Allison is a ‘Jill of all trades’: an entrepreneur, program manager and policy analyst with experience managing social enterprise programs in Singapore and Myanmar. She has a passion for entrepreneurship, private sector development and impact investing. Allison is also a Partner at Morris & Silvester – an international development and emerging market advisory firm operating out of Singapore and Yangon. She holds an MPA from Sciences Po, Paris and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from Emory University. Her background in microfinance, education policy and women’s empowerment programs have led her to work with various agencies as a consultant, including the OECD, Care Myanmar and HelpAge International.
Allison and her team have created a complete entrepreneurial ecosystem through their business, Project Hub Yangon. Project Hub was born into fruition after seeing the numerous obstacles faced by aspiring entrepreneurs in Yangon, such as high-rent, poor internet, and a non-existent entrepreneurial community . So Allison and her team came up with a solution. Their vision follows the idea of fostering and supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in Yangon. The Project Hub Team describes it is as “…a member driven community for Yangon’s entrepreneurs to help them bring their ideas to profitability with flexible and affordable services, such as information-rich co-working space, excellent internet, mentorship and advice, a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, seminars and workshops, and other events to prepare entrepreneurs for business.”
Things at Project Hub are getting exciting – the co-working space is open and they recently launched their first incubation program. Last year, Allison was the Organizer for the first Global Entrepreneurship Week in Yangon.
Project Hub partnered with StartUp Cup last year for the first Yangon StartUp Cup in Myanmar. As the Organizer, Allison was able to work closely with the StartUp Cup Team. She says, “Working with the StartUp Cup team has been fantastic. Sean and Kristen were incredibly supportive of our efforts to bring StartUp Cup to Myanmar last year and we really appreciated their flexibility to allow us to adjust the format to fit the needs we had. We look forward to working with them again this year!”