May 19, 2020

Adams & Adams offers R50,000 prize in innovation contest

South Africa
Adams & Adams
Wintec Innovation
STRATFLEX
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Adams & Adams offers R50,000 prize in innovation contest

This year’s Design Indaba  Expo Innovation Award, sponsored by top SA law firm Adams & Adams, will reward the Expo exhibitor who has exemplary powers of invention with a R50,000 boost to their business.

Kim Seelinger, Manager of the 2014 Design Indaba Expo Innovation Award, said: “Innovation is survival; it takes imagination and experimentation.

“Since 2012, the Design Indaba Expo has recognised the process of innovation; of translating an idea into a design, product or service that really creates value.

“The Design Indaba Expo Innovation Award celebrates this process and encourages exhibitors at the expo to take a risk and to push themselves in terms of quality and originality.

“We are proud to have Adams & Adams Attorneys sponsor the award for 2014."

Jason Cleghorn, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Adams & Adams, said: “Adams & Adams has been the official legal advisor and associate sponsor of the Design Indaba for two years. 

“The sponsorship of the Innovation Award is a natural extension of our involvement in what is arguably one of the world’s leading creative platforms.”

As the largest IP law firm in Africa and the Southern hemisphere, Cleghorn said Adams & Adams is passionate about innovation as it underpins the IP work they perform. 

He said: “We are also cognisant of the fact that creative innovation manifests in growing sustainable economies, and encourages wealth and job creation. 

“The Design Indaba Expo is home to exhibitors of some of the world’s most innovative creative products which go on to shape and mould the environments in which they function.”

Last year’s Design Indaba Expo 2013's Innovation Award went to Al Stratford's design company Wintec Innovation,for their STRATFLEX™ systems. STRATFLEX™ which enables rigid flat boards to be strategically flexed, in two and three dimensions, to create seating and related products for the flatpack market.

Al Stratford of Wintec Innovation:  “The product gives me a legacy to leave to those around me. Design Indaba provided us a launching pad for recognition in South Africa and internationally.”

The Criteria for the award: The winning product must be original, must be on display at the Expo, must be manufacturable, present a significant new direction for the designer, make a notable contribution to SA design, have been launched in the past year – after Design Indaba 2013, and must demonstrate exceptional skill and workmanship.The deadline for entries is 17 February 2014.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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