India’s entrepreneurial genius Ankiti Bose, co-founder of fashion e-commerce giant Zilingo, is all set to join the largest global sports media property in Asian history – ONE Championship (ONE).
Ankiti will be one of the 12 guest CEOs on the ONE ambitious reality show – The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. As the sports world has come to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
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Slated to start at the end of the year, The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will be an adaptation of popular American show ‘The Apprentice’. Albeit, with a fresh concept. Billed as a “high-stakes game of business competitions and physical challenges, this brainchild of ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong will witness 12 of Asia’s top CEOs as guest judges, one of whom will be the Mumbai-born Ankiti.
Ankiti’s out-of-the-box ideas, ability to take risks and her fantastic entrepreneurial skills have made her a pillar in the business of fashion. Starting her career as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company before joining Sequoia Capital as an investment analyst, the 23-year-old Ankiti has co-founded Zilingo as a fashion tech and commerce platform in 2015.
The Singapore-based Zilingo has since transformed itself into a platform focussed on business-to-business (B2B) sales, going on to raise over $ 300,000,000 and becoming one of the largest B2B commerce businesses in Asia in the process.
“It is my honor to announce that Ankiti Bose, co-Founder and CEO of Zilingo, has been confirmed as one of the 12 guest CEOs on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. Ankiti is a truly inspiring young woman who was able to convert her dream into reality. Her business acumen is absolutely incredible and I have no doubt she will be a huge inspiration for our 16 contestants. I am excited to have Ankiti on the show,” said Sityodtong.
The young business leader will judge 16 contestants who will vie for a highly lucrative prize money of $250,000 and a job under the mentorship of Sityodtong at ONE Championship Global Headquarters in Singapore.
Ankiti’s efforts and success have been recognized on major awards platforms including a feature in Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list in 2018. Her passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and help small businesses flourish make her an ideal choice to be one of the judges.
“I am thrilled to join Chatri on the show. This is a very exciting format of the sport and a great business idea is what is the beginning to every success story. The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is a great platform to inculcate that from the bright minds which I am really looking forward to seeing. It will be one of the most exhilarating experiences for the contestants and we hope to discovering some of the brightest minds among them,” Ankiti said.
The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will be available on both streaming and linear platforms across the pan-Asian region, apart from major television networks in 150 countries where it is expected to have a 4 billion potential broadcast viewership reach.