SINGAPORE, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Enterprise Asia, the region's leading non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship has once again honoured business leaders and entrepreneurs at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2013 in Singapore. Marking its fifth year in awarding outstanding entrepreneurs in Singapore, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards continues its mission in recognizing exceptional entrepreneurs across Asia.
Fifteen entrepreneurs are named winners this year, including Hotel 81's founder Choo Chong Ngen and Purple Click's Leonard Tan, who won the Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entreprenur of the Year respectively.
Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia commented, "The awards are an important agenda in our goal to promote sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship across Asia and the Pacific. By recognizing and advocating these successful entrepreneurs, we hope to send a message to the general public that entrepreneurship is an important element to ensuring economic sustainability".
The awards are now presented annually in 12 countries across Asia, and are the largest and most stringent awards of its kind in this region. Each nominee undergoes extensive quantitative research and score-carding, compulsory site audit, and have to demonstrate a consistent and outstanding adoption of resposible practices and people-centric policies, prior to being shortlisted for judging by a panel of local and international judges. Deloitte is the official auditors of the awards in Singapore.
"Singapore remains at the top of the region in its entrepreneurial ecosystem. There is no lack of enterprising minds in Singapore, as evidenced by the abundance of businesses both large and small, and the relatively resilient economy that is able to rebound rapidly from each and every challenges thrown its way," said Dr. Fong.
"This bodes well for Singapore, and Singaporeans are fortunate to have a government that believes in the long-term ripple effect of entrepreneurship", he added.
"Winning this award is certainly a great achievement. Being recognized by an international organization such Enterprise Asia is a strong testament not only to me as an entrepreneur, but also to my entire team, who are constantly working hard, giving their all to maintaining the brand name and ensuring the best quality for our customers", a jubilant Choo said of the awards.
"This is an important recognition of our commitment, dedication and hard work to make Amtek a force to be reckoned with. May it motivate the team to forge ahead, continue breaking new thresholds and constantly re-invent and innovate", says Daniel Yong, chairman and CEO of Amtek Engineering Limited. Amtek is a leading manufacturer of precision engineered components with over 10,000 employees worldwide.
"While it is a wonderful feeling to get this recognition, it also puts a lot more responsibility on our shoulders to continue to contribute to the economy, make a positive difference to the world in our own small way while not forgetting our social responsibilities", added Nina Alag Suri, founder and CEO of Nastrac Group, boutique executive search and recruitment firm.
Full List of Winners of Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2013 Singapore:
Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
Choo Chong Ngen, Chairman of Hotel 81
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
Leonard Tan, CEO of Purple Click Media Pte Ltd
Outstanding Entrepreneurship Awards
Goh Keng Wai, Director of Mega Packers Associate Pte Ltd
Dr. Kar Wong, Managing Director of Advanced Holdings Ltd
Kitnasamy S/O Marudapan, Managing Director of Gates PCM Construction Ltd
Lim Yew Soon, Managing Director of EL Development Pte Ltd
Ven Nishimura, Managing Director of Prime Travel & Tour Pte Ltd
Daniel Yeong, Executive Chairman of Amtek Engineering Ltd
Most Promising Entrepreneurship Awards
Nina Alag Suri, Founder & CEO of Nastrac Group
Benjamin Chan, Managing Director of First Security & Private
Mathilda Koh, CEO of Bioskin Holdings Pte Ltd
Sreenivas Kurup, Managing Director of Astrums Consulting Pte Ltd
Jackie Lee, Chairman & CEO of clickTRUE Pte Ltd
Vignish Vijelal, Managing Director of Lal Offshore Marine Pte Ltd
Angelia Yang, Director of J-EMS Enterprise Pte Ltd
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About Enterprise Asia
Enterprise Asia, headquartered in Hong Kong, is the leading non-governmental think tank for the development of entrepreneurship across the region and in the promotion of opportunities and fair ground rules for emerging entrepreneurs. Enterprise Asia champions honest, fair, and responsible entrepreneurship across Asia.
The organisation believes the true foundation of any nation's economy lies in its entrepreneurial resources; which if properly nurtured can be the most potent asset for sustainable and predictable economic planning. With entrepreneurial spirit ingrained within a country's culture, numerous social and economic issues, including urban poverty, urban-rural income disparity, racial or cultural-sensitive dynamics, labour exploitation and economic slavery can be diminished and eventually be eradicated.
Enterprise Asia works with governments, NGO's 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 our children.
For more informaiton about Enterprise Asia and its numerous programs, visit www.enterpriseasia.org.
About Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA)
Organized by Enterprise Asia, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards are a world-class recognition celebrating and honoring business leaders who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses within the Asia Pacific region. APEA is now held annually in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
For further information, and the list of previous award winners of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, please visit – www.apea.asia.
Media Contact: Sana Khan, Enterprise Asia, +603 7803 0312, firstname.lastname@example.org
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