Yvon Bock of Hegen Pte Ltd named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Singapore
▶ She will represent Singapore at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2024
Ms. Yvon Bock, Founder and CEO of Hegen Pte Ltd, has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) 2023 Singapore by professional services organization, EY. This was announced during the EY EOY awards gala this evening, where Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr. Tan See Leng, was the guest-of-honor.
Ms. Yvon Bock, who was also named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Consumer Products, will represent Singapore at the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) in June 2024. She will compete with global contenders for the coveted world title. The EY WEOY competition is the hallmark of the awards program, offering a platform to profile local entrepreneurs among the world’s leading business leaders.
On winning the top honor, Ms. Bock says:
“Motherhood has always pushed me to become a greater person. Now, it has guided me to learn the art of entrepreneurship, where I have become the driving force of inspiration and innovation for solutions to issues that weigh heavily on my mind. I’m beyond honored to be able to be named the overall EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Singapore 2024 and I will continue to pursue my mission of empowering 100 million mothers globally to do us proud!”
In addition to the top honor, EY presented four EOY category awards at the awards gala:
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Advanced Manufacturing
Ms. Phyllis Ong, Group CEO, Armstrong Industrial Corporation Limited
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – New Media and Entertainment
Ms. Althea Lim, Cofounder and Group CEO, Gushcloud International
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Consumer Products
Ms. Yvon Bock, Founder and CEO, Hegen Pte Ltd
• EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – E-commerce Services
Ms. Olive Tai, Cofounder and Managing Director, Synagie Group Asia and Europe
The winners were selected from close to 100 nominations by an independent judging panel, based on their merits in fulfilling the four globally benchmarked criteria, namely entrepreneurial spirit, growth, purpose and impact.
Chairperson of the judging panel, Dr. Shi Xu (史旭), Founder and Executive Chairman of Nanofilm Technologies International Ltd, comments:
“The four winners this year clearly demonstrate strong business acumen and innovation paired with passion and purpose. Whether it is breaking new grounds in traditional industries or charting unknown territories in emerging sectors, the winners have been bold with their vision in growing a business that not only responds to but creates new market demands.
For Yvon, through her personal experience, she recognizes the challenges that mothers face with nursing their children and was motivated to empower women with better experiences. This led her to the path of entrepreneurship. Today, Hegen is a global brand in 24 markets worldwide, making an impact not just in helping mothers in their breastfeeding journeys, but also innovating to support them through their children’s growing ages.”
Bolstering entrepreneurship in Singapore
The four winners came from varied backgrounds and pressed on with their entrepreneurial journey due to their passion and purpose.
Mr. Liew Nam Soon (刘南顺), EY Asean Regional Managing Partner and Singapore and Brunei Managing Partner (安永亚细安兼新加坡与文莱执行合伙人), Ernst & Young Solutions LLP, says:
“For the first time in the award’s 22-year history, the entire class of winners are women entrepreneurs, each with a compelling story to tell. Yvon was driven by her personal experience in spotting a market gap; Phyllis boldly took over the reins of leadership to transform the family’s manufacturing business into a formidable regional player; Althea saw a first-mover opportunity in the rise of influencer marketing and new media globally; and Olive leveraged her strong corporate career experience to tap on the burgeoning potential of e- commerce.
Fulfilling an entrepreneurial aspiration is not an easy journey. It takes tenacity, resilience and unwavering belief to press on despite the challenges and unpredictability of economic conditions, underpinned by a supportive broader ecosystem that enables entrepreneurship to flourish.”
Special honor for Sunway Group and Ho Bee Land
At the awards gala, EY presented the EY Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence award to Tan Sri Sir Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group in Malaysia.
Mr. Liew says:
“Tan Sri Sir Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO’s story exemplifies how sustainability and profitability are complementary, evidenced by how he transformed Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, which was previously an 800-acre tin mine, into Malaysia’s first integrated green township. Under his astute leadership, Sunway Group continues to integrate technology and sustainable innovations into its business and is today a leading conglomerate with diverse businesses.
Beyond building a successful business, Tan Sri Sir makes quality education and world-class expertise affordable and accessible in Malaysia through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, which has disbursed education scholarships and grants exceeding RM670m in 2023.”
On receiving the award, Tan Sri Sir says:
“This award is for my Sunway and Jeffrey Cheah Foundation colleagues whose dedication, resilience and hard work have made a positive impact and a lasting difference on Malaysia and society. Sunway Group will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary next year — and this award serves as an early ‘birthday present’ for everyone affiliated with the brand and the foundation.”
EY also presented the EY Family Enterprise Award of Excellence to Ho Bee Land at the awards gala. The award recipient is jointly selected by knowledge partners, Business Families Institute @ Singapore Management University and the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise.
Mr. Liew says:
“Ho Bee Land is widely recognized as a developer of luxury homes and a creator of sustainable sanctuaries that elevate how communities live, work and innovate for the future. As a second-generation property developer and investor, Ho Bee Land has successfully preserved its company and family values while maintaining the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit over generations. Its core belief – ‘built to last’ – not just in the real estates that they develop but also in nurturing a family enterprise that will last through generations, is admirable. Beyond building a high-performing business, Ho Bee Land is also committed to various charitable causes that uplift communities and create a caring and inclusive society.”
On receiving the award, Dr. Chua Thian Poh, Executive Chairman of Ho Bee Land says:
“I’m humbled and honored to receive this award, as this is not only an acknowledgment of our corporate achievements, but also a validation of our enduring family values and principles that have guided us on this remarkable journey. We focus not only on doing well in our business, but also on the well-being of our stakeholders, employees and the communities we serve, building a culture of care, inclusivity and sustainable growth.”
The official media partners of the EY EOY awards are The Business Times, The Edge Singapore and Portfolio magazine. The supporters are Action Community for Entrepreneurship; Enterprise Singapore; Singapore Business Federation; and SkillsFuture Singapore.
For more information about the EY EOY program, please visit ey.com/sg/eoy.
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