Get into the Mind of an Entrepreneur (+Podcast)
Why Myanmar is the Most Challenging Spots for Entrepreneur?
Together with partners, FNF Myanmar launches its first podcast: Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how they overcome their obstacles – and be inspired to start your own business.
With its multifold crisis, Myanmar might be one of the most challenging spots for entrepreneurs. Still, there are undaunted business people who manage to grow their companies despite the many challenges.What are their secrets? How do they cope with stress, and how do they motivate each day to take on the struggle? Why did they decide to start a business instead of pursuing a career as an employee? What specific difficulties face female entrepreneurs?
FNF Myanmar’s podcast “The Mind of an Entrepreneur” gives detailed answers to all these questions. Our hosts, FNF communications officer Ayemyat Mon and Kyaw Zin from FNF partner Call Me Today, present the journeys of successful startups as well as SME and look deep into the minds of their founders.The podcast are be uploaded every Thursday on the Facebook Page of Impact Hub, a long-standing FNF Partner that trains SMEs and their employees. It’s also available on Soundcloud.
The first of nine episodes covers potential differences between men and women leading businesses and puts a light on the challenges and boundaries of being a female boss. We invited startup-ups founders who are successfully running their businesses. Mr. Okka Myo from Impact Hub Yango, one of the famous SMEs Hub in Myanmar, and Ms. Shwe Yamin Oo from Recyglo Myanmar, a waste management start-up.
The second episode is about " Are start-ups becoming as a coping strategy for joblessness for youths" and it's about discussion with one of the digital marketing farms in Myanmar. FNF invited Wai Yan Thwin to discuss about his opinion on current joblessness in youths and does it lead to start-ups?
The 3rd episode is about Falling Walls Lab (FWL). This is a global innovation competition that is locally organized by FNF Myanmar. We invited FLW labs winner of 2018, Dr.Thant Htoo Aung, and the organizer of FWL Myanmar, Dr. Aung Thu Hein.
In the 4rd episode, FNF Myanmar invited Khin Sandar Win, who is currently working as a Senior Mobile Engineer at Rakuten. She tells us how she started her tech journey, how her family supports her and talks about differences between local and international organizations.
In the 5th episode Ms Nang Ei Ei Mon, Founder of How She Did It, talks about how SME and Startups are struggling in this crisis and the importance of mental health.. How She Did It is a training and coaching company that focuses on equipping Myanmar women with digital skills.
A very interesting topic is covered in the 6th episode. In Myanmar, women are mostly in the kitchen and create cooking art for the whole family. But during the covid 19 crisis, they started to think to sell their meals online, so FNF invited a woman social entrepreneur named Nway Nway Soe, Founder of Cook Kitchens Myanmar. She invented a digital platform where every woman can sell their homemade meals during the covid-19 pandemic.
In the 7th episode, you learn how to start a business in Myanmar as a woman. In this episode, FNF invites Ma Khaing Wah Aung, founder of the free-range egg farm Shwe Taung Nyo Gyee.
You hear about the motivations of start-up founders in Myanmar in 8th episode. Start-up founder Dr.Thurein Hlaing Win tells his interesting story. He initiated a medical website where we can find thousands of medical-related articles in one place without seeing to doctors for minor medications.
In the last episode, we discuss social enterprises and their resilience. Social business owner Ma Thida Win talks about social project Plan Bee. It reinvests profits in training new beekeepers every year, and buys honey at a fair-trade price.