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EMERGING ENTERPRISE AWARD 2017

Celebrating entrepreneurs who dare

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Business Times editor Wong Wei Kong (1st row, 5th from left) and head of Global Commercial Banking at OCBC Bank Linus Goh (1st row, 7th from left) with all the finalists.

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From left: Mr Wong, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran, Gillian Tee, CEO and co-founder of Homage Pte Ltd – one of the winners of Most Promising Startup Award – and Mr Goh. Homage won for providing a solution that is relevant to Singapore’s ageing population.

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Veera Sekaran, founder and managing director of Greenology, which was one of the winners of the Emerging Enterprise Award. Greenology won for its innovative solutions to urban farming, especially in land-scarce countries such as Singapore.

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Secretlab founders Alaric Choo and Ian Ang (left), who were among the winners of the Emerging Enterprise Award. Secretlab, a maker of customisable computer chairs, won for its bold vision to expand abroad and go digital.

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Mr Iswaran with the VIP contingent.

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Kwan Chong Wah (left) of Acorn and Desh Balakrishnan of Maxus.

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James Quan and Winnie Chan,co-founders of Bynd Artisan, during the announcement of Top 15 Finalists.

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Mr Iswaran giving the opening speech for the Emerging Enterprise Award 2017.

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Most Promising Startup Award winners Chris Hwang (left) and Jonathan Shen, co-founders of The Golden Duck. The company packages Singapore’s heritage in a creative way.

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Yong Wye Meng (centre), group executive of Bttrigtical, which was one of the winners of Best Innovation Award, with Mr Wong (left) and Mr Goh. Bttrigtical won for its breakthrough in the oil industry, with a new standard for measuring the purity of oil.

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Mr Iswaran with Mr Goh from OCBC.

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Premarajan Ponnambath (2nd from right), managing director of Pixel Automation, one of the winners of the Best Innovation Award, with his wife and children. Pixel Automation won for making futuristic manufacturing a reality.

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Tian Xianyong (centre), managing director of Ace Water Pte Ltd, which was one of the winners of the Emerging Enterprise Award, with Mr Wong (left) and Mr Goh. Ace Water won for its novel solutions to solve the water needs of developing countries.

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From left: Past winners of Emerging Enterprise Award, Gary Lee and Christine Lim of San SeSan Global Pte Ltd with Tan Phei Yee of OCBC.

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From left: Linus Goh, head of Global Commercial Banking at OCBC Bank, Christie Chu, head of Emerging Business, Global Commercial Banking at OCBC Bank, Tan Chor Sen, head of International, Global Commercial Banking at OCBC Bank, Wong Wei Kong, Editor of The Business Times.

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Past winner of Emerging Enterprise Award, EAPower managing director Steven Loh with his wife.

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Eric Lee, CEO of Aitech Robotic And Automation Pte Ltd, which was one of the finalists, with his wife.

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My daddy won!

IT was an evening to remember at last Friday's Emerging Enterprise Award 2017 (EE 2017) as the business community came together to recognise the achievements and potential of some of Singapore's brightest startups and young businesses.

The black-tie event - jointly organised by The Business Times and OCBC Bank - was in its 10th edition this year. To celebrate this milestone, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran was also present at the gala dinner and ceremony at The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore on Sept 29 as guest of honour. Applause and cheers filled the hall as homegrown companies Ace Water, Greenology and Secretlab were announced as the top three winners on that night, chosen from a competitive field of 15 finalists. They come from very different industries; Ace Water is a provider of wastewater-treatment services and technology, Greenology is a provider of tech-based urban greening services which include vertical greening, interior greening and urban farming solutions, while Secretlab is a maker of customisable computer chairs.

Judges were particularly impressed with their innovative spirit, bold vision and resilience. Other traits that won them over include their consistent and sustainable growth, resulting in outstanding performance, as well as their ability to scale and expand overseas. Aside from the main prize, two companies also went home with the Best Innovation Award. These ingenuous firms are: Bttrigtical, a provider of analytical instruments to measure water content in oil; and Pixel Automation, which designs and builds customised automation solutions. Another two firms bagged the Most Promising Startup Award: Homage, a provider of on-demand home-based care for the elderly; and The Golden Duck, maker of salted-egg chips. The awards are supported by Mastercard, Acorn Marketing and Research Consultants, INSEAD, Spring Singapore, Singtel, Maxus and the official auditor, RSM.

PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG AND OCBC

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