Striking Gold in Entrepreneurship: 18 business leaders named The Entrepreneur of the Year 2018

Singapore, 10 October 2018 – 18 local entrepreneurs were announced as Winners of The Entrepreneur of the Year Award (EYA) 2018 at the Award Certificate Ceremony today. Of which, 11 entrepreneurs were Winners of the Established Entrepreneur category and 7 entrepreneurs were Winners of the New Entrepreneur category.

The EYA is one of Singapore’s most established business accolades showcasing entrepreneurs on a platform of national scale. The EYA is currently in its 30th year of honouring and celebrating the achievements of local entrepreneurs. With the theme “Striking Gold”, EYA 2018 identifies enterprising business leaders who possess the definitive qualities of a goldsmith – commitment, perseverance, creativity and keen vision, to grow and develop further in their respective entrepreneurial journeys.

Mr Thomas Fernandez, Co-Chairman of the EYA 2018 Organising Committee, Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) said, “The entrepreneurship journey is always filled with highs and lows. Those who have gone through or are going through this arduous journey will tell you much energy has been sapped along the way. A salient qualifier of an entrepreneur is that he or she must embrace challenges, learning as he or she prods along.”

Mr Alan Tan, Co-Chairman of the EYA 2018 Organising Committee, Rotary Club of Singapore, said, “The winners who are here today do not just have ideas, as ideas alone are not good enough. They worked very hard to turn their ideas into reality, creating jobs and wealth. They are resilient and possess the tenacious ability to bounce back in the face of setbacks and failures.” OCBC is the main sponsor of the EYA for the 17th year running, affirming its commitment to celebrate and honour outstanding entrepreneurship.

Mr Linus Goh, Head, Global Commercial Banking, OCBC Bank, said, “It is an honour for us to be returning as the main sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the 17th consecutive year. Running a successful business takes a visionary – someone who sees opportunity in change, and has the tenacity and innovative spirit to take on the different challenges of today. This year’s winners, like the ones before them, embody these traits. In addition, they have been quick to embrace technology which will stand them in good stead in the years to come. We would like to congratulate them and look forward to providing them with the support that they need to grow their businesses in Singapore and beyond.”

The Overall Winners for the Established Entrepreneur and New Entrepreneur categories, as well as the Winners for the EYA Sub-Category Awards will be announced at the EYA 2018 Award Presentation Ceremony on 22 November 2018

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