13 Feb 2015
The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs March Launch

Hong Kong, 9 Feb 2015 – The Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT) is proud to present a one-of-a-kind photojournalism book that celebrates the contribution of the everyday entrepreneur. The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs is a unique photo-book that features 100 entrepreneurs from 95 countries who represent the vast majority of those responsible for creating jobs and holding the global economy together. To mark its launch a six day public exhibition is being staged at Pacific Place, Admiralty (5 -10 Mar).

The book offers an alternative to the view that most successful entrepreneurs were trained at elite business schools," says Project Director Chandran Nair. "Here are people who have never written a formal business plan, hired an investment bank, planned an exit strategy or even dreamt of a stock market floatation. Some work for themselves, others employ a few people, still others a few hundred. These are the people behind the statistic that small and medium-sized businesses contribute half of all jobs in Africa and two-thirds in Asia."

The Other Hundred Entrepreneurs emerged from a pool of 10,000 images shot in nearly 150 countries and includes inspiring stories of people from all walks of life.

“As a novelist, perhaps the most engaging tale of resourcefulness and resilience is that of Philani, a 24-year old recovering drug addict in Johannesburg, who reviews second-hand books on the streets, relating his opinion to passersby. If they like what they hear, they can buy the books from him," says celebrated Malaysian novelist Tash Aw in the introduction. Learn more at

The Other Hundred is a not-for-profit project initiated by The Global Institute for Tomorrow and supported by the generous support of ORIX Corporation, East West Cultural Development Centre (a member of IMC Group), RS Group, TC Capital, Solving Efeso, IDS Medical Systems, APG, Quam Financial Services Group, BASF, Nexus Group, Uniplan Hong Kong Limited, Jim Hildebrandt, Laurie Young and Ranjan Marwah. The venue for the launch event is available thanks to the generosity of Swire Properties Limited.

The Global Institute For Tomorrow – GIFT – is an independent think tank providing content-rich and intellectually challenging executive education from an Asian worldview.

*** INVITATION You are cordially invited to a media cocktail reception at Garden Court, Pacific Place (outside MTR Exit F) at 6:00pm, March 5th. Please RSVP (contact below) to confirm your attendance. ***

Media and Enquiries: Surya Balakrishnan
Project Manager, The Other Hundred

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