About the сontest
About the сontest

APEC BEST AWARD
accumulates the "success stories" of women MSME owners & SME top managers. The Contest was initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and the Committee on Women Entrepreneurship Development of OPORA RUSSIA (non-governmental organization for small and medium business) in 2015.

The contest was held 4 times in the frame of APEC Women & The Economy Forum:
June 2016, Lima, Peru;
September 2017, Hue, Viet Nam;
September 2018, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
October 2019, La Serena,Chile

The aim of the contest is support and promotion of women entrepreneurial practices in APEC economies and the key instruments they applied when saving and developing businesses in time of challenges and COVID-19 threats across APEC economies.

History
History
2016
Nomination:
«Best Social Impact»
Peru
Eugenia Lazareva
Founder of «Kids Rock Fest»
«Kids Rock Fest» is the new format of event for you and your children. Live music, Educational and fun games, Tasty and healthy food=happiness for every one.

Since 2014, the open-air Festival has been held annually in Moscow. Usually it is timed to coincide with Children's Day. The main idea of Kids Rock Fest is that rock music unites all generations of the family, and also creates an environment for joint creativity of children, dads, moms, grandparents.
2017
Nomination:
«International Attractiveness»
Viet Nam
Natalia Larchenko
Founder LCC
«Matryoshka Rus» (Matryoshka)
Matryoshka is a Russian brand of conceptual gifts, jewelry and clothes. Matryoshka brand concept idea is based on one of the most popular and easiest to recognize symbols of Russia – famous doll in doll known as matryoshka. Form, color and functionality - the triangle on which Matryoshka is built and developed. Each Matryoshka product is also created according to the recent trends in fashion and design. Thus it has different target groups and is bought by foreign guests as a modern design present from Russia or by Russians as a fashion jewelry.
2018
Nomintaion:
«The Fourth Industrial Revolution Project»
Papua New Guinea
Dr. Liudmila Shcherbakova
Founder of LLC «Velpharm»
Velpharm represents the latest technologies, a first – class production complex, qualified personnel, a balanced product portfolio, as well as a course to fulfill strategically important state tasks-I ncreasing the share of domestic production to 50% by 2030.
2019
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
Chile
Ekaterina Postoeva
Founder and director LLC
«Morojko»
Morojko is not just a good ice cream, it is also a rich taste of the most delicate milk dessert, which is prepared according to the recipe and technology of its creators.... The abundance of flavors of our soft ice cream and natural milkshakes will not leave indifferent even the most capricious sweet lovers. It is better to try it once than to read about it a hundred times
2020
Maybe Your name should be here? Hurry up to apply for participation!
Malaysia
Nominations
Nominations

APEC BEST AWARD


Best growth potential

International attractiveness

The Best business sustainability in tackling pandemic

The 4-th industrial revolution project

The Best Family business support

The Best Top Manager in post-pandemic economy (separate competition)
Terms of participation
Terms of participation
Each member economy can nominate 2 candidates (finalists) (1 for the first 6 nominations and 1 for the 7-th nomination) among entrepreneurs and CEO of SME.

The host economy can nominate up to 4 candidates for the APEC BEST AWARD in total.

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Candidates of the entrepreneurial part of the Contest (for the first 6 nominations) are females from currently running a micro-, small or medium enterprise (MSME to be defined according to relevant domestic legislation). However, to be eligible, the relevant MSMEs must have not less than 50% of business equity under candidate ownership for the first 6 nominations.
2
Be able to make video presentation of a potentially replicable business model.
3
Have operated in their local market for 2 to 7 years and have overcome the "break-even point".
4
Candidates participating in competition to win the nomination "The Best Top Manager in post-pandemic economy" are also females from APEC member economies currently leading (managing) a small or medium enterprise (with SME to be defined according to relevant domestic legislation). The presentations of such candidates should demonstrate the leading potential of the participant and key steps following the manager decisions in business development, social support and tackling the pandemic impact.
Contest programm
12 November 2020,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GMT
10:00 – 10:30
10:00 – 10:30
Registration
10:30 – 10:50
10:30 – 10:50
Opening remarks
  • Ms.Irina Saltykova
    Leader of the project APEC BEST AWARD
  • Ms. Nadiya Cherkasova
    Deputy SEO, vice President of Bank Otkrytie
  • Ms. Natalia Strigunova
    Deputy Director of Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Head of Russia's Delegation, Russia
  • Ms.Natalia Stapran
    Director of Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Russia
  • Hon. Ms. Fumiko Hayashi
    Mayor of City of Yokohama, Japan
  • Dr. Hishamuddin
    the PPWE Co-Chair
  • Ms.Carolina Cuevas
    Undersecretary of the Ministry of Women and the Gender Equity, Chile

Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
10:50 – 11:05
10:50 – 11:05
Presentation of Ceremony proceedings

Presentation of Jury Members and Participants from Economies
Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
10:55 – 10:58
10:55 – 10:58
Family Photo
(Speakers, Jury Members, Participants)
11:00 – 12:40
11:00 – 12:40
Sessions
Up to 3-minute presentation and 5 minutes Q&A session per each participant
(TBC – the time limit according to the number of participants)

  1. Mrs. Marlienna Suwito S.Sos,M.Psi
    Founder and CEO of Dried Bird Nest (Indonesia)
  2. Ms. Viola Cheng (CHENG,HUI-RU)
    Founder and CEO of Good Food Enterprise Co., Ltd (Chinese Taipei)
  3. Ms. Daniela Carolina Schneider Alvear
    Founder of Celifamily gluten free (Chile)
  4. Ms. Carys Mihardja
    Founder of Carys Cares, (Indonesia)
  5. Mrs. Norzilawaty Binti MD Isa
    Lykke familie enterprise(Malaysia)
  6. Ms. Hanna Kim
    Founder and CEO of Grip corporation co., Ltd (Republic of Korea)
  7. Ms. Fabiola Ortiz Ruiz
    CEO and Co-founder of MUJERES CONECTADAS (Mexico)
  8. Ms. LU Yunjuan
    Founder Founder of Beijing Snowlotus Biotechnology Co.LTD (People's Republic of China)
  9. Ms. Svetlana Shmakova
    Founder and CEO of LLC FOODCODE (Russia)
  10. Ms. Winnie Chan Wei Wei
    Founder and CEO of (Singapore)
Closing reamarks

Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
12:45 – 13:25
12:45 – 13:25
Jury sessions
13 November 2020,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
GMT
10:00 – 10:30
10:00 – 10:30
Registration
10:30 – 10:45
10:30 – 10:45
Opening remarks
  • Ms. Irina Saltykova,
    Project Leader of the APEC BEST AWARD
  • Ms. Natalia Strigunova,
    Deputy Director of Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Head of Russia's Delegation, Russia
  • Rina Zoet,
    Head/Coordinator of Secretary General of the Indonesian BusinessWomen Association (IWAPI), Indonesia;
  • Miran Kim,
    the winner of the APEC BEST AWARD 2018, Republic of Korea


Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
10:45 – 10:55
10:45 – 10:55
Presentation of Ceremony proceedings

Presentation of Jury Members and Participants from Economies
Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
10:55 – 10:58
10:55 – 10:58
Family Photo
Speakers, Jury Members, Participants
11:00 – 12:40
11:00 – 12:40
Sessions
Up to 2.5-minute presentation and 5 minutes Q&A session per each participant
  1. Mrs. Yessie D. Yosetya
    Director & Chief Information – Digital Officer PT. XL Axiata (Indonesia)
  2. Ms. Shau-Feng Chang
    CEO of BELX Bio-Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd (Chinese Taipei)
  3. Ms. Gina Toh
    Co-Foounder of DAP Asia Pacific (S) Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  4. Ms. Hyanghee Jeon
    CEO of SJ Global Co., Ltd (Republic of Korea)
  5. Ms. Kobayashi Kotomi
    Manabelle Ltd. (Japan)
  6. Ms. Cherrie De Erit Atilano
    Founder of AGREA Agricultural Systems International Inc. (Philippines)
  7. Ms. Kuzmenko Ksenia
    Co-founder &CEO of ADAPTIKA (Russia)
  8. Mrs. NorulAfidah Binti Zulkifli
    Mimpi Kita SDN BHD (Malaysia)
  9. Ms. Teresa de Mercedes Cordero Cuellar
    BEYSSA (Chile)
  10. Mrs. Elena Achar Samra
    Co Founder and Partner of MUJERES CONECTAD (Mexico)

Moderator: Ms. Irina Saltykova, Ph.D, Ericsson Training Center, Russia
12:40 – 13:15
12:40 – 13:15
Coffee break
Jury consultations
13:20 – 14:20
13:20 – 14:20
Award ceremony
Closing remarks:

  • Ms. Galina Karelova
    The Deputy Chairman of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
  • Ms. Lee So Young
    Chairman of International Innovative Women's Association, Republic of Korea
  • Ms. Natalia Strigunova
    Deputy Director of Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Head of Russia's Delegation, Russia
Time difference between the capitals of APEC economies 10:30 GMT corresponds to:
Time difference between the capitals of APEC economies
10:30 GMT corresponds to:
Recognize yourself? We invite you to take part in the national selection for the right to represent Russia at the APEC BEST AWARD final!
From the first person
From the first person
In 2015, the initiative of the Committee on the of women's entrepreneurship development of OPORA RUSSIA to create an international competition APEC BEST AWARD was supported by the Ministry of economic development of Russia. For the fifth year, together with the Ministry, we are organizing and holding an international competition in APEC, inviting Russian women entrepreneurs to participate. We see that every year the number of applications for participation in the competition increases many times, which confirms the increased interest and demand for the project on the part of the business community. Of course, this is a direct result of our systematic, everyday work to promote women's entrepreneurship and create conditions that promote the growth of women's entrepreneurial activity in Russia.
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Nadia Cherkasova,
Vice-President,
Chairman of the Committee on the women's entrepreneurship development of OPORA RUSSIA

Participation in the APEC BEST AWARD competition will give you the opportunity to see how your business is evaluated at it on a global scale, how interesting it is to people with different mentalities, since representatives of 21 APEC economies work in the jury and in the audience. In addition, it will be a push to expand business abroad. I wish you success!
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Irina Saltykova,
APEC BEST AWARD Project Leader
Participants about AWARD
Participants about AWARD
Participation in the APEC BEST AWARD competition will give you the opportunity to see how your business is evaluated at it on a global scale, how interesting it is to people with different mentalities, since representatives of 21 APEC economies work in the jury and in the audience. In addition, it will be a push to expand business abroad. I wish you success!

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Rika Yajima,
from Japan, founder and CEO of AERU
Winner of GRAN PRIX in Y2017
The award had a big impact on us. It has strengthened our credibility as an enterprise and increased brand awareness. We were on the front page of a national newspaper that got a lot of coverage and a media run. This has opened the door for more features, media coverage, participation in speeches, etc.
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Ms. Anya Lim
from Philippines, Y2016
Everything with my business is going excellent. Now I am in the short list of women in Compliance Awards, and also I am going to be speaker among the women in Compliance Conference. Winning in the category of international attractiveness has encouraged me to be world class and expand my business to others countries..
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Ms. Susanna Sierra
from Chile
I'm very happy to announce you that after attending APEC BEST AWARD we have received more inquires from many overseas companies, and now our products are available on Chinese online shopping site which is our first experience of overseas expansion. CNN contacted us and we were interviewed, its news was broadcasted over the region.
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Ms. Yuka Mitsuhata
from Japan