Today, many networking communities are emerging in Singapore to cater solely to the needs of female entrepreneurs. Here is a list of female-focused groups in the country.

The Athena Network Singapore

Established in the UK in 2005, Athena came to Singapore in 2012. Since then, it has been the leading community for female executives and entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific. Aiming to help women attain career success, Athena provides a platform for its members to share information, experiences and business contacts across a diverse range of industry sectors. They hold regular Cappuccino Connections, Executive Connections, Executive Club meetings, and other events such as the Women’s Startup Conversations.

The annual membership fee for Athena is SGD500. As an exclusive member, female entrepreneurs can enjoy various benefits including access to 10 Cappuccino Connections, 10 Executive Connections, 2 Executive Club lunch meetings, and other special events and conferences. Members can also enjoy special offers from exclusive partners, and a free directory listing on  Executive Lifestyle wherein they can publish monthly articles, offers and events regarding their businesses.

Since Athena is a global community, it is ideal for female entrepreneurs who wish to expand their contacts around the world. Check their page at Athena Network, or book your slot at the next Athena Network.

Creating Responsible and Innovative Businesses (CRIB) Society

CRIB is a Singapore-based social enterprise that aims to help women attain career fulfilment and financial independence as well as build strong family ties and contribute to the economy. With this mindset, CRIB acknowledges the importance work-life balance. Through activities such as the CRIB Society, CRIB Match and CRIB Incubation, the community addresses these issues and empowers female entrepreneurs.

CRIB provides two options for membership. The basic membership costs SGD80 per annum. This includes access to CRIB Society events at discounted prices, access to members-only events, access to the members-only online community, and an opportunity to submit business proposals for feedback.

The Pro membership costs SGD180 per annum. The benefits include the basic membership benefits as well as access to exclusive VIP events, eligibility for CRIB Match pitching and co-founder pairing, access to a specialist mentor for on business guidance, and eligibility for CRIB Incubator.

Aptly named, CRIB addresses the need of women to establish their careers successfully as well as to raise their families. Check out CRIB Website.

PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association

For 18 years since its establishment in 1997, PrimeTime has provided a unique experience for women seeking professional, social as well as community fulfilment. With around 400 members represented by over 30 nationalities, the association prides itself on its diversity in cultural backgrounds, professional experiences and personal interests. Run by volunteers, the community can host over 90 activities including talks, discussion groups, professional networking events, social gatherings and community outreach programs every year. Aside from business and entrepreneurship, their activities also include The Arts Group, Book Review, Professional Mothers Group, WineTime and Personal Power Lunch.

The ordinary membership fee for residents of Singapore and the overseas membership fee are both SGD140 per annum. Benefits include access to all events at member rates, Facebook and LinkedIn Groups and members-only sections of the website. The alumni membership fee for women who are no longer residents of Singapore is SGD50. Benefits include member rates for the first four events attended during the year and access to Facebook and LinkedIn Groups and members-only sections of the website.

PrimeTime has a wide variety of members and activities that address entrepreneurship along with personal growth, motherhood and personal interests such as art and literature. Check their page at PrimeTime.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).