About the сontest
About the сontest

APEC BEST AWARD is an international contest initiated in 2015 at the APEC site by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Women's Entrepreneurship Development
of "OPORA RUSSIA".

The contest has established itself as one of the best projects in the field of popularization of women's entrepreneurship and attracting attention to talented projects that are potentially scalable in the APEC markets (among SMEs).
19 economies became active participants of the contest.

The main goal of the project is to select and promote within APEC the best success stories of female owners and managers of SMEs, key tools that help them in business development. In addition, the attention of the media, investors, government and public organizations representatives is attracted to the participants and their business models, popularizing the idea of entrepreneurship among women and thereby involving them in the economy and giving the idea of implementation to the potentially active population of the Asia-Pacific region.
History
History
2016
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
Peru
Ms. WEI XIAO
President of Beijing LanChao Clothing Technology Development Co., Ltd
People's Republic of China
Lanchao Group was founded in 2004. Over 10 years, Lanchao has been developing and producing an underwear. Now, Lanchao Group takes the saving physical health as the core business and continues to improve the products and services based on the scientific theory and technologies.
Lanchao creates an intergrated platform "Lanchao Smart Production" for physical health management.
Lanchao Group has a new production - learning - research system using the Lanchao Physical Health Management Science and Technology Research Institute.
2017
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
Vietnam
Ms. Rika Yajima
President and Founder of aeru company
Japan
"Аeru" — the brand of goods for everyday life that are created by Japanese craftsmen based on the traditions of Japan for children from 0 to 6 years old. The founder of the brand considers it important to introduce children to the environment and lifestyle of Japanese people based on traditions from an early age.

The company started with an online retail store. In 2014, a direct retail store "aeru meguro" was opened in Tokyo, and the following year — "Aeru gojo" in Kyoto. Now the stores sell traditional goods made by order of the company of artisans. The company has gone its own way of development from the sale of individual goods to the creation of many ecosystems where various Japanese traditions are combined. The new direction of the company is called "air room". Several partner hotels are creating hotel rooms (one in each hotel), specially designed using traditional Japanese craft technologies characteristic of the region.

2018
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
Papua New Guinea
Miran Kim
Founder of Shimpyo & Neukkimpyo Co., Ltd,
Korea
Kim adopted the concept of "3 Rs" – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and adapted it to her business model. Her business aims to reduce social costs, reuse human resources and recycle careers. Kim hopes that her company can help close employment gaps and maximize the growth potential of women in the workplace.
2019
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
Chile
Ekaterina Postoeva
Founder and director LLC
«Morojko»
Russia
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
APEC BEST AWARD winner
Grand Prix
Malaysia
Svetlana Shmakova
Founder of the
FOODCODE brand
Russia
FOODCODE is a modern concept of delicious and healthy food. Limiting yourself, killing yourself in the gym and giving up your favorite food for the sake of benefits is no longer relevant. Attention to yourself, sports for fun and delicious food that benefits the body – this is our new reality. The FOODCODE assortment includes more than 40 items: buns, breads, eclairs, cakes, Cantuccini cookies, croissants and others. We know how to make delicious products healthy using only natural gluten-free ingredients.
2021
The GRAN PRIX winner
of APEC BEST AWARD
New Zealand
Mijin Gwon
Founder and chief executive officer company «Ag-Uni»
Korea
Mijin Gwon from Korea won the grand prize with her biotechnology company, Ag-Uni, where she is founder and chief executive officer. The company developed a precision agriculture solution that helps minimize the variability of resources' quality and yield by analyzing and monitoring the root and soil environment, formulating the best farming system to produce high quality products by leveraging the data.
2022
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Thailand
Winners in Nominations
Winners in Nominations
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.
2021
Nomination:
"Best Family Business Support"
New Zealand
Olga Ermachenko
Founder and Director of the company "Garden of Joy"
Russia (Volgograd)
Olga Ermachenko, an entrepreneur from Volgograd, specializes in the development and production of modern art objects to increase the attractiveness of cities, large chains of shopping and entertainment centers. The company was one of the first in Russia to produce metal light figures decorating the streets and parks of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Vladivostok, Volgograd (including using the company's own technologies). The company has research and design departments that develop projects for smart cities.

The company's products are supplied to the USA, Germany, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Olga's family members work in the company.
Nominations
Nominations

APEC BEST AWARD


BCG economy leader

Best indigenous culture saving project

Connecting people without borders

Best 4th industrial revolution
project

Best family business support

Best top manager in BCG 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.

1
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 10 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