knowledge and news about the boot camps and pitch competitions organized by the association.

How Much Does it Cost?

Girls in Tech is a non-profit organization. This is one reason why the association does not charge any fee. However, if an applicant is willing to pay, the association accepts donations.

Business Women Network

Source: Business Women Network

BWN or Business Women Network was started with a view to help the women entrepreneurs gain ideas and learn from the experience of the women who have succeeded in setting up their business in Singapore. The association started from a single Facebook group and later moved onto offline meetings, forums, and networking events. BWN now has more than 2000 members, who love to support each other and collaborate on various tasks and projects. BWN is popular among new entrepreneurs due to the helpful nature of the association members towards each other.

What Do Members Get?

  • Members get a page on the official website of the association to share their business info and social media profiles.
  • Members are also introduced to other members and the world through the association’s official social media accounts. This mention includes images, links, and products/services details.
  • Members are given a discount on partner events.
  • Members are featured regularly in the BNW magazine.
  • Association allows the members to distribute flyers and cards at networking events.
  • At network meetings, members can pitch for up to 1 minute while their media plays on the screen.
  • Association provides free mentorship and explains how BNW can help.
  • Long term mentoring services are provided at a discounted rate.

How Much Does It Cost?

BWN membership cost is S$297 per year. This membership covers all the benefits mentioned above.

Networking is an essential tool for every entrepreneur. Though it can get stressful, and a tiresome task, but the benefits it carries cannot be neglected. Associations are one of the easiest ways to network. It brings people of a similar mindset closer, making it easier for everyone to share ideas, collaborate, and find partners. That being said, the success of the associations depends on the enthusiasm of its members, mentors, and founders. Therefore, it is crucial to research and learn about the ideology, quality, and nature of the association before you join one. An entrepreneur should look for the benefits that the association provides, motives that the association has, and the skills that its existing members carry. Ideally, an association should not just give support to its members, it should also have the potential to carve a better leader and entrepreneur out of its members.

Purnima Madaan

Purnima is a digital entrepreneur and likes to share her thoughts on business development and marketing. She likes to watch documentaries, read about customer psychology and review financial products. When she is not busy finding opportunities for her clients, she loves to indulge in fashion magazines and watch movies.

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Purnima is a digital entrepreneur and likes to share her thoughts on business development and marketing. She likes to watch documentaries, read about customer psychology and review financial products. When she is not busy finding opportunities for her clients, she loves to indulge in fashion magazines and watch movies.

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