SICCI ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS 2019

The SICCI Entrepreneur Awards are presented annually by the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry to recognize outstanding Indian entrepreneurs and to serve as a motivation for budding entrepreneurs. It is also supported by our official media partner: Mediacorp, Official Knowledge partner: Ernst& Young and Platinum sponsor DBS.

Year after year, SICCI organizes a prestigious awards ceremony to mark the selection of the Top Entrepreneurs in the community. This ceremony receives extensive media coverage and is graced by the presence of Outstanding Visionaries who will be recognizing the selected entrepreneurs on stage. It being SICCI’s 95th Anniversary, the Awards will be presented in conjunction with the Chamber’s celebratory 95th Anniversary gala dinner. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat will grace the occasion as the esteemed Guest-Of-Honour.

The award serves as a timely reminder of the level of resilience, fortitude and adaptability required to succeed as an entrepreneur. With digitalization and internationalization as the Chamber’s strategic focus moving forward, the Awards rewards entrepreneurs who have displayed the ability to thrive in the digital economy and step out of their comfort zones to build their businesses.

For enquiries on sponsorship and other matters relating to the Awards 2019, please contact the SICCI hotline at 62222855.

ELIGIBILITY

Nationality

Singapore citizens or permanent residents with Indian origin

Singapore Registered

Business must be Singapore-registered.

Business Ownership

Individual must own at least 30% share in that business.

Involvement

Individual must have been actively involved in the management of that business for at least 2 years for category 1 & 2 and less than 3 years for Category 3.

Past title winners are not eligible to apply for the SICCI Entrepreneur Awards 2019.

Category 1

Established Entrepreneur

  • The business/company must have an annual turnover of more than S$10 million
  • Applicants must have been in the business/company in Singapore for at least two years
Apply
Category 2

Promising Entrepreneur

  • The business/company must have an annual turnover of S$10 million or less
  • Applicants must have been in the business/company in Singapore for at least two years
Apply
Category 3

Young
Entrepreneur

  • Applicants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents aged between 18 and 35
  • Applicants must have been in the business/company in Singapore for less than three years
Apply
Category 4

Foreign-owned Business

  • Applicant must be a foreigner of Indian origin
  • Applicant must have a business registered in Singapore
  • Applicant must have been in the business/company in Singapore for at least two years
  • Applicant must own at least 30% of share in the business
Apply

Application Process

Judges

Mr Gautam Banerjee

Senior Managing Director
Chairman
Blackstone Singapore

Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Blackstone Singapore. Mr. Banerjee served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012. He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia. Mr Banerjee is an independent director on the Board of Singapore Airlines Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and GIC Private Limited. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and his roles in the not-for-profit sector include serving on the Governing Board of Yale-NUS College and the Legal Service Commission of Singapore.

Mr. Banerjee is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Warwick University in 1977 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the same university in 2014. Mr. Banerjee was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2014.

Ms Chew Mok Lee

Assistant Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Singapore

Ms Chew Mok Lee is the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore,
overseeing InfoComm and Media & Digitalisation, Enterprise Services & New Industries.

Prior to Enterprise Singapore, Ms Chew was with the then National Productivity Board (NPB), PSB and SPRING Singapore. She is well versed in enterprise promotion, industry development and partnership building, having been involved in various aspects of capability development, support for local enterprises, enabling a viable enterprise eco-system and entrepreneurship for 29 years. She has also served as Secretariat to the Action Community for Entrepreneurship since its inception on 23 May 2003, and was responsible for working with the Minister in Charge of Entrepreneurship and private sector members to foster entrepreneurship and support startups in Singapore.

In her current role, Ms Chew works with partners like the trade association and business chambers to raise the capabilities of SMEs in innovation, productivity and improve market access through online platforms.

Mr Inderjit Singh

CEO
Solstar International Pte.Ltd

Inderjit is a rare combination of experiences, managing a multi-national company, a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and a Policy Maker. An engineer by training and having worked at Texas Instruments for 13 years, he embarked on his entrepreneurship journey at the age of 37 by starting United Test and Assembly Center (UTAC), a large semiconductor company. UTAC was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2004. He went on to start a few more companies with operations in many parts of the world, including the Silicon Valley, USA, many countries in Africa, the Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia

Credentials:
Mr Inderjit graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an MBA in Business Administration and finance and was formerly a member of the Singapore Parliament from December 1996 to 2015.

Mr Max Loh

Managing Partner, Singapore & Brunei, IPO leader, Asean
Ernst & Young LLP

Max is the Managing Partner for Singapore and Brunei. He leads and manages the Singapore and Brunei business and operations, providing strategic leadership on market and people development. With over 29 years of audit and business advisory experience, his clients span a broad range of industries including technology, food and beverage, construction, manufacturing, trading, hospitality, financial institutions and government concerns.

Max has been involved as an audit partner with various Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed companies, responsible for their financial statement audits and internal control reviews. He is experienced in acting as reporting accountant for companies from Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Middle East and the People’s Republic of China, listing or doing reverse takeovers on the SGX, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. He is also experienced in strategic planning, reorganization, risk management and business transformation projects for companies as part of their globalization and transformation efforts.

He is currently a Board Member and Public Accountants Oversight Committee Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority; Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of Enterprise Singapore, Health Sciences Authority and Singapore Polytechnic and Deputy President of the Singapore Council of CPA Australia.

Credentials:
Max Loh graduated from the National University of Singapore with Honors and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and Singapore Institute of Directors.

Mr Gautam Banerjee

Senior Managing Director
Blackstone Group and Chairman
Blackstone Singapore

Ms Chew Mok Lee

Assistant Chief Executive, ICM & Digitalisation
Enterprise Services and New Industries
Enterprise Singapore

Mr Inderjit Singh

Founder and CEO
Solstar International Pte Ltd

Mr Max Loh

Managing Partner
Singapore & Brunei, IPO Leader ASEAN
Ernst & Young LLP

Organising Committee

From Left: Mr. Mandeep Singh Nalwa (Director SICCI), Mr. Barathan (CEO SICCI), Mr. Muralikrishnan Rangan (Director SICCI), Mr. V S Kumar (Director SICCI), Dr. T Chandroo (Chairman, SICCI), Mr. Parthiban Murugaiyan (Chairman SICCI Awards 2019 Organising Committee, Director SICCI), Mr. Kishore (Director SICCI), Ms. Shobha Tsering Bhalla (Director SICCI),

Not present: Ms. Purnima Kamath (Director SICCI)

Sponsorship