Where passionate like-minded individuals convene

Associates & Fellows

Aminur Rasyid

Artably

Chang Qingyang

ConcreteAI

Chia Hsin-Ee

Learning Vessels

Chong Ing Kai

Stick ‘Em

Chua Rui De

UnaBiz

Heng Li Seng

Green Nudge

David Hoe

YTL PowerSeraya

Kazel Koh

CyberLife AI

Julian Koo

Jaga-Me

Kuik Shiao-Yin

Common Ground Civic Centre & Consultancy

Debra Lam

And Pte Ltd

Sean Lam

Ecoworks

Lee Jin

Tictag.io

Lee Zi Xin

The Young SEAkers

Fitzkhoon Liang

Keppel Networks

Jan Lim

Participate in Design

Kenneth Lou

Mito Health

Jodie Monteiro

Ferticlay

M. Ibnur Rashad

GUILD

Nuryanee Anisah

Commenhers

Ritchie Ng

Eastspring Investments

Oon Tian Sern

Acceset

Shahri Samsi

Shogun Fight Gym

Sim Zhi Min

Tsinghua University

Ellwyn Tan

BagoSphere

Kevin Tan

Tri-Sector Associates

Shaun Tan

Inclus

Tan Ying Quan

Barramundi Group

Tan Zheng Wee, Sean

Insect Feed Technologies

Suzanna Farid Tang

Urban Origins

Claire Teo

Methodist Welfare Services

Samantha Thian

Seastainable

Josh Tseng

Blind Mice Media

Udayagiri Vishnu Saran

Invigilo Technologies

Vairavan Ramanathan

Project Enigma

Esther Wang

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Wang Junyong

ISS International Academy

Yeoh Wan Qing

Hatch

Yu Gao Fei

Exabloom

Radiah Zainal

Feeveo

Committee Members

Chee Yeow Meng

Member

Edwin Chow

Head
Selection
Sub-committee

Natasha Foong

Head
Mentoring
Sub-committee

Manohar Khiatani

Member

Koh Lin-Net

Chairman
Steering Committee

Kiren Kumar

Member

Debra Lam

Member

Lim Jui

Head
Events and
Networking
Sub-committee

Lisa Ooi

Member

Sim Zhi Min

Member

Tan Kai Hoe

Deputy Chairman
Steering Committee

Wang Junyong

Member

Mentors

Abel Ang

Group CEO,
Advanced MedTech Holdings

Aw Kah Peng

Chairman,
Shell Companies in Singapore

Lily Chan

Chief Executive & Vice Chancellor,
Wawasan Open University

Chong Siak Ching

CEO,
National Gallery Singapore

Edwin Chow

Vice President,
Industrials & New Ventures,

Accuron Technologies

Natasha Foong

Co-Founder,
Incuvest

Heng Teck Thai

Deputy CEO,
Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

Julian Ho

Partner,
Egon Zehnder

Manohar Khiatani

Senior Executive Director,
Capitaland Group

Khoo Seok Lin

Director,
Phos
Consultancy

Koh Lin-Net

Director,
Centre for Impact Investing and Practices Temasek Trust

Kiren Kumar

Deputy CEO,
Infocomm Media Development Authority

Adrian Lee

Director of Operations,
Asia Lendlease Asia Holdings

Lee Eng Keat

Head,
Group Strategy & Programs Office,

Singapore Post Ltd

Leong Wei Hung

CEO,
Singapore LNG Corporation

David Lim

Lim Jui

CEO,
SGInnovate

Suresh Natarajan

Principal,
ITE College Central

Bruce Poh

CEO,
ITE Education Services

Tan Kai Hoe

CEO & President,
Accuron Technologies

Chairman,
Singapore Red Cross Council

Sidney Yee

Advisor,
A*STAR Innovation and Enterprise

Yeoh Keat Chuan

CEO,
Temus

Elaine Yew

Senior Partner,
Egon Zehnder

Advisors

Aw Kah Peng

Chong Siak Ching

Khoo Seok Lin

Featured Projects

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Middlescence Academy

The Middlescence Academy is a pioneering initiative aimed at elevating the proficiency of housing agents in senior living and housing. It provides agents with comprehensive training on the needs of seniors and the different stages of senior living. Beyond that, it strives to create a harmonious shared living space between homeowners and senior housemates. Middlescence Academy does not just educate agents, it also creates a ripple effect of positive change in the senior housing landscape.

Fitzkhoon Liang, PYI Associate 2014 and PYI Fellow 2018

Participate in Design

Participate in Design is a non-profit design organisation delivering consultancy and training services to facilitate the integration of community-based participatory processes into urban space design and planning. Its aim is to ensure that socially inclusive, just, and democratic approaches are central to design and planning practice and education, so that local communities can inform and influence decisions that affect them.

Jan Lim, PYI Associate 2014 and PYI Fellow 2015

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Mito Health

Mito Health brings together medicine and technology to offer advanced health diagnostics with personalised health plans. It helps members identify health issues early and guides them into making the right changes. Its aim is to maximise not just the length, but the quality of one’s life.

Kenneth Lou, PYI Associate 2014 and PYI Fellow 2019

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Debra is an organisational development practitioner focusing on improving organisational health in various sectors. She also designs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies and supports people and organisations in building more inclusive societies through greater awareness and finding new ways forward. She previously co-founded a social enterprise that designs methodologies and platforms to promote the social inclusion of the disabled community

Debra Lam, PYI Associate 2015 and PYI Fellow 2018

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GUILD

With PYI’s support, the Ground-Up Innovation Labs for Development (GUILD) has transformed from an invention studio to a learning consultancy. Notable projects include the award-winning Floating Chinampa farming invention with L’Oreal, TECH TARIK scientific research seminars, the Youth Sustainability Champions Programme, the Remaking Paths career discovery programme for youth ex-offenders, and My Digital Bootcamp in partnership with UOB. GUILD recently concluded a Sustainability Summer Programme with Japan and aims for global growth.

M. Ibnur Rashad, PYI Associate 2015 and PYI Fellow 2019

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Barramundi Group

As the Head of Strategy, Corporate Affairs and Singapore Operations of Barramundi Group Ltd, Tan Ying Quan leads the group’s aqua-tech strategy in developing key technology areas such as selection breeding and genetics, vaccines, and aquaculture systems.

Tan Ying Quan, PYI Associate 2015

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Shogun Fight Gym

Prioritising skill development, Shogun Fight Gym is dedicated to unlocking the full potential of its students, on and off the mat, regardless of age or ability. Shahri Samsi is a coach who believes that a person’s character and talent can be moulded and honed through training and guidance.

Shahri Samsi, PYI Associate 2016 and PYI Fellow 2020

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Joytingle

An award-winning health-education company, Joytingle’s products are used by leading hospitals across 25 countries.  

In April 2016, Joytingle and Esther’s invention (Rabbit Ray) was highlighted in Singapore’s Parliament as an example of “innovation by design” by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister Heng Swee Keat. Esther was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 in the category of “Healthcare and Technology’ and appeared on the cover (Forbes Asia, April 2018) as one of five featured honorees.

Esther Wang, PYI Associate 2016

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ISS International Academy

Wang Junyong joined PYI with the goal of creating a positive impact through drumming. He eventually found his way to Cambodia, where he now manages ISS International Academy to provide quality education to middle-income children in the country. 

Wang Junyong, PYI Associate 2016 and PYI Fellow 2018

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UnaBiz

Chua Rui De developed a portable motorised add-on for wheelchairs. During the early stages of product and business development, his PYI mentor facilitated key connections to kick-start the project and to refine it to achieve product-market fit. Since then, he has continued to use the technology to improve the daily lives of people through his work in UnaBiz, a global massive IoT service provider and integrator.

Chua Rui De, PYI Associate 2017

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Schools for The Future

Philip Yeo Initiative co-funded Kuik Shiao-Yin’s first systems-level intervention, bringing together key stakeholders from three different schools. Over six months, school leaders, youths and parents were trained in change leadership, a skill that helped them introduce grounded changes in their respective schools.

Kuik Shiao-Yin, PYI Associate 2017 and PYI Fellow 2019

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In collaboration with local hospitals, Ritchie Ng started off with a project that utilised AI in detecting lung nodules in X-ray scans and cancer in mammograms. An unrelated nationwide data leak affected this project, which was subsequently terminated. Since then, Ritchie has pivoted to harnessing AI in the financial sector, assisting individuals in their financial well-being.

Ritchie Ng, PYI Associate 2017 and PYI Fellow 2019

BagoSphere

BagoSphere is a community to develop frontliners through its pre-employment, employee onboarding and leadership programmes that empower talents to secure frontline entry-level jobs to managers by building up their mindsets, confidence and skills. Since 2013, it has trained over 7,000 individuals, of which more than 80% became successfully employed, and expanded its reach from the call centre industry to the microfinance sector.

Ellwyn Tan, PYI Associate 2017 and PYI Fellow 2019

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Artably

Artably’s Pledge-A-Badge project aims to use collectible badges featuring illustrations and characters to raise awareness of important social issues. It has two main goals: creating visuals that highlight important causes and collaborating with local businesses to promote these badges. As part of Artably’s pilot project scheduled for a late 2023 launch, it will co-create a wall mural at Common Ground, where it is based, to commemorate its community-focused work.

Aminur Rasyid, PYI Associate 2018 and PYI Fellow 2020

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Learning Vessels

Learning Vessels (LV) is a social enterprise that offers the Early Learning Programme (ELP), an intervention-based foundational literacy and numeracy programme developed by LV’s co-founders in 2014, to address educational challenges faced by disadvantaged children. LV works with charities to train volunteers to provide the ELP’s personalised 1:1 teaching using methods from educational, speech and language, and occupational therapy. LV also offers learning materials to parents and educators at market rates, and provides workshops for children, volunteers and parents.

Chia Hsin-Ee, PYI Associate 2018 and PYI Fellow 2020

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Jaga-Me

Jaga-Me Home Care, co-founded by Julian is an award-winning digital healthcare platform that bridges a patient’s transition from hospital to home. Its mission is to enable access to quality healthcare at home, through a global community care network. Jaga-Me’s digital platform matches people who need care with clinical care resources in the community. Through its web and mobile app, home visits, personalized care information, and medical goods, can be facilitated in order to enable a safe and seamless transition home.

Julian Koo, PYI Associate 2018 and PYI Fellow 2020

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Acceset

Acceset is an online mental wellness platform that features text-based journaling, enabling users to share problems online and receive emotional support from others. Oon Tian Sern is now transitioning into a management role to address community mental health issues in an institutional setting, while also working on a side project that brings communities and stakeholders online to leverage the advantages of a large network to enhance lives.

Oon Tian Sern, PYI Associate 2018 and PYI Fellow 2020

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Tri-Sector Associates

Tri-Sector Associates, founded by Kevin in collaboration with Third Sector Capital Partners, is a non-profit advisory firm whose mission is to maximise the effectiveness of social spending by deploying a model called Pay for Success. They bring together governments, philanthropies and private funders across the Asia Pacific to invest in social causes.

Kevin Tan, PYI Associate 2018

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Green Nudge

Green Nudge began as Heng Li Seng’s project idea to make large-scale events more sustainable. He later pivoted the company’s focus to tailor sustainability initiatives to meet the specific needs of companies and communities, guiding them in adopting more environmentally responsible practices when planning and hosting employee engagements.

Heng Li Seng, PYI Associate 2019

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Yonah

Yonah was a project that focused on implementing drone robotics in Southeast Asia. Through PYI, Sim Zhi Min has successfully deployed his systems in Malaysia and the Philippines. While the project has ended following Zhi Min’s departure, its contributions to robotics literature and open-source knowledge remained impactful in the rapidly expanding area of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for payload delivery.

Sim Zhi Min, PYI Associate 2019

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Inclus

Inclus is a social enterprise that helps persons with disabilities (PWDs) achieve gainful employment and independent living. It works closely with tertiary institutions and non-profit organisations to support PWDs as young as 16 years old in society. It aims to expand its life-journey approach by helping both PWDs and their families from cradle to grave.

Shaun Tan, PYI Associate 2019 and PYI Fellow 2021

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I Am Talented

 “I Am Talented” is a social empowerment programme that offers non-academic experiences to secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Its diverse courses like songwriting and robotics allow students to nurture their passions. With PYI funding, the programme has introduced robotics to Primary 6 students in Jalan Kukoh. Those displaying interest in robotics were guided towards selecting secondary schools with robotics as an Applied Learning Programme. This initiative has led to an ongoing partnership with Catch+ and expanded to include students in Kampong Glam.

David Hoe, PYI Associate 2020

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Claire Teo, the first visually impaired LASALLE’s Diploma in Performance graduate, achieved a significant milestone as a protagonist and playwright in Singapore’s first inclusive musical, “ART:DIS Singapore’s Welcome to My World 2023: Cha Cham Bo! Taking Flight”. Honoured with the 2022 Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards (UBS Promise), she passionately serves marginalised communities. She teaches drama at special needs and mainstream schools, including LASALLE, MINDS, Lighthouse School, and works as a programmes’ executive at Methodist Welfare Services.

Claire Teo, PYI Associate 2020

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Seastainable

Seastainable is a social business focused on marine conservation in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia. It promotes sustainable living and environmental awareness among individuals. Seastainable directs its profits to support environmental organizations and collaborates with Indonesian communities to pay fair wages for collecting plastic waste and advancing environmental education.

Samantha Thian, PYI Associate 2020 and PYI Fellow 2021

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Invigilo Technologies

Invigilo Technologies is an AI safety intelligence platform, delivering prescriptive, preventive, and predictive safety solutions in the workplace, particularly for high-risk worksites. It uses historical data and on-site IP cameras, employing advanced computer vision to provide real-time safety breach alerts for swift action. It also offers a comprehensive dashboard with vital site safety statistics.

Udayagiri Vishnu Saran, PYI Associate 2020

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Exabloom

Exabloom is a conversational commerce platform for businesses, with the aim to digitise and enhance the entire customer journey through chat. Since its launch in January 2023, it has processed more than 2,000,000 conversations globally. It is fully customer funded and has achieved profitability. Currently, it serves customers from Singapore, Malaysia and the United States.

Yu Gao Fei, PYI Associate 2020

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Stick’Em

Stick ‘Em uses chopsticks, 3D-printed geometric connectors, and a user-friendly plug-and-play electronics kit to construct robots, bridges, and other creative projects. Its self-guided curriculum provides access to STEAM programmes for schools, eliminating the need for costly trainers. It has already benefited over 2,000 makers across seven countries. Its vision is to extend this impact to schools in remote areas, empowering all children to develop problem-solving skills and harness technology’s full potential via Stick’Em’s products.

Chong Ing Kai, PYI Associate 2021

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Autonomous Cysec Platform

Kazel Koh’s project involves automating offensive cybersecurity testing using chess AI techniques, with the goal of making high-quality and affordable cybersecurity accessible to all organisations. After two years of development and patent applications, the project has received a Notice of Eligibility for Grant for the patent. Kazel’s focus is now on commercialising the invention and piloting it in organisations.

Kazel Koh, PYI Associate 2021

Tictag.io

Tictag.io is a startup that aims to reduce data annotation complexity with an AI-based solution. With its pre-series A funding, it has brought on 141 beneficiaries from various backgrounds. It is working towards onboarding low-income seniors, persons with disabilities, and persons with autism onto the Tictag app, making a positive impact in the community.

Lee Jin, PYI Associate 2021

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The Young SEAkers

The Young SEAkers (TYS) is the first and only Southeast Asia-based non-profit organisation with a China and ASEAN angle. TYS nurtures ASEAN-China Savvy Youth Leaders equipped with cross-border skills for the ASEAN-China region. Headquartered in Singapore, it has regional chapters in all 10 ASEAN countries and China. Since its launch, it has piloted three key programmes: SEAkers Mentoring, SEAkers Career, and a school curriculum.

Lee Zi Xin, PYI Associate 2021

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Urban Origins

Urban Origins is a transformative social enterprise dedicated to curating sustainability and wellness activities for corporations. To date, it has collaborated with over 50 corporate clients, raising awareness and promoting sustainable practices. Its ultimate goal is to scale globally, reaching diverse markets and forming strategic partnerships with organisations that share a mutual commitment to sustainability and well-being.

Suzanna Farid Tang, PYI Associate 2021

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ConcreteAI

ConcreteAI aims to develop technology that replaces the conventional cube test for on-site concrete strength determination. Its solution is in the proof of value phase with government agencies and has been adopted by private builders in Singapore and Malaysia. 

Chang Qingyang, PYI Associate 2022

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Ferticlay

Ferticlay is an innovative startup that blends food waste, including eggshells, coffee grounds, and nut husks, with clay to produce alternative clay materials for agriculture and construction. It has begun R&D trials to develop slow-release fertilising clay that can also be used as a filament for 3D printing. 

Jodie Monteiro, PYI Associate 2022

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Insect Feed Technologies

Insect Feed Technologies produces insects as a source of sustainable protein for animal feed. With more production facilities in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, the company has started catering to the high-margin pet food market and is experiencing a new growth phase.  

Tan Zheng Wee, Sean, PYI Associate 2022

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Project Enigma

Project Enigma is an edutainment company promoting hands-on puzzles and toys. Puzzletopia is the company’s edutainment space in Singapore offering hundreds of puzzles to visitors, who can book a session to play with the puzzles or borrow them to play at home. Since its inception, Puzzletopia has garnered a loyal customer base.

Vairavan Ramanathan, PYI Associate 2022

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Hatch

Hatch is an impact-driven startup that aims to empower youths from unconventional pathways in the digital and design fields. In 2023, it extended its efforts to include persons with disabilities, training them for social media marketing roles.

Yeoh Wan Qing, PYI Associate 2022

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Feeveo

With PYI’s support, Feeveo has developed and manufactured a bean sprout processing machine to increase the production of Silver Sprouts, a bean sprout variety that has been in short supply for 20 years. The machine is set to produce Silver Sprout from September 2023. This achievement in automation serves as a stepping stone for improving processing efficiency in other food types. With automation, Feeveo will positively impact the agricultural and consumers’ food options.

Radiah Zainal, PYI Associate 2022

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