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17 Winners Honored at the 11th Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

SINGAPORE, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 17 top entrepreneurs and enterprises were recognized at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2019 held at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore on 12 July 2019. The event was organized by Enterprise Asia, the leading non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship in Asia.

Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 Singapore Winners Group Photo

With the theme of 'Promoting Inclusive Economic Development Through Sustainable Entrepreneurship', over 300 attendees were present at the by-invitation only event, comprising of industry leaders and dignitaries including Dr. Eugene Chien, Ambassador-at-Large of Taiwan and Advisor to Enterprise Asia; Mr. Muhammad Radzi Jamaluddin, Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia; Mr. Teng Theng Dar, Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Oman & former CEO of Singapore Business Federation; Mr. Farid Khan, President of Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI); Mr. Ahmad Tajudin Omar, Director of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Singapore, and Dato' William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia. The event was also supported by SMCCI; PR Newswire as the news release distribution partner; and Singapore Business Review and SME Magazine as Official Media Partners.

APEA is a regional awards program which aims to recognize Asia's outstanding entrepreneurs and enterprises for demonstrating sustainable growth, responsible leadership and operational excellence.

As one of the largest business awards of its kind, APEA has a membership base of 2000 winners, with a total net worth of over USD 50 billion. The Awards ceremony is currently held in 14 countries and markets, including BIMP-EAGA, Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. This year, the committee received 60 by-invitation only nominations in Singapore across 24 industry categories.

Mr. Ng shared, "This year marks the 11th year of running the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards in Singapore, and we are gratified by the continued interest in the program. We believe this is a reflection of the ongoing success of entrepreneurs and enterprises, as well as our steadfast commitment to upholding the highest standards of our global criteria."

He further commented, "The panel of judges were impressed by the quality of submissions this year and had the challenging task of determining this year's top nominees. The Awards were given solely on merit and aimed to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity, passion, and commitment to excellence, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition."

Leading the list of winners was Mr. Michael Kum, Executive Chairman of M & L Hospitality, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is only dedicated to one recipient per country, and winners are entrepreneurs who have demonstrated extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit, and contributed to the society for a sustained period of time. Their contribution deserves to be honoured and remembered by generations to come. Another prominent winner was Mr. Kenneth Goi, Group COO and Executive Director of GSH Corporation Limited, who was accorded the Entrepreneur of the Year title.

Other notable winners of the APEA include Wendy Ho, CEO of Mary Chia Holdings, who was bestowed the award under outstanding category; and Connect Group, TEE International, and SLB Development who received the award under corporate excellence category.

According to Mr. Ng, "We are proud to be the oldest business awards program in Asia and have been privileged to shine the spotlight on some of Singapore's exceptional game changers of tomorrow, whose entrepreneurial spirit in growing successful businesses have made a positive and enduring impact on their community and country. Beyond recognising the efforts of these extraordinary entrepreneurs and management teams behind responsible and dynamic businesses, we hope to encourage them to continue taking their businesses to the next level, and in the process, encourage even greater entrepreneurial activity. This is aligned to Enterprise Asia's purpose, Democratizing Entrepreneurship, Institutionalizing Sustainability and Empowering Innovation."

PRNewswire is the News Release Distribution Partner of APEA Singapore.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Kum
Executive Chairman of M & L Hospitality

Entrepreneur of the Year

Kenneth Goi
Group COO and Executive Director of GSH Corporation Limited
Property Development Industry

Outstanding Category

Chen Changzheng
Executive Director of Link Hotels International Pte Ltd
Hospitality, Food Services & Tourism Industry

Wendy Ho
CEO of Mary Chia Holdings Ltd
Retail Industry

Corporate Excellence Category

Angliss Singapore Pte Ltd
Food & Beverage Industry

Connect Group Pte Ltd
Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism Industry

EM Services Pte Ltd
Facility Management Industry

FULIFE Group Holdings Pte Ltd
Direct Selling Industry

Goodwood Ship Management Pte Ltd
Transportation & Logistics Industry

Hatten International Pte Ltd
Property Development Industry

Quantum Automation Pte Ltd
Telecommunications & ICT Industry

SLB Development Ltd
Property Development Industry

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hospitality, Food Service & Tourism Industry

TEE International Limited
Construction Industry

UOL Group Limited
Property Development Industry

Violet Oon Inc. Pte Ltd
Food & Beverage Industry

ZH Builders Pte Ltd
Construction Industry

About Enterprise Asia

Enterprise Asia is a non-governmental organization in pursuit of creating an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as an engine towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality. Its two pillars of existence are investment in people and responsible entrepreneurship. Enterprise Asia works with governments, NGOs and other organizations to promote competitiveness and entrepreneurial development, in uplifting the economic status of people across Asia and in ensuring a legacy of hope, innovation and courage for the future generation. For further information, visit www.enterpriseasia.org.

About Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards

Launched in 2007, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards is the region's most prestigious awards for outstanding entrepreneurship, continuous innovation and sustainable leadership. The Award provides a platform for companies and governments to recognize entrepreneurial excellence, hence spurring greater innovation, fair business practices and growth in entrepreneurship. As a regional award, it groups together leading entrepreneurs as a powerful voice for entrepreneurship and serves as a by-invitation only networking powerhouse. The program has grown to encompass 14 countries and markets all over Asia. For further information, visit www.apea.asia.

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