The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition Updates

ONE Championship has announced that Catcha Group co-Founder and Group CEO Patrick Grove will join The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition as one of twelve guest CEOs, when the hit reality television series airs later this year.

Grove will participate in the show alongside ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong, to help judge and mentor the sixteen contestants who are set to compete in a high-stakes game of business competitions and physical challenges.

Chatri predicts that the sixteen participants will learn a great deal from Grove.

“It is my pleasure to welcome my good friend, Patrick Grove, co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. Without a doubt, Patrick is one of the most accomplished self-made entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region. Our 16 contestants on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will learn a lot from Patrick’s knowledge and experience.”

Grove is the co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, iFlix, and Rev Asia. Grove’s business savvy has seen him become the only person in the world to take five companies from startup to Initial Public Offering (IPO) and has collectively created companies worth over US$1,000,000,000. 

Grove, who is also the co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, a portfolio, including iProperty, and iCar Asia, says can’t wait to work with Chatri.

Super pumped to work with Chatri to find the next entrepreneurial superstars! ONE Championship has done an amazing job finding fighting superstars, and I’m sure together, Chatri and I will find entrepreneurial superstars.”

ONE has also announced that it has hired Refinery Media as the company’s production partner in The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, bringing the hit reality television series to life, when it airs at the end of the year.

Refinery Media has experience working in reality and non-scripted programming, including Amazing Race Asia, Asia’s Next Top Model, SupermodelMe, Cesar’s Recruit Asia, and many other shows.

Chatri said he’s been impressed with Refinery’s Media’s work over the years.

“I am impressed by Refinery Media’s creativity and experience in bringing the best non-scripted and reality programming to screens in Asia and around the world. The production quality by the Refinery Media team was second to none. We look forward to an incredible inaugural season of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.”

Founder of Refinery Media Karen Seah, believes that The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition has all the right ingredients to be a success.

We are very excited to be working with ONE Championship, a global media powerhouse that has all of the pillars to give The Apprentice a modern, edgy take with worldwide appeal. Chatri’s vision and drive will surely inspire millions of fans across the world. These ingredients are a producer’s dream come true.”

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition will invite sixteen (16) contestants handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes game of business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work for a year directly under Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong as his protege in Singapore.

UPDATE 11/5/20:

ONE Championship has now announced new strategic partnerships with Xiaomi, Intel, HP and Logitech. These revenue partnerships will leverage multiple ONE content stacks and platforms, including ONE Championship’s martial arts and esports businesses, as well as ONE Studios. Commitments span martial arts and esports platforms in 2020 and will also include The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.

ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong put the new partnerships down to his team’s outstanding work.

“The announcement of these partnerships is a testament to our team’s exceptional work alongside global brands to solve their marketing and business needs,” Chatri said. “We believe that by harnessing the power and reach of our content stacks and platforms, brands can benefit from engaging with our millions of fans across the globe.”

UPDATE 14/5/20:

ONE Championship has now announced that Zilingo Co-Founder and CEO Ankiti Bose will be joining The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition as one of 12 guest CEOs, helping to judge and mentor the 16 contestants on the show.

Bose founded Zilingo five years ago when she was only 23 years old. Under her leadership, Zilingo has raised over $300,000,000 and created one of the largest B2B commerce businesses in Asia. Chatri said it is an honour to have Ankiti on board.

“It is my honour 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.”

UPDATE 21/5/20:

ONE has just announced that their existing ONE Esport partnership with TUMI, will now include a special branded challenge during the first season of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.

Together with ONE Esports, TUMI will challenge the show’s contestants to design, market, and launch the ultimate luxury gaming bag in an episode of the first series.

TUMI Creative Director Victor Sanz, said that he excited to see what the contestants can come up with.

“We are excited to partner with ONE Championship on ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.’ We look forward to seeing the innovative designs and out-of-the-box marketing launch plans the contestants come up with to elevate the journeys of gamers around the world.”

UPDATE 3/7/20:

Chatri has now named Anthony Tan, the CEO & co-founder of Grab, as a guest CEO judge.

UPDATE 12/8/20:

In the last few minutes, Chatri has announced that Demetrious Johnson, Brandon Vera, Angela Lee, Ritu Phogat, Sage Northcutt and Jingnan Xiong will join the cast of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.

UPDATE 30/8/20:

ONE Championship has named AXN as the official broadcast partner for The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition. The promotion also announced the initial six media platforms that will broadcast the show in Asia.

  • AXN – Pan-regional
  • Mediacorp – Singapore
  • Abema – Japan
  • KompasTV – Indonesia
  • LINE TV – Thailand 
  • TV5 Network – Philippines
  • HTV – Vietnam

UPDATE 28/10/20

In the last couple of minutes, Chatri has announced that Georges St-Pierre, Renzo Gracie, Ben Askren, Demetrious Johnson, Angela Lee, Brandon Vera, Sage Northcutt, Jingnan Xiong, and Ritu Phogat will join him on The Apprentice.

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