THE Overall Winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EYA) 2018 were honoured on Thursday (Nov 22) evening at a presentation ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. It was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing.
Derrick Yap Khiam Wee, Chief Executive Officer of PBA International Pte Ltd was Overall Winner of the Established Entrepreneur category. PBA had a humble start as a hardware trading company before transforming into a leading end-to-end supplier for robotics and industrial 4.0 solutions, focusing on human capital and R&D in the field of robotics and automation.
Ng Kim Wah, Chief Executive Officer of Skyfy Technology Pte Ltd, was named Overall Winner of the New Entrepreneur category. He entered the fleet management industry with a curious mind and strong motivation to make a positive impact on the lives of others and Skyfy Technology’s software platform now provides assistance to companies in terms of managing their transportation fleet more efficiently and more productively.
Four other entrepreneurs also received sub-category awards.
Rachel Wong Mai Kim (co-founder and managing director of Marunda Utama Engineering Pte Ltd) and Ryan Sumesh (CEO and chairman of Vrobal Energy & Resources Pte Ltd) were awarded the EYA for Social Contribution and Innovation & Technology respectively in the Established Entrepreneur category.
As for the New Entrepreneur category, Dato’ Victor Tan Jenn Chyen (CEO of Top International Holding Pte Ltd) and Roy Lai Kian Ming (founder and CEO of InfoCorp Technologies Pte Ltd) bagged the EYA for Business Strategy and Social Contribution respectively.
Co-organised by the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) and Rotary Club of Singapore, the EYA has been paying tribute and celebrating the achievements of local entrepreneurs for three decades now.
“All winners of EYA 2018 have demonstrated strong passion in their business, and the desire to continually contribute back to society to improve the lives of others,” noted ASME's president, Kurt Wee, “This is indeed the defining trait of a successful entrepreneur.”
Mark Wang, President of the Rotary Club of Singapore, said, “While finding success in business is key, true entrepreneurial spirit also encompasses the valuable trait of paying attention to social responsibilities. “
He added that can range from “simply taking care of nature and the environment, to taking care of your employees, and to actively support those who are less fortunate in our community” as “strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives (become) increasingly important” aside from profitability when making business decisions.