The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is an annual awards program that honors Singapore’s top entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy and society. For more than a decade, EY has been committed to supporting the entrepreneurial cause in Singapore, coinciding with the government's focus on fostering entrepreneurship and grooming local entrepreneurs to take on the world market.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 category winners
Von Lee Yong Miang
Mr. Von Lee Yong Miang graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Civil Engineering in 1995. He joined HDB as a project manager after graduation and left to join his brother in his signage business in 1998.
In 2000, he founded Expand Construction Pte Ltd. Expand Construction started at C3, the lowest rank, to reach A1, the highest rank for a company registered with the Building Construction Authority (BCA) in a span of 10 years.
Mr. Lee received the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) award in 2014 and Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM) award in 2018 for his public service work, the Nanyang Awards 2016 for his contribution to the University. He was also the overall winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, organized by Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME).
The company’s landmark projects include the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Promenade and the upgrading of Orchard Road pedestrian mall. Major development projects include the Amber Residences, One Dusun Mixed Development, Macpherson Mall, Hotel IBIS @ Macpherson and Hotel Alessandra in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Lee received the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) award in 2014 and Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (BBM) award in 2018 for his public service work, and the Nanyang Awards 2016 for his contribution to the University. He was also the overall winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, organized by Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME).
Mr. Lee is 48 years old.
Mr. Jeffrey Tiong is the CEO of PatSnap, a global software company used by the world’s leading innovators such as NASA, China Mobile, and A*Star in Singapore.
Mr. Tiong founded PatSnap upon graduation in 2007 with just S$55,000 from the Media Development Authority’s students’ start-up grant. Today, PatSnap is the leading software provider of intellectual property analytics to over 3,000 organizations spanning 28 countries. He has grown PatSnap into a multinational entity with a global headcount of about 800 staff, spread across six offices in China, the UK, US and Singapore.
His passion for innovation and his continuous strive to be a better leader has helped Patsnap to secure consecutive Series A, B, C and D funding from Vertex Ventures, Summit Partners and Sequoia Capital respectively.
Jeffrey graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He is a father of two and divides his time between the UK, US, Singapore and China.
Mr. Tiong is 35 years old.
Cheong Chia Chou
An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Cheong Chia Chou co-founded GeoFoto Pte Ltd in 1999. As the Chief Architect, he developed system architecture and marketed imaging technology in collaboration with his alma mater, the National University of Singapore. As an extension of his line of work, he subsequently designed a state-of-the-art online photo printing system, which was sold to Fujifilm in 2001.
His passion for this industry led him to become the Founder and Managing Director of Pictureworks Pte Ltd, whereby his strategic direction has propelled the company to become a regional leader in digital imaging. Under Mr. Cheong’s helm, the company launched the world’s first photo printing kiosk for smartphones. It now has operations in more than seven countries, capturing more than 100m smiles annually.
Mr. Cheong is 43 years old.
Mr. Christopher Ng graduated with a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Alberta in Canada in 1985 and worked in an American MNC before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, founding Rigel Technology in 1991.
Rigel was born out of a then-novel concept – an auto-flushing system for bathrooms, which was in line with campaigns at that time by the Singapore government to promote cleanliness and hygiene.
As Group CEO, Mr. Ng is no stranger to new ventures. He is well-known for championing the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle through Rigel’s product lines, prior to the green-movement taking off globally. He also invested astutely by setting up two wholly owned China plants, which tested his perseverance and his vision for Rigel’s future. Since then, Mr. Ng has further expanded on his dream, establishing Rigel’s Global Headquarters & Innovation Centre at Singapore Changi Business Park as well as adding four subsidiaries throughout Asia to the Rigel brand.
Mr. Ng is 56 years old.
Mr. Laurent Junique is the CEO of Teledirect, one of the leading business process services groups and trusted customer experience partner to some of the world’s most valuable brands.
Seeing the burgeoning promise and potential of the industry, Mr. Junique worked tirelessly to overcome many challenges to become one of the region’s pioneers by establishing and instilling at the core of Teledirect, a solemn promise to deliver innovative solutions that have a profound impact on today’s biggest brands. Mr. Junique built Teledirect from the ground-up from humble beginnings, and his hands-on entrepreneurial drive that shapes Teledirect, originates from those early days.
As a devoted husband and father of three, Mr. Junique enjoys spending time with his family in Singapore. He frequently travels between Teledirect’s locations around the world to meet what he considers to be his extended family – the employees that make Teledirect what it is today.