PatSnap CEO Mr. Jeffrey Tiong named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Singapore

Singapore, 26 October 2018

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Dr. Shi Xu, Chief Executive Officer, Nanofilm Technologies International Pte Ltd has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2017 Singapore by professional services organization, EY.

Mr. Jeffrey Tiong, CEO, PatSnap has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2018 Singapore by professional services organization, EY. This was announced at the 17th EY EOY awards gala held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore this evening, where Mrs. Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, was the guest-of-honor.

Mr. Jeffrey Tiong, who was also named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Analytics Intelligence, will be Singapore’s representative at the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) to be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2019. He will compete with more than 50 other countries for the coveted world title. The EY WEOY competition is the hallmark of the awards program, offering a platform to profile local entrepreneurs among the world’s best business leaders.

Please refer to fact sheet A for past WEOY winners

Fact sheet A: World Entrepreneur Of The Year past winners

Past WEOY winners
2001: Paolo della Porta, President, Chairman and Group CEO of Saes Getters S.p.A., Italy
2002: Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO of BrainLAB AG, Germany
2003: Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman of the India-based Infosys Technologies Limited, India
2004: Tony Tan Caktiong, President of Jollibee Foods Corporation, The Philippines
2005: Wayne Huizenga, Chairman of Huizenga Holdings, US
2006: Bill Lynch, CEO of Imperial Holdings, South Africa
2007: Guy Laliberte, Founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Canada
2008: Dr. Jean-Paul Clozel, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Switzerland
2009: Cao Dewang, Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group, China
2010: Michael Spencer, Group CEO of ICAP plc, UK
2011: Olivia Lum, Group President and CEO of Hyflux Ltd, Singapore
2012: James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Equity Bank, Kenya
2013: Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President and CEO of Chobani, Inc., US
2014: Uday Kotak, Founder, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, India
2015: Mohed Altrad, Founder and CEO of Altrad Group, France
2016: Manny Stul, Chairman and Co-CEO, Moose Enterprise, Australia
2017: Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of Saskatchewan-based AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., Canada
2018: Rubens Menin, Chairman, MRV Engenharia e Participações S.A., Brazil

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On winning the top honor, Mr. Tiong says:
“It is a great honor to win this award. This would not be possible without the support of all the people around me – my family and my team.”

In addition to the top honor, EY presented five other EOY category awards:

  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Engineering and Construction
    Mr. Von Lee Yong Miang, Chairman, Expand Construction Pte Ltd
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Analytics Intelligence
    Mr. Jeffrey Tiong, CEO, PatSnap
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Media and Lifestyle
    Mr. Cheong Chia Chou, Managing Director, Pictureworks Pte Ltd
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Sustainable Bathroom Solutions
    Mr. Christopher Ng, Group CEO, Rigel Technology (S) Pte Ltd
  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Outsourced Solutions
    Mr. Laurent Junique, CEO, Teledirect Pte Ltd

Please refer to Fact sheet B for profiles of the winners and their companies.

Fact sheet B: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner and company profiles

(Information provided by winners’ companies)

a) EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Singapore
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Analytics Intelligence

Mr. Jeffrey Tiong, CEO
PatSnap

Quote on receiving the category award:

“It is a great honor to win this award. This would not be possible without the support of all the people around me - my family and my team.”

About Mr. Jeffrey Tiong

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.

About PatSnap

PatSnap has brought together the world's most comprehensive R&D dataset in one easy-to-use platform to help innovation leaders analyze technology trends, assess new opportunities, conduct competitor intelligence and maximize return on IP assets. By combining millions of data points from patents, licensing, litigation and company information with non-patent literature, PatSnap provides the world's most innovative organizations with a new intuitive source of information to accelerate their R&D.

b) EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Engineering and Construction
Mr. Von Lee Yong Miang, Chairman
Expand Construction Pte Ltd

Quote on receiving the category award:

“It is our great honor to be recognized as the winner of the engineering and construction category. The honor belongs to the entire Expand family. We are one step closer to be the world class builders, world class professional.”

About Mr. Von Lee  
Mr. Von Lee Yong Miang graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Civil Engineering in 1995. He joined the Housing & Development Board 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 in a span of 10 years. 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 contributions to NTU. He was also the overall winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, organized by the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises.

Mr. Lee is 48 years old.

About Expand Construction

Expand Construction Pte Ltd is registered with the BCA as an A1 contractor in the General Building Works category and A2 contractor in the Civil Engineering Works category.

To date, Expand Construction has undertaken about S$1.5b worth of contracts both in the public and private sectors. It is building close to 5,000 units of BTO flats for the Housing and Development Board (HDB). Its portfolio also includes private condominiums, industrial buildings and warehouses and Design and Build Home Improvement Program projects.

Expand Construction’s landmark projects include the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Promenade and Lee Kong Chian National History Museum. 

The company achieved third position and sixth position in the Enterprise 50 Awards in 2017 and 2016 respectively. They were also ranked in the SME500 and Singapore 1000 companies from 2007 to 2017 and received the Green and Gracious Builder (Star) Award from BCA.

c) EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Media and Lifestyle
Mr. Cheong Chia Chou, Managing Director
Pictureworks Pte Ltd

Quote on receiving the category award:

“Thank you EY for the award. This is indeed a significant milestone of my career. Special thanks to my family, business partners and colleagues who have supported me selflessly. This is for you!”

About Mr. 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.

About Pictureworks


Headquartered in Singapore, Pictureworks Pte Ltd is part of Pictureworks Holdings Sdn Bhd (PW Group). PW Group provides imagery capture and distribution platforms through its proprietary technology, PictureAir™ for theme parks, leisure and entertainment industries. PW Group is principally engaged in the provision of digital imaging, content solutions, software consultancy services, photographic services, trading in photographic and other automated kiosks and accessories, and licensing of imagery systems. The PW Group is the official imaging service provider and the licensor of imagery systems for more than 30 attractions across Asia-Pacific, Middle East, the UK and US, including major international theme parks such as LEGOLAND® Malaysia and KidZania in various parts of the world. In early 2018, PW Group expanded its footprint into the theme and amusement parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

d) EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Sustainable Bathroom Solutions
Mr. Christopher Ng, Group CEO
Rigel Technology (S) Pte Ltd

Quote on receiving the category award:

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the winner for the sustainable bathroom solutions category. This is a great recognition for our hard work and definitely a strong endorsement for what we are doing. As an innovation-driven organization, we strongly believe that in business, we have to be proactive in adapting to changes to keep up with the times and ensure sustainability in our success. We will continue our innovation journey and endeavor to live up to our vision as a ‘World Renowned Sanitary Brand powered by Smart Technologies’.”

About Mr. Christopher Ng

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.

About Rigel

Rigel has been pioneering water-saving and energy-efficient bathroom technologies since 1991 by developing innovative and eco-friendly bathroom solutions. Their emphasis on progressive R&D has built up a portfolio of globally acclaimed bathroom products.

Rigel’s business activities spans the full spectrum of design, manufacturing, marketing as well as supply of bathroom products, encompassing their core product proposition of green innovation, intelligent technology and clean comfort. 

They have established their brand presence through an extensive sales and distribution network in more than 35 countries around the world, with registered offices setup in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. They also wholly own two factories in China that ensure their manufacturing capabilities.

To date, Rigel has completed numerous prominent projects including locally, Singapore Changi Airport Terminals 1 to 4, Marina Bay Sands, National Art Gallery, Singapore Sports Hub, as well as internationally, Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tianjin Eco-city in China and Mall Plaza Egana in Chile.

e) EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Outsourced Solutions
Mr. Laurent Junique, CEO
Teledirect Pte Ltd

Quote on receiving the category award:
I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of everyone at Teledirect. We’ve designed an organization that is flexible and agile so that it can respond quickly to even the highest demands our multinational clients place on us. Teledirect is my baby but I want to celebrate this moment with my team whose incredible commitment, passion and perseverance amazes me every day. We employ incredible talented people who are bright and courageous. I trust them for their innovation and initiative as a team and the exceptional work they deliver.”

About Mr. Laurent Junique

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. Mr. Junique is 52 years old.

About Teledirect

Teledirect is a leading partner in outsourced business process services to multinational organizations around the globe and they are backed by a proven track record of success in the airline, luxury, insurance, banking and technology sectors.

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Singapore, Teledirect has grown and its strategic offices across key Asia-Pacific economies and Europe include Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, China, Japan and Spain. Their 5,000 employees support insights-driven customer engagement centers that improve clients’ brand experience, increase customer satisfaction and generate revenue.

As a testament to their commitment to be the preferred augmented engine powering digital interactions of the future, they have been named one of the top 100 outsourced service providers in the world three times by the Global Services 100 and awarded over 150 industry awards for solutions delivered to the world’s most innovative and valuable brands.

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An independent judging panel had selected the winners based on their merits in the six global judging criteria, namely entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance/value creation, strategic direction, national and global impact, innovation and personal integrity/purpose-driven leadership. The award recipients were selected from over 40 nominations.

Please refer to Fact sheet C for members of the judging panel and details of the judging criteria.

Fact sheet C: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel and criteria

Judging panel

  • Dr. Robert Yap (Chair)
    Executive Chairman
    YCH Group
    EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007

  • Susan Chong
    CEO
    Greenpac (S) Pte Ltd
    EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Sustainable Packaging Solutions

  • Dr. Ivan Lee
    Vice President, Industry and Community
    Singapore Institute of Technology

  • Lawrence Leow
    Chairman and CEO
    Crescendas Group
    EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Diversified Industries

  • Png Cheong Boon
    CEO
    Enterprise Singapore

  • Tan Chin Hwee
    CEO, Asia-Pacific
    Trafigura Pte Ltd

  • Keith Tan
    Founding and Managing Partner
    Dymon Asia Capital

Judging criteria

The following six judging criteria sets the global standard adhered to by each and every country participating in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
    The individual is a risk-taker who sets very high standards and demonstrates an unflinching desire and determination to succeed despite significant obstacles.
  • Financial performance/Value creation
    The business has demonstrated strong financial performance and maintains a good track record in raising finance. Coupled with quality investments and its focus on the development of human capital, the business has the potential for long-term sustainability.
  • Strategic direction
    The individual not only creates and turns business visions into realities, but also builds strategic alliances and empowers talents to achieve common goals.
  • National and global impact
    The business has displayed a high degree of potential for growth and expansion into international markets that has made national and global impact in terms of job creation and improved living economics.
  • Innovation
    The individual has pioneered a new approach or technology, embraces changes and continuously innovates.
  • Personal integrity/Purpose-driven leadership
    The individual earns great respect and is able to communicate ideas and influence the wider community. The individual’s enforcement of socially responsible practices seeks to improve the quality of life. The individual demonstrates a commitment to the highest ethical and quality standards in business activities and operations.

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Chairman of the judging panel, Dr. Robert Yap, also Executive Chairman of YCH Group, comments on Mr. Jeffrey Tiong’s winning attributes:

“Jeffrey is an outstanding technopreneur and innovator in his use of analytics intelligence to address the information gap in the R&D industry. He did not let his youth or inexperience hold back his bold ambition. He pursued his entrepreneurial vision upon graduation with resilience and learned how to grow and lead a business. By taking strategic risks to disrupt the industry, he was able to carve out a new market and build a notable presence worldwide. Since the launch of PatSnap in 2012, his company now serves 3,000 organizations spanning 28 countries.” 

Embracing transformation, driving innovation

Disruptive forces are driving transformation across all industries and every aspect of business.


Mr. Max Loh, EY Asean and Singapore Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP says: “Technological disruption is often viewed as a threat – to our jobs, our businesses and our society. Yet, our winning entrepreneurs are challenging this view by bravely seizing the upsides of technology, combining it with their entrepreneurial qualities of passion, risk-taking and problem-solving, to develop innovative solutions.

“Innovation is vital to building future-ready businesses and a resilient and competitive economy. While government and regulatory support is important in creating an enabling ecosystem for innovation to flourish and go beyond ideation, it takes every individual and business to reignite the curiosity and courage within each of us to never stop questioning if there is a better way to build a better business for a better working world.” 

This year’s EOY winners share their views on disruption and the impact on their business growth.

Mr. Jeffrey Tiong of PatSnap says:

“When there are huge transformational changes, there will be new opportunities. A disruptive environment keeps all of us on our toes to work harder and smarter, and it is important that all of us learn fast and keep learning in order to catch this wave.”

Mr. Laurent Junique of Teledirect Pte Ltd shares:

“Our clients face shortages in skilled labor as they embark on digital transformation. We provide them with the human support they need with velocity and visibility, from assembling a team of specialists in record time to providing them with meaningful analytics to continuously adapt to changing market conditions.”  

Mr. Von Lee Yong Miang of Expand Construction Pte Ltd adds:

“We see technology as an opportunity for us to improve productivity so that work is done more cost-effectively and efficiently. We have invested in building and information modelling technology to identify clashes in M&E (mechanical and electrical) and other services even before the actual building work commences.”   

Mr. Cheong Chia Chou of Pictureworks Pte Ltd describes how digital is reshaping his customers’ profiles and business operations:

“Pictures are no longer just memories, it is a new form of media given the dominance of mobile phones and image-capturing devices everywhere. Leveraging the increasing demand for pictures, we are of the view that advertising, e-commerce and e-payment is the way going forward.”

Mr. Christopher Ng of Rigel Technology (S) Pte Ltd highlights the importance of innovation:
“With our niche expertise in product design and innovation, we offer products that are smart and eco-friendly, to both anticipate and meet customers’ needs as well as provide a world-class user experience. We continue to innovate by building up our R&D competency, investing in talent and enhancing factory automation.”

Special honor for Dr. Stephen Riady and Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd

At the gala, EY presented the EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence award to Dr. Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman of OUE Limited. Dr. Riady shares how he is driving innovation in his business:

“Today, many industries are facing disruption caused by new technologies and the digital revolution. Over the years, we have undertaken many examples of innovation in our projects. For example, the tenant mix in OUE Downtown is focused on wellness and F&B concepts instead of traditional brick and mortar retail stores.”

Please refer to Fact sheet D for winner profile.

Factsheet D: EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award winner profile

(Information provided by winners’ companies)

EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Dr. Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman
OUE Limited

About Dr. Stephen Riady 

Dr. Stephen Riady is the Executive Chairman of OUE Limited. He also serves as Executive Director of Auric Pacific Group Limited, Chairman and Executive Director of Lippo Limited, Lippo China Resources Limited and Hongkong Chinese Limited.

Dr. Riady holds various roles, including Founding Honorary Advisor of the University of Hong Kong Foundation for Education Development and Research, Patron of the Singapore Badminton Association and Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship. He sits on the advisory board of the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a committee member to promote economic cooperation between Fujian and Hong Kong, and is an Honorary Citizen of Shenzhen, China.

In 2010, the Stephen Riady Group of Foundations was established to grant scholarships and bursaries, and fund academic forums and conferences.

Dr. Riady was conferred the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and awarded EY’s Strategic Investment Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2007.

Dr. Riady graduated from University of Southern California and holds a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University. He was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration from Edinburgh Napier University, and is one of the first Honorary University Fellows installed by the Hong Kong Baptist University.

About OUE Limited

OUE Limited (SGX-ST: OUE) is a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a real estate portfolio located in prime locations in Asia and the US. OUE consistently grows its business by leveraging its brands and proven expertise in developing and managing landmark assets across the commercial, hospitality, retail and residential sectors primarily in Singapore. With its core strategy of investing in and enhancing a stable of distinctive properties, OUE is committed to developing a portfolio that has a strong recurrent income base, balanced with development profits, to enhance long-term shareholder value. OUE is the sponsor of OUE Hospitality Trust and OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust.

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Additionally, EY and Standard Chartered Bank also presented the EY-Standard Chartered Family Business Award of Excellence to Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd.

Mr. Mark Lee Kean Phi, CEO, Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd says:
“We believe that for a family business to be successful, long-term sustainability can only be achieved if we apply 3Rs: stay resolute, be responsible and be respectful to all our stakeholders – values that underpin Sing Lun’s transformation through the generations.”

Please refer to Fact sheet E for winner profile, eligibility and selection criteria.

Factsheet E: EY-Standard Chartered Family Business Award of Excellence Winner profile, eligibility and selection criteria

(Information provided by winners’ companies)

EY-Standard Chartered Family Business Award of Excellence
Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd

About Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd:

The Sing Lun Group is a diversified company with three core pillars:

  • Sing Lun Industrial – this pillar holds investments in manufacturing related businesses, including SL Global (the direct subsidiary of Sing Lun prior to the merger), its investments in services maintenance for the major oil companies, as well as various businesses that relates to the company’s core competency in manufacturing.
  • Sing Lun Investments – this pillar holds investments in private equity and financial assets. This pillar manages its long-term capital by investing in a globally managed portfolio of equities and fixed interest securities.
  • Sing Lun Real Estate – this pillar holds real estate development and investments projects that the family invests in for the long-term.

Eligibility:

  • Leadership of the company includes family member(s) from second or subsequent generations, or has multiple branches of a family involved in leadership. (i.e., one individual and first generation would not qualify for the award).
  • The family still has a significant ownership and voting stake and is primarily responsible for setting the strategic direction and values for the firm.
  • The legal form of the company or group of companies is not relevant.
  • Companies may be private or publicly traded.
  • If the shares and voting rights have been transferred to a trust, it will remain to be considered as family business if the family has dominant influence on the trust in a way described above.
  • The business or headquarter of the business is located in Singapore.

Judging criteria:

  • Company shows evidence of a successful, sustainable and long term-oriented strategy.
  • Company has adopted an effective and transparent corporate governance approach, enabling the execution of the desired strategy and living out of family values.
  • Company governance enables unity among the ownership family (i.e., little evidence of significant family disputes impacting the business).
  • Demonstrated the ability of the family to preserve company culture, tradition and values and maintain the entrepreneurial spirit and continued innovation over generations.
  • Evidence shown of exceptional personnel management.
  • Commitment to philanthropic causes or corporate social responsibility.
  • Other exceptional achievements such as business awards, public service etc.

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Sponsors and supporters

Standard Chartered Bank continues to be a major sponsor of the EY EOY awards program, as well as the co-presenter of the EY-Standard Chartered Family Business Award of Excellence, for the second year running.

Mr. Patrick Lee, CEO Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore says:
“As drivers of innovation and change, entrepreneurs are key to a thriving and inclusive economy. The winners of the EOY awards are positive role models not only because of their achievements in the business community, but also for how they impact society with their contributions. Having been a trusted banking partner to entrepreneurs for generations, we believe that in continuing our collaboration, we can truly be Here for good for our clients and create a better and sustainable future for our society.”

Other sponsors and supporters include official media partners The Business Times, The Edge Singapore, The Peak; data partner Merrill Corporation; Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE); Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Business Federation.

The EY EOY awards program was launched in Singapore in 2002 to honor entrepreneurs who have created and sustained successful business ventures, as well as to coincide with the government’s focus on fostering entrepreneurship and grooming local entrepreneurs. Now in its 17th year, the awards has evolved into a leading business award in Singapore with an international presence and footprint. For more information about the EY EOY program, please visit ey.com/sg/eoy.

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The Bank has a history of 159 years in Singapore, where we opened our first branch in 1859. In October 1999, we were among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group's long-standing commitment to our business in the country.

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