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Tech takes centre stage at enterprise awards

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 05:50
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Winners and finalists of the Emerging Enterprise 2016 awards with guest-of-honour Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for National Development, and Trade and Industry and organisers at the finale of the event.
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From left: Raymond Yap, vice-president of key account management and business development of MasterCard; Andy Koh, coordinating business head, OCBC Bank; Lee Hwee Boon, business head, OCBC Bank and Tan Chor Sen, head of international, global commercial banking, OCBC Bank.
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Khoo Beng Keat (left), executive director of Aviation Virtual and Eric Ong, head of emerging business, global commercial banking, OCBC Bank.
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Michael Cha (left) and Ngiam Tee Chang, directors of TOV Virtual Singapore.
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CraveFX creative director Joshua Tan (left) with Zhou Shuping from the global enterprise banking team at OCBC.
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Alvin Tay, editor of The Business Times.
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Henry Chan, chief executive of ShopBack with the display panel of BT’s feature article on his company.
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Emcee Nikki Muller, a FLY Entertainment artiste, engaging the crowd with her witty banter.
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From left: Tan Chor Sen, head of international, global commercial banking, OCBC Bank, guest-ofhonour Dr Koh, BT editor Alvin Tay and Linus Goh, head, global commercial banking, OCBC Bank.
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A performer from Wildfire Entertainment, Amsyar Ramlee, painted in the hues of EE 2016.
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Representatives from finalist firms of the EE 2016 awards waiting for their turn to go on stage to receive their trophies.
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Emerging Enterprise Award winner, Nelson Yap (right), founder and managing director of Benjamin Barker, receiving his trophy from guest-of-honour, Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State (National Development and Trade and Industry). Looking on is Alvin Tay (left), editor of The Business Times and co-presenter of the Emerging Enterprise awards.
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One of the main award winners of the Emerging Enterprise Award, Gabriel Tan, project director of Innovfusion, receiving his trophy from Dr Koh.
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Dr Koh, left, presenting the trophy to Emerging Enterprise Award winner, Henry Chan, chief executive of ShopBack. Looking on is Linus Goh (right), head of global commercial banking at OCBC Bank.
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Too Heng-Phon (right), co-founder of MiRXES which took home the Most Promising Startup Award.
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Joshua Tan (right), creative director of digital film production firm CraveFX which won the Best Innovation Award, receiving his trophy.
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Dallon Kay (right), president and CEO of Diamond Energy Merchants.
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Aloysius Cheong, joint MD and CEO of Olive Green.
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Khoo Beng Keat, executive director of Aviation Virtual (left) with RSM corporate advisory partner Doreen Quek.
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SPH integrated marketing head of media solutions Ignatius Low (left) with Kwan Chong Wah, CEO and co-founder of Acorn Marketing & Research Consultants.
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ShopBack chief executive Henry Chan (right) and ShopBack regional head of communications Wu Ying Ying.
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An energetic performance by Project Superstar 2014 winner Alfred Sim (above) and his band, with his pitch-perfect rendering of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and a medley of pop hits, including Charlie Puth’s One Call Away.
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An energetic performance by Project Superstar 2014 winner Alfred Sim and his band, with his pitch-perfect rendering of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World and a medley of pop hits, including Charlie Puth’s One Call Away.

Singapore

TECHNOLOGY and innovation were the two buzzwords at this year's Emerging Enterprise Award (EE 2016) - and it's no small wonder they were. Repeated references were made by Minister of State for National Development, and Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon, at a gala dinner on Sept 16 in the swanky St Regis Hotel. And it was evident too, in the varied and novel business models of the 16 finalists for the awards.

The black-tie event got off to a rousing start with an energetic performance by Project Superstar 2014 winner Alfred Sim and his band, with his pitch-perfect rendering of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World and a medley of pop hits, including Charlie Puth's One Call Away.

Rapturous cheers and thunderous applause then filled the gilded hall of the John Jacob Ballroom, as Dr Koh handed out trophies to the entrepreneurs behind e-commerce cashback platform ShopBack, medical technology firm Innovfusion, and menswear label Benjamin Barker.

Apart from the main award, prizes were also presented to two firms in other categories - digital film production firm CraveFX, which came up tops in the Best Innovation Award, and A*Star spin-off MiRXES, which took home the Most Promising Startup Award.

Into its ninth year, EE 2016 is organised by The Business Times and OCBC Bank, and supported by MasterCard, Acorn Marketing & Research Consultants, Insead, Spring Singapore, Singtel, Maxus and RSM.

"By celebrating the journey that they have taken to find success, the Emerging Enterprise Award provides recognition for the hard work and leadership of our companies," said Dr Koh. "Their success stories serve as inspiration for other aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders to embrace the spirit of resilience in their journey of entrepreneurship."


Photos by:

ARTHUR LEE, The Business Times;

AIDAN LOO, The Business Times;

OCBC BANK