Success Stories

We’ve worked with some amazing entrepreneurs to support their funding journey.

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Founding NCR member, Liris Maduningty, is co-founder of Indonesian shrimptech startup, JALA, raised US$6 million through the Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund.

JALA uses proprietary hardware and data platforms to improve the sustainability of the shrimp farming sector. The platform, which currently is being used by close to 7,000 farms, will also research how their ecosystem can contribute to more sustainable shrimp aquaculture globally.

Olivia Cotes-James

LUÜNA Naturals

Founded by NCR Entrepreneur-in- residence and leading voice on menstrual equity in Asia, Olivia Cotes-James, LUÜNA provides a woman-built ecosystem that supports menstrual wellness and removes the stigma from reproductive health. To-date, LUÜNA have raised over 1.4m USD in seed funding and received recognition for their pioneering work from organizations including The United Nations, who awarded them the Women's Empowerment Award at the Social Impact Awards 2021.

Mariane Hughes

KNO Global

Mariane Hughes was an NCR Entrepreneur-in-Residence. KNO Global is a real-time transparent data platform for brands, factories and workers that humanises the supply chain.

In addition to equity funding rounds won the US$10,000 cash prize from ADB Ventures Impact Award at the 2021 She Loves Tech conference.
Listen to her interview on our podcast!

Sarah Garner Retykle


NCR Alumni, Sarah Garner is the founder of online resale platform Retykle. They secured a US$950K seed round backed by Lazada Co-founder Tim Rath and social entrepreneur John Wood.

Retykle has re-circulated >200,000 items since launching in 2016 and has operations in Hong Kong & Singapore and plans to launch in additional markets.


Jingjin Liu, founder of ZaZaZu was an NCR Entrepreneur-in-Residence. ZaZaZu secured US$500K from Angel Syndicates and one lead VC however, recognising they are still in product/market fit stage, decided NOT to take the money and instead pivoted their business model from B2C to B2B.

Jingjin Liu, founder of ZaZaZu was an NCR Entrepreneur-in-Residence. ZaZaZu secured US$500K from Angel Syndicates and one lead VC however, recognising they are still in product/market fit stage, decided NOT to take the money and instead pivoted their business model from B2C to B2B.

Natalie Chan

OWN Academy

Through joining a NCR x Cartier pop up event, founder Natalie Chan was accepted as one of of 24 fellows selected from 876 applicants, the 2021 Cartier Women's Initiative Fellows. The platform is committed to helping the next generation find purpose in life, through career experiences and content with top industry leaders & change drivers, is fast on its way to the next milestone: reaching one million students in Asia Pacific.

(Polly) Palak Shah Setunga

Conscious Paper

One of our founding members, (Polly) Palak Shah Setunga, founder of Conscious Paper has gone from strength to strength. Since launching in 2020, Polly successfully completed the World Start Up program in The Netherlands. Since launch they have been building an impressive roster of high high profile clients such as The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, L’Occitane and Mandarin Oriental.

My Umami Life

As an NCR member, we have watched Tammie Tsang’s journey as a passion-driven entrepreneur launching My Umami Life and now FAMACY, the pharmacy of the future, together with award-winning Locofama group founder Larry Tang in Hong Kong.

Tammie is a resilient founder with an eventful and inspiring past startingin TV production, sports media who then re-educated herself in holistic nutrition and professional culinary training at America’s #1 farm-to-table restaurant. Tammie continually inspires us with her focus on “always listen to your voice inside, the more you listen, the louder it becomes.”

Ekta Tejwan


After successfully fundraising on our Next Chapter crowdfunding platform, founder Ekta Tejwani secured grants through D-Biz Hong Kong and Singapore University of Social Sciences( SG). She won HK JCI Jayceettes, Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 APAC Award, and was part of the Top 10 Alibaba HK Online Pitch.
Watch out for the Version 2.0 of the app to serve their 8,000+ user base.

Jill Van Vugt

Collagen Lab

Founder Jill Van Vugt won the NCR x Founder Institute Fellowship to take their prestigious 3-month program in Hong Kong. This process helped Jill develop a bonafide investment-ready business model and relationships with aesthetic clinics to become a regenerative aesthetics powerhouse in Hong Kong. They are currently pitching to investors and have successfully acquired long term client commitments.

Founder Story

Next Chapter Raise is a community that is not just driven by vision but also by reason. NCR’s founder, Nicole Denholder, took note of the gap in the funding ecosystem. A lot of businesses were getting funded, but a very small percentage of these startups were led by women.

To bring a change, Nicole moved on from her 12 years long corporate career and began her entrepreneurial journey.

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