August 2017

For Singapore, going green has never been just about the aesthetics. Despite rapid and extensive urbanization since the 1970s, our small nation has managed to rank top in sustainability amongst Asian cities and second in the world. All this can be attributed to the fervor in which the government pursues environmental sustainability. Here are some of the eco-friendly strategies Singapore adopts that make us a potential ‘clean, green city of the future’.

Always Recycling

Singapore’s commitment to recycling forms a vital pillar in its blueprint for sustainability and also aligns with the global green movement of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Its most notable recycling efforts can be seen in the establishment of 4 NEWater plants. Using dual-membrane and ultraviolet technologies, NEWater transforms island wide used water into recycled drinking water, supporting 30% of Singapore’s water needs.

The National Recycling Program was also put in place since 2001, where recycling bags and bins are given to every HDB and landed unit respectively. The National Environment Agency then clears these bags and bins once every 2 weeks, going from door to door. Central recycling depositories are also placed at all HDB estates, encouraging all Singaporean to continuously recycle their trash.

Canon has also stepped forward with Project Homecoming cartridge recycling initiative where used Canon ink and toner cartridges can be dropped off at both Canon offices and other selected locations. They will then be dismantled into their different components – plastic and metal, and recycled. This reduces the need to produce new raw materials, hence alleviating the strain on diminishing natural resources.

Going Green, and Staying That Way

Singapore has witnessed the growth of ‘green collar’ jobs in recent years. These are jobs in charge of conserving natural and man-made species or ensuring the sustainability of an organization’s practices. By 2015, the green industry has provided as many as 18,000 jobs and is predicted to grow even more over the years, evident in how a growing number of young Singaporeans desire to work in industries related to sustainability and climate change. This tells of a promising future for the sustainability of the green industry, and brings Singapore closer to its goal of having 80% of its buildings Green Mark certified by 2030.


The Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Image Credit: hubhomedesign.com)

Another way Singapore has noticeably gone green is manifested through its skyscrapers. Singapore had 61 hectares of skyrise greenery in 2013 and is aiming to reach another 20 hectares in its latest 2015 blueprint. Rooftop gardens reduces the overall heat absorption of the building, and hence reduces the need to consume more energy to power fans and air-conditioners. A good example would be Duke-NUS graduate medical school, which not only has a rooftop garden, but is made of titanium dioxide ceramic tiles to withstand tropical mold and reduce pollution in the air.

A Car-Lite Singapore

In recent years, the push for reducing engine-produced carbon emissions is greater than ever. The government introduces alternatives to driving through promoting public transport and cycling instead.

The addition of the Circle line, Downtown line and the upcoming Cross Island Line that runs from Changi to Jurong is part of the governmental scheme to construct a more comprehensive metro network. This makes anywhere in Singapore commutable through public transport, hence decreasing the overall need for cars.

In addition, the National Cycling Plan, put in motion since 2012, builds on park connector networks to establish intra and inter town cycling. Such routes are now available throughout Tampines, Yishun, Sembawang, Pasir Ris, Changi-Simei, East Coast, Jurong Lake and even the Marina Bay area. These cycling networks also helps to tie in the objective of increasing public transport consumption as they are built around major transport nodes such as bus interchanges and MRT stations. The advent of bike-sharing apps (Obike, Mobike and OFO) enhances such a scheme by increasing residents’ accessibility to bicycles all around the island at an affordable cost.

The Switch to Clean

In 2007, the government identified the clean technology sector as a strategic growth area and has provided more than $700 million in funding. Since then, multinational corporations such as Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), Siemens, General Electric and Veolia and SMEs have pushed the boundaries of innovation to create new technologies.

Bio-based plastics is one of such revolutionary examples. Since 2009, Canon has used the bio-based plastics in some of the exterior components of some of the imageRUNNER-ADVANCE series. Canon takes the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) system and evaluates products, that every step of the manufacturing process is scrutinised to reduce environmental burden as much as possible.

Education is also key in changing the mindsets of individuals, motivating the community to adopt environmentally sustainable behaviours in their daily lives.Targeting the impressionable minds of our youth, the National Environment Agency has initiated Youth for the Environment Day since 2013, providing a platform for initiatives to be organised, led and participated by Singaporean youths. Within Canon Singapore, we have collaborated with Ground-Up Initiative to kickstart the H3ROES programme, an environmental leadership programme aiming to nurture student leaders endorsing positive action for our natural environment.

A true garden city can only be achieved if all levels of society internalises and practices environmental sustainability. With the government already kickstarting several green practices, businesses alike should follow in the same footsteps, and help create a sustainable economy that is able to continuously meet the needs of society even with limited resources.

For more local inspiration throughout this month of August, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.

By Vincent Low

It’s said that happy employees are the most productive workers, but how does one motivate a group of employees and keep them contented? Through the start of my career, I was under the impression that salary would be sufficient to encourage productivity. I’m sure you were too, and now we see that while our material needs are met, it’s often the intangible benefits that keep us coming back day after day.

Previously I wrote on being a people’s leader, and on how empathising with and getting to know your employees is a great start. Showing genuine interest in your employees is certain to allow your team to build a strong relationship over time.

Here are other ways I go about motivating my employees:

Empower By Encouraging Ownership

Empowering our employees to take ownership of their job role will give them a say in how they do their job. They know themselves best, so they will be best equipped with ideas on how they can be more efficient with their time. Give them the opportunity for suggestions and take some time to listen to their ideas on how to improve any process at work.

The “We” Mentality

When something goes wrong at work, finger-pointing can be a common behaviour, yet it does not benefit anyone. To truly motivate your employees, take a step back and approach situations on hand with a “we” mindset. What can we do to fix this? How can we prevent the repeat occurrence of a problem? Don’t let your employees feel attacked, instead encourage them, work together, and work better.

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Excite & Enrich With Opportunities

People get motivated when they know what they’re working towards, and when they have a clear sight of the gratifications upon reaching that goal. If your employees aren’t offered any advancement opportunities or new, interesting projects, they may feel that their work is fruitless. Offering training to expand their skillsets for a higher position will motivate them to be productive, as well as feel valued as an employee.

Be In The Same Shoes

This is something I’ve addressed previously, talking about empathy when communicating with your employees. Simple, yet so effective, I just have to put emphasis on this again. Take time off your day and busy schedules to converse with your employees, and listen to what they might have to say. These could be concerns or ideas, and not only would listening to them help with motivation and productivity, it could also provide you with insights into your business and employees.

Productivity is the bedrock of every business and organisation. Remuneration and bonuses will only go so far in motivating productivity amongst our employees, but building employee loyalty to the organisation will be the key to a longer lasting transformation and growth.

For more business insights, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.

Singapore’s limited space, and our shift towards entrepreneurship and collaboration, have made shared co-working spaces more attractive than ever for professionals. With more and more emerging to accommodate the booming demand, we look at some of the best co-working spaces available on our little red dot.

The Great Room

Presentation rooms, workshop areas, sleek leather furniture, and customised wall art – The Great Room melds hotel lobbies with functional offices to present a hospitality-inspired workspace. Spanning the entire 10th level at One George Street, this luxurious setup features extensive facilities that range from a yoga studio to private telephone booths.


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It currently hosts more than 100 businesses from various fields, including finance and investment, technology, and design amongst the mix. Professionals can choose amongst four different types of memberships in procuring their ideal workspace, from a temporary Day Pass to a Dedicated Office fit for twenty.

In addition to assorted workspaces, The Great Room also offers technical and event support, with a specialised hospitality team and access to varied planning resources.


Work and play coexist harmoniously in this 4,000 square feet co-working space, which opened at Claymore Connect last February. Trehaus is Singapore’s first and only family-friendly shared office, featuring the Workspace for adults and the Kids Atelier for their children, where child-minding services and enrichment programmes are available.


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The Workspace is well equipped with office facilities, including individual workstations, meeting rooms, high-speed Internet, and a common printer. While this area is designed for optimum concentration, the Kids Atelier caters to the budding imagination of children. Highlights include a reading nook, an art and mess corner, and a pretend play corner, all of which are manned by trained facilitators to give parents a peace of mind while they work.

The Hive

This co-working space boasts natural lighting and custom-made furniture, as well as a convenient location just opposite Clarke Quay MRT. Converted from three shop houses, The Hive Singapore offers workspaces in the form of desks, private offices, and five different meeting rooms. Events and talks are hosted at their rooftop café, where members can mingle with and meet potential friends and working partners.


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The Hive further incentivises entrepreneurial endeavours by offering special membership rates for start-ups, writers, social enterprises, and young entrepreneurs. Members are also issued a Hive Passport that allows free access to other Hive branches located in Bangkok and Hong Kong. Those contemplating shared offices can reserve a spot for their Try Out Tuesdays, and drop in to use the space for free from 8am-8pm.

Collision 8

True to its name, this chic space near Clarke Quay MRT is one of curated collisions. Having hosted start-ups such as Carousell and Ninja Van, the community features innovators from varying backgrounds, where members are assessed based on their desire to innovate and collaborate. Facilitated introductions and customised matchmaking are amongst the mechanics put in place to promote cross-industry collaboration.


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Entrepreneurs and start-ups can look towards the parties and workshops hosted at Collision 8, as well as the guest talks presented by experts of various fields. In addition to the social spaces, private Studio offices are also offered for those requiring a solitary workspace. Professionals can expect a variety of membership types, from 5 days of co-working a month with Lounge Light to a fully customised space with Bespoke.

A trend Canon has been aware of is the rise of SMEs and startups in Singapore, with many of our BIS products providing solutions tailored to the challenges of these businesses. With the advent of SMEs, the co-working trend in Singapore is picking up as well, and understandably so with the range of benefits offered. These shared offices double as social spaces for professionals, providing networking opportunities and a creative space for discussion and the generation of ideas. While start-ups and freelancers currently constitute the majority of the co-working community, corporations can also consider adopting this new style of working. This can provide employees with a working environment customised to their needs, thereby improving organisational productivity.

For more local inspiration throughout this month of August, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.

Globally, Singapore boasts one of the highest female representations at CEO level. Canon Singapore’s very own Ms. Noriko Gunji, President and CEO, is one example. As CEO, she oversees and leads Canon Singapore’s employees and partners in Sales, Marketing and Operations. We pay homage to a few notable Singaporean women who have attained similar success and earned the respect of their peers and the community.

Rachel Lim & Viola Tan, Love, Bonito

The Love, Bonito brand is a familiar one to many Singaporeans. Their confidence in knowing that their products bring satisfaction keeps them going. Along the way, they have also picked up some lessons learnt through overcoming hard knocks and obstacles.

Love, Bonito exemplifies how far a simple purpose leads to a big idea, and for Rachel Lim and Viola Tan, they are proud to have found their calling. In the early years, the founders were often not taken seriously, “especially since we were women and we were young” – as Rachel put it.

Despite the increasing competition in the e-commerce market, Love, Bonito remains confident in their market position. They believe their fundamentals in having built a great team, and their continual commitment to attracting people better than themselves, bodes well for the future.

Irene Ang, Fly Entertainment

As CEO of Singapore’s largest Artiste Management Agency, FLY Entertainment, Irene Ang’s rise to the top was only possible through sheer hard-work and having an unshakable vision.

Irene began building FLY Entertainment two years into her role as Rosie Phua on the popular local sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte. Ltd. Initially, many of her peers were skeptical at her attempts to sign veteran actors to her startup agency that no one had heard of.

When the economic crisis hit in the 1990s, the shutdown of production companies left many artistes jobless. These circumstances provided her with the motivation to “be a hero” – by banding the interests of actors and production houses together under a singular agency.

Despite her success, Irene has no intentions of slowing down. Her next move is to focus on positioning Singapore’s artistic talents regionally, and do this by serving as a mentor for Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and of course, CEO of FLY Entertainment.

Joanne Paranjothy, Rebecca Paranjothy & Vanessa Paranjothy, Freedom Cups

Three sisters, Joanne, Rebecca and Vanessa Paranjothy, started Freedom Cups in October 2015. This social enterprise provides underprivileged women with menstrual cups by employing a buy-one-get-one free system. Menstrual cups are reusable and hence cheaper than sanitary products in the long run. For every menstrual cup purchased, one gets sent to a woman in an underprivileged community.

Freedom Cups’ journey has not been an easy one. In a society that believes that disposable sanitary products are the only viable option, changing mindsets has been one of their biggest challenges.

Their efforts in promoting Freedom Cups have been met with backlash, as many saw it as inappropriate to discuss menstruation in public. This only strengthened the sisters resolve and motivated them further.

In Philippines, they initially met with resistance with the village chiefs they were reaching out to. After much persuasion, they were able to give Freedom Cups to the married women. Eventually, the chiefs relented and allowed for distribution to all women.

The Paranjothy sisters know they have a long way to go in building the brand awareness of Freedom Cups. Armed with a “we try, we fail and we try again” philosophy, they are not stopping anytime soon.

These remarkable individuals remind us that regardless of gender, it is possible to impact change in the fields we hold genuine passion for.

For more local inspiration throughout this month of August, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.

For over a century, Sompo Holdings has remained a trusted, established insurance and risk solutions provider in Japan. In the local scene, Sompo Singapore, a member of Sompo Holdings provides commercial and personal premium insurance since 1989, as a part of brand name now in over 30 different countries and regions.

Since the year 2012, Sompo Singapore has seen a few major shifts in the brand operations – mergers of three companies enforced growth and further development in Sompo Singapore’s performance and progress.

“We have 300 staff members now, and we’ve gone from 9 to 16 copiers over the last year, almost doubling the number of them to streamline our workflow to a single brand. Canon uniFLOW solution has provided us with the secure platforms we needed.”

Mr. Michael Tan, Manager of the IT Service Delivery department at Sompo Singapore, shared his perspective on the magnitude of the change in its workflow operations that has come about.

Why Canon?

In our daily operations, we experience high print volume, such as policy renewals. At the point of merger, we had a few brands to go with, but Canon was the only one that offered secure printing with the implementation of uniFLOW. In comparison to other brands, uniFLOW is the best fit for the requirements we have. So that makes going with Canon looked like a logical choice.

How would you say your experience has been with Canon so far? Any major issues since the implementation?

We haven’t had any major issues. Whenever we’ve asked for assistance in servicing, the Canon after-sales service staff sort it out for us within the agreed response times.

We used to have an issue with lag-times that bothered our workflow processes, but the migration from physically processing confidential records to automatic storage via uniFLOW has fixed that problem.


Have there been significant improvements to your workflow processes since?

Right off the bat, we’ve saved a lot on budget and time after adopting Canon’s services into our fleet. Along with that, the after-sales service support has helped us save a tremendous amount on operating expenses.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has been strict with IT security regulations, and security in confidentiality is always going to be a key factor in making decisions as Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) has also taken effect.

Sending print jobs to the limited printers and copiers shared over two floors has caused a lot of wastage in terms of papers left unattended to. Canon’s uniFLOW solution enables us to now send print jobs any printers within users’ proximities, and that turned out to be our first step towards eliminating wastage.

How important is it to have the right products and tech?

I would say highly essential to have specific solutions catered to our needs – secure platform and resolving paper wastage office. Canon uniFLOW is an appropriate and necessary solution to that we faced. We are now equipped to handle confidentiality material such as client private details confidently.

Find out more information on Canon’s uniFLOW solution designed to bring the full value of multi-functional devices to the organisation here. Also, follow us on our LinkedIn page for more case studies of our satisfied customers.

McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger and Starbucks’ Shiok-ah-ccino were results of brands practicing their best renditions of Singaporean delights as we near our nation’s 52nd birthday. However, Alvin Foo, Principal of Canon Imaging Academy, had another epiphany.

One Dish, One Chef, Generation of Stories is an exhibition in conjunction with Singapore Food Fest held at Singapore Visitor Centre, Orchardgateway@emerald. The exhibition is aimed at paying tribute to Singapore’s hawkers who stood the test of time and continue to bring us our cherished dishes. From the warmth found in a crispy curry puff, to the respite guaranteed in a tin of teh peng, these hawkers had a story to tell with every dish they prepared. Alvin, together with his EOS-1D X Mark II, was not about to let that go to waste.

We sat down with Alvin to find out more about the ideation and inspiration that went into his work.

Where did you get your inspiration for One Dish, One Chef, Generation of Stories?

I was living in the UK a few years back, and it made me realise how much I missed the food back home. There’s something unique about the food culture in Singapore, with all of its eccentricities and vast heritage. I wanted the project to reflect the rich tradition behind our nation’s food. I saw the opportunity to document it, both photographically and in writing, and I took it.

I don’t think I’ll be leaving Singapore again anytime soon! (laughs)

Did the exhibition intend to garner more tourists or locals?

Our exhibit is at The Singapore Visitor Centre, so we got our fair share of tourists along with locals, but that’s what we wanted – to propagate the Singapore hawker heritage and culture.

We noticed the consistency of your shots and how the hawkers stood in front of their stalls. Any specific reason you went for that approach?

I was intrigued by the portraiture approach because it showed the hawker as a person, in their most natural form and attire, in front of their actual working environment. Running a hawker stall is tiring – it gets hot and messy and it isn’t exactly the most comfortable place to work in. I aimed to show just that because it conveyed their stories best.

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Do you have a favourite stall that you took a picture of?

That’s a really tough call to make! (laughs). Honestly, there isn’t one that I favour most because, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, there is a variety of stalls that were featured. That’s the beauty of food in Singapore, isn’t it? We all have a time and mood for specific dishes and drinks. I’m just privileged to have all the hawkers willing to take time off for the project to portray just that.

Duty of a Daughter-in-Law is one that caught our attention. Could you tell us more about Madam Lee and her humble drink stall?

Ho Peng Coffee Stall is one of the very few stalls left in Singapore, if not the only, that still serves take-away kopi and teh in the traditional milk tin. Madam Lee married into the family and took it upon herself to help out at the stall, eventually taking over the business as a form of duty to her new kin. Her story is different from how it is today, where some hawkers refuse to let their kids follow their footsteps. Even for Madam Lee; she didn’t think twice before answering that she’d like a different career path for her children.

Alvin’s exhibition One Dish, One Chef, Generation of Stories is being held in conjunction with Singapore Food Fest at Singapore Visitor Centre, Orchardgateway@emerald. The exhibition will run until 11th August 2017.

For more on Alvin’s work, visit www.littleREDdotphotography.com. Also, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore, for more local inspiration throughout this month of August.

In conjunction with Singapore’s 52nd National Day, we pay homage to home-grown businessmen and professionals that have made a name for themselves and made it to this year’s Forbes 30 under 30.

Val Ji-Hsuan Yap, 29: Founder of PolicyPal

In an age where consumers are over-saturated with information, selecting and managing insurance plans can be tricky business. With Val’s insurance start-up, consumers are provided an alternative platform that automatically consolidates and tracks insurance coverage for a profile of savvier consumers.

Val established PolicyPal a year ago, after a troubling experience with her parent’s insurance paperwork. “PolicyPal was created to keep everyone on top of their insurance coverage, so they don’t have to wait until it is too late,”.

The PolicyPal app is equipped with the technological know-how to create a digital folder of one’s existing policies, just from a photo snapshot. Apart from summarising key dates and figures, the efficient Digital Insurance Manager, “Kate”, will provide an analysis of your coverage and what to improve on, with links to available insurance plans. To top it off, the service is free.

PolicyPal secured seed funding from 500 Startups and has since worked with established clients such the Monetary Authority of Singapore and NTUC Income.

Oswald Yeo, 24, Qin En Looi, 23 & Ying Cong Seah, 24: Founders of Glints

Still in their early twenties, this gifted trio created Glints, a career discovery and development platform that bridges employers and eager students or graduates.

The recruitment website caters to inexperienced jobseekers, providing an algorithm unique to each user. Aspirants can search through potential jobs, internships or projects related to their relevant skill sets or passions.

The trio chose to leave their scholarships and prestigious universities at Wharton, Stanford and UC Berkeley behind to pursue Glints in 2013. To date, they have assisted over 200,000 youths and secured venture capital money worth $475k.

The team believes in doing what they love and have practiced this spirit to get where they are today.

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Prusothman Sina Raja, 29: Founder of Privi Medical

Entrepreneurs in the field of Medical Technology, Prusothman and his team introduced Privi, a drug-free and disposable medical device for haemorrhoid relief.

Upon realising that current haemorrhoid treatments lack effective solutions that can be ministered from home, the team set their sights on easing the pain and everyday discomfort of Grade 1 and 2 haemorrhoid sufferers. Privi provides relief and helps stop internal bleeding, a problem that 80% of pregnant women face and about 300 million people worldwide.

Prusothman vouches that their haemorrhoid solutions “will save millions of lives and billions of dollars in healthcare costs”.

Privi Medical acquired $100k as cash funding after winning NTUC Income’s Future Starter competition. The team has started on clinical trials and aims to be available in pharmacies by late-2017.

Christopher Hwang, 26 & Jonathan Shen, 27: Founders of The Golden Duck

The love for food is no secret to Singaporeans. The pair started their business, The Golden Duck, which currently stands as the nation’s best retailer of “fine heritage snacks”.

Their Signature Salted Egg Potato Crisps were conceptualised as a snack that would stand the test of time and ever-changing food trends. While the duo faced challenges during the initial stages of expanding their business, the exquisite salted egg taste, combined with pure valour, pulled them through.

“It takes a special kind of mindset to be able to get down and dirty for the business when required, and do it with a smile on your face. Not many young entrepreneurs possess this kind of grit nowadays.”

Their snacks are currently sold at 7-11 and several standalone outlets islandwide, and also shipped to Asia Pacific, UK, as well as the US.

Starting your own business has its fair share of challenges, regardless of age. A myriad of factors contributes to the successes of these young enterprising individuals, but each of their breakthroughs stemmed from acting on a simple idea.

For more local inspiration throughout this month of August, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.

Silicon Valley is synonymous to some of the world’s biggest tech names, so imagine the surprise when Singapore beat it to be the world’s best place for start-ups. In celebration of 52 years of success this August, here are some notable Singapore tech gamechangers that are helping cement Singapore’s position as a tech hub.

Tan Min-Liang, Razer

You know you’ve made it when fans are getting tattoos of your company logo. For Tan Min-Liang, this cult-like success with Razer is only achievable through the hyper-focused culture he has been building for the past 15 years.

Tan expects nothing less than perfection for his products, hence he scraps three out of four products that engineers worked on for years. While this may seem like a high pressure and overwhelming working environment, Razer is actually one of the best companies to work for in the tech industry. We’re sure the employee-oriented benefits such as free lunches don’t hurt either.

Although Razer’s breakthrough product was a gaming mouse, Tan shared that their ability to diversify into different aspects of gaming is why they are regarded as a “unicorn” (i.e. valued as US$1 billion). This ranges from gaming software, wearable technology and portable gaming laptops such as the Razer Blade. For Tan, life is just a game and pushes out products that incorporate some elements of gaming. This is a company made “for gamers, by gamers” after all.

Forrest Li, Sea

What do e-commerce platform Shopee and League of Legends (LoL) have in common? They are products managed by Southeast Asia’s most valuable unicorn, Sea (previously named Garena). For founder Forrest Li, this success is the result of a business vision that aims at long-term sustainability.

Li frequently looks back to Steve Job’s Stanford commencement speech, which he attended, for motivation. And staying true to the now-famous quote “stay hungry, stay foolish”, Li continues pushing Sea into other ventures such as commerce and financial services. This is in addition to owning exclusive license for LoL. Li believes their business diversification is also what attracts other investors, allowing Sea to push into other future ventures.

As with most successful organisations, Li invests heavily in the right talent for the company. By maintaining and recruiting the right talents to fuel continuous innovation, Sea’s goal of retaining their unicorn status for another 10 years might not be too far-fetched.


Olivia Lum, Hyflux

They say inspiration is all around us. Olivia Lum took this quite literally and turned the untreated water surrounding water-scarce Singapore into a multi-million dollar business. Much of Hyflux’s success can be attributed to Lum’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Although founded as a company trading water treatment equipment, Lum recognised bigger business opportunities in manufacturing and bought the membrane technology in 1993. Today, membrane technology is synonymous with NEWater, Singapore’s solution to the scarcity of drinking water. Hyflux’s technology and services are also well sought after by countries facing water scarcity.

Quek Siu Rui, Carousell

For Singaporeans hoping to either make a quick buck for their “pre-loved” items or declutter their homes, Carousell is a godsend. Quek Siu Rui with his partners Marcus Tan and Lucas Ngoo, Carousell has gone from a struggling start-up to one that just secured a US$35M Series B funding.

The founders believe a successful business can come from addressing problems with technology. This was very much the foundation for Carousell’s birth, enhancing convenience of existing consumer-to-consumer selling platforms in Singapore. In the next few years, the founders are focused on expanding Carousell’s reach into emerging markets in Southeast Asia.

Although Singapore’s position as a global tech hub may be attributed to pro-business policies and geographical advantage, successful local start-ups play a big role in cementing that status.

For more local inspiration throughout this month of August, follow our LinkedIn page here at Canon Singapore.