Mr Chong Chee Wah

Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016

Discover, Potential and Create are three words that sum up what Chee Wah feels about entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is about discovering one's potential and creating value for stakeholders, customers, partners and employees.

For the past few years, Chee Wah has been a serial entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TreeBox Solutions, a provider of secure mobile communication solutions. Together with his co-founders, he bootstrapped the company from "ground zero" and transformed the company into a leading secure mobile communications solution provider in the Asia Pacific region. He has successfully generated revenue and secured strategic partnerships including businesses and contracts in the Middle East, Japan and Singapore. In addition, TreeBox solutions has achieved partnerships and trials in Hong Kong, Australia, US, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei.

TreeBox Solutions won the SITF's Gold Award for Mobile Category in 2013. More recently, the company was also awarded the inaugural "Best Tech Company to Work for Award", the prestigious "Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies" and the "Top 100 Asia Companies" award.

To date, Chee Wah has co-founded more than 11 start-up companies across biomedical, medical technology, information security and advanced materials industries including Clearbridge Accelerator - a Singapore-based translational medical technology incubator and accelerator.

Prior to his current stint, Chee Wah was with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) National Laboratories, a national R&D house for the Ministry of Defence. As the Programme Manager for Communications Security, he oversaw various cryptographic and communication systems.

Chee Wah attained his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with a First Class Honours and his Masters of Engineering from the National University of Singapore. In his free time, he mentors other start-up companies and actively participates in community events by giving motivational talks. He hopes Singapore youth will continue to pursue their passion and be bold and to dream big.