Mr Raniel Lee

IT Youth of the Year, 2016

Raniel embarked on his journey in Information Technology (IT) with passion and a belief that IT can make a huge impact on the world. That same belief has brought him a long way since, founding two companies - INSPIREARTS and JOBOOK SINGAPORE - and leading a team of 10 strong to venture into the world of entrepreneurship.

With his enthusiasm for IT unwavering, Raniel continued his IT journey in his secondary school media club, where he was appointed Chairperson of the club and led a team of fellow students to create videos and participate in various competitions. After completing his 'N' Levels, Raniel continued his education at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and graduated with an NITEC in Info-communication Technology. His various part-time stints during vacation breaks inspired him to further his education, to hone his skills in IT and nurture his business acumen.

Having taken on several freelance IT projects, in 2012 Raniel recognised that the time was right for him to start INSPIREARTS LLP (www.inspirearts.net), a company that specialises in online business development and training, website development, still and motion graphic design, film production, print material design, and mobile application development. As the CEO of INSPIREARTS, Raniel continually inspires and motivates his staff and drives positive change within the organisation.

Raniel graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) with a Diploma in Business Informatics in 2013. Two years later, Raniel launched another enterprise, Jobook Singapore (www.jobook.sg), Singapore's most efficient job matching site. Jobook is an easy-to-use platform that matches job seekers with their preferential needs and availability with employers' recruitment drives. This revolutionary tool enables students from various institutions to look for employment opportunities in different industries and sectors.

Raniel is well-regarded as a highly-motivated individual, with a passion not only for IT and entrepreneurship, but also for people. He has developed an unwavering thirst for success throughout his life, a belief in his own abilities despite the odds stacked against him. More importantly, Raniel has shown the capability to lead and inspire others, guiding others with his experiences and influencing others to take this precarious journey of entrepreneurship with him. It is precisely this, as well as his infectious passion, that sets him apart from others.