EDGE is pleased to announce the launch of the EDGE Advisory Board to support our goal of supporting, developing, and empowering youth entrepreneurs in Singapore. The five members who are joining our advisory board are Clarence Ti, James Tan, Jasmin Lau, Jeffrey Paine, and Wong Toon King. Their experience in entrepreneurship, venture capital, working with youth, and community building will be helpful in guiding the EDGE Leadership Team on how to build a successful community and create value for youth entrepreneurs.
Clarence Ti is a member of the Board of Directors for the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and chairs the ACE Youth & Education Sub-committee. He is the current principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic where he actively engages with students to develop them into future-ready graduates such as by promoting entrepreneurship, overseas internships and community service. Previously, Clarence was involved in the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Land Authority, Ministry of Law, and Ministry of Finance.
James Tan is Chairman at the Action Community for Entrepreneurship, the national private sector-led organization responsible for Singapore’s startup ecosystem. He is also Managing Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan, a NASDAQ listed e-commerce group that grew to more than 200 cities and 5,000 employees across China. He is the first Singaporean and one of the few foreigners to found a public listed internet company in China.
Jasmin Lau is the Executive Director of the Singapore Global Network (SGN) in the Economic Development Board. SGN drives the Singapore Government’s efforts to grow and deepen Singapore’s overseas networks. Prior to this, she has held leadership positions in the Ministry of Health, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Manpower, and the Ministry of Finance.
Jeffrey Paine is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital fund based in Singapore investing in Southeast Asia with over US$175 million under management investing in over 40 companies since 2012. Jeff started and manages the Founder Institute in Singapore where he is currently overseeing its expansion in Southeast Asia and is a recipient of the Founder Institute Director Award 2012 for “Greatest Ecosystem Impact” Worldwide (Singapore).
MIT graduate Wong Toon King (TK) founded Singapore’s first internet company SilkRoute Ventures in 1994, growing it into one of the region’s most well known internet companies. ECnet, one of its flagship startups, expanded across Asia to Silicon Valley, where TK setup its global headquarters, raising $80M of venture backing in a bid to become a global technology player. He is currently the Managing Partner at FarSight Capital, investing and nurturing high tech startups, and mentoring future generations of entrepreneurs. He also co-founded Singapore’s first fencing academy Z Fencing, and brought Ben & Jerry’s to our shores.
Marcus Wong, President of EDGE, said, “I’m incredibly honoured to have these five established individuals on our advisory board. I’m humbled to have TK, who founded Singapore’s first internet company; James, the first Singaporean to found a public listed internet company in China; Jeff, one of the earliest venture capitalists in Singapore; Clarence, who have been actively involved in youth development and entrepreneurship in Ngee Ann; and Jasmin, who have successfully built a thriving community through SGN, as our advisors. Their confidence and trust in EDGE inspires and drives us to want to do more for youth entrepreneurs in Singapore.”
EDGE is a growing community of youth entrepreneurs and we welcome all youth entrepreneurs to join our community. EDGE is also looking to grow our pool of mentors, individuals who are able to add value to youth entrepreneurs. Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you’re keen.