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19 Oct 2023 Kuala Lumpur, MY

EY announces the Top Nominees of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2023 Malaysia awards

EY announced the Top Nominees of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) 2023 Malaysia awards today.

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EY announced the Top Nominees of  the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) 2023 Malaysia awards today.

The 14 Top Nominees in the Emerging, Technology, Woman and Master categories were determined by an independent panel of judges guided by a set of judging criteria that is consistently applied globally by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme.

The EOY 2023 Malaysia Top Nominees are:

Emerging Entrepreneur category:

  • Ker Chin Keong (郭弫雄先生), E Health Sdn. Bhd.
  • William Tan Wei Lun (陈威伦先生), ITMAX System Bhd.
  • Ezra Tan Koon Hock (陈坤福先生),Kairos Harvest Sdn. Bhd.
  • Ian Chua (蔡昇益先生) and Venon Tian (田振辉先生), ZUS Coffee

Technology Entrepreneur category:

  • Dr. Raymond Choy (蔡伟民博士), DOC2US
  • Giva Kuppusamy, GK Aqua Sdn. Bhd.
  • Tommy Lim (林国光先生), ICT Zone Asia Bhd.

Woman Entrepreneur category:

  • Dr. Tan Hui Ling (陈慧玲博士), Bagan Specialist Centre
  • Lee Hui Jing (李慧晶女士), BilaBila Mart
  • Sandy Tan Sing Yee (陈欣仪女士), Optimax Holdings Bhd.

Master Entrepreneur category:

  • Vinesh Sinha, FatHopes Energy Sdn. Bhd.
  • Dato’ Foong Wei Kuong (拿督冯伟强), JF Technology Bhd.
  • Ong Hang Ping (王罕斌先生), Sunview Group Bhd

Winners of the four categories, as well as the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Malaysia award, will be announced and celebrated at an awards ceremony later in December. The Malaysian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 will then join other country award recipients from around the globe in June 2024 to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) 2024 award in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Dato’ Abdul Rauf Rashid, Malaysia Managing Partner, Ernst & Young PLT said,

“For over 20 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme has showcased the extraordinary journeys of Malaysia's forward-thinking business owners. These pioneers have not only challenged the conventions of doing ‘business as usual’ but have also continued to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations as they reimagine building a better working world. We are proud to share their success stories, valuing not only what they have accomplished, but also the indelible mark they leave on our communities and the nation.”

Philip Rao, Partner, Ernst & Young Consulting Sdn Bhd and Programme Director of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Malaysia said,

“The EOY programme's prestigious reputation continues to draws nominations from diverse backgrounds and industries, reflecting the programme's unwavering commitment to upholding steadfast standards and high benchmarks, a tradition carried forward since its inception. Nominees undergo a rigorous evaluation process, spanning several months, including thorough due diligence and interviews. This year's selection of the Top Nominees by the independent panel of judges was based on the globally benchmarked judging criteria which includes entrepreneurial spirit, purpose-driven commitment to sustainable business, growth-oriented innovation in fostering a pioneering culture, and impact achieved through diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions. We are convinced that celebrating the remarkable achievements of these Top Nominees is well-deserved."

The EOY 2023 Malaysia judges

The EOY 2023 Malaysia panel of judges comprised the following:

  • Ms Low Ngai Yuen - Group Chief Merchandise and Marketing Officer, AEON (M) Berhad
  • Mr Kamarul A Muhamed - Founder and Group CEO, Aerodyne Group
  • Tan Sri Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria - Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat
  • Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift - CEO, Bursa Malaysia Bhd
  • Dato' Hazimah Zainuddin - Founder and Group Managing Director, Hyrax Oil Sdn Bhd
  • Mr Raymond Siva – Head of Digital Investment, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Mr Chu Jenn Weng - President and CEO of ViTrox Corporation Berhad

The EOY 2023 Malaysia sponsors

The EOY 2023 Malaysia awards programme is also proud to have these organisations on board in support of entrepreneurship:

BFM Media Sdn Bhd

Bits and Pixels Sdn Bhd

Bursa Malaysia

Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd

The Edge Malaysia and The Edge CEO Morning Brief

Wheelcorp Premium Sdn Bhd

For more information about the EOY Malaysia programme, please visit

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