SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Professional services organisation EY has announced the five recipients of its 18th EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2019 Singapore awards. They are:
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Media and Entertainment
Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO, of Cityneon Holdings, an experience entertainment company specialising in transforming customer and brand experiences, encompassing four independent yet integrated business divisions – Interior Architecture, Experiential Environments, Events and Exhibitions.
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Education
Ng Gim Choo, Founder and Managing Director, EtonHouse International Education Group which is headquartered in Singapore with over 100 schools, providing high-quality education to over 15,000 children across 12 countries.
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Digital Media Supply Chain
David (Hyonmoo) Lee, CEO, IYUNO Media Group, which provides its clients the highest quality in end-to-end localisation, media, and creative post-productions services.
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Workspace Solutions
Kong Wan Sing, Founder and CEO, JustCo the Asian co-working space provider with a multi-city presence across Asia-Pacific which connects dynamic entrepreneurs, startups and large corporations.
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Financial Services
Yeah Hiang Nam (PBM), Managing Director and CEO of Mainboard-listed ValueMax Group which currently has 35 pawnbroking and retail outlets in Singapore and 11 pawnbroking outlets in Malaysia.
One of the winners will be named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Singapore, and represent Singapore at the annual EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) award in Monte Carlo in 2020 to compete with contenders from over 50 countries.
Singapore’s representative to the WEOY award will be announced at the EY EOY Awards Gala, to be held on Oct 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
The EY EOY awards programme was launched in Singapore in 2002 to honour 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 18th year, the awards has evolved into a leading business award in Singapore with an international presence and footprint.
Max Loh, Singapore Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, explains how the winning entrepreneurs embody this year’s theme of “Unstoppable – innovate, disrupt, transform”. He says, “Spotting a compelling business or market gap is important, but more so is seizing the opportunity at the right time and sustaining the initiative. True entrepreneurs forge on no matter what difficulties they face, fuelled by their vision and passion, the trust that their families, stakeholders and employees place in them, and the belief in innovation to grow regardless of how long they have been in the business. These winners have also demonstrated how they are ready to keep disrupting themselves to upend their competition or grow in a fiercely competitive disrupted sector.”
In addition, two other honorary awards conferred for Asean entrepreneurial excellence and family business excellence.
Dennis A. Uy, Chairman and President of Udenna Corporation has been named the winner of this year’s EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence award while Far East Organization is named recipient of the EY Family Business Award of Excellence.
The Edge Singapore an official media partner of the EOY awards.