Millennials continue to make their presence felt in the modern business world and startup businesses are ubiquitous. In this issue, Top 10 of Asia shares its random list of top 10 new generation Malaysian businessmen to watch in the year 2020. Besides appearing on the Forbes’ listing, these award-winning young and innovative entrepreneurs from various industries have introduced modern services and products that are greatly favoured by customers. Their services have also brought convenience to customers, benefitted society and also the environment.
Aaron Patel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of iHandal Energy Solutions Sdn Bhd. The company is a turn-key thermal engineering solutions provider that processes and recovers waste energy from a client and returns it as a useful output that is more efficient and effective. To date, the iHandal system counts established multinational corporations from the hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors as trusted and long-term partners. Patel and his team have completed over 120 projects across 7 countries in ASEAN. Over 70% of hospitality chains in Malaysia are adopting iHandal’s energy system.
Jin Xi Cheong
Jin Xi Cheong is the founder of Poladrone Solutions Sdn Bhd. Poladrone aims to expand the use of drone technology in commercial industries. It uses drones to boost efficiency on Malaysian palm oil plantations and crop farms. Established in 2016, Poladrone provides solutions for businesses by using innovative and progressive technology for complicated operations. The drones are specialised in aerial mapping, precision mapping and infrastructure inspection. Among the company’s services are 2D/3D mapping, aerial spraying, crop health detection, visual inspection, thermal inspection and surveillance. Poladrone also has an overseas branch in Thailand.
Tan Yong Meng
Founder of Build Easy Sdn Bhd, Tan Yong Meng reshapes the future of property ownership by providing an online platform offering trustworthy and affordable choices via machine learning. Build Easy’s O2O (online to offline) covers the entire value chain for property buyers who wish to invest in South East Asia. The company currently has operations in Malaysia and Vietnam, serving clients from over 10 different countries. Besides, it also uses state-of-the-art technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality plus projection mapping and hologram, providing an immersive and interactive experience to clients.
Vinesh Sinha is the founder of FatHopes Energy Sdn Bhd, an award-winning company with the primary focus of developing sustainable fats, oils and grease solutions for advanced biofuel production. The company is known to be a reliable supplier of ready-to-use biofuels and also biofuels feedstock to markets globally. The company makes large deployments of timely and efficient waste oil collection services throughout areas with waste oil. FatHopes is also a regular supplier to many oil and gas companies locally and internationally.
Ammar Roslizar & Ammar Shahrin
ARBA Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd was founded by Ammar Roslizar and Ammar Shahrin in 2014. The company has branches in Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Korea. ARBA Travel focuses in Halal Tourism and it provides a wonderful travel experience to 13 countries overseas and also locally at places such as Sabah, Sarawak, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Langkawi. Every package is customised specially for each of its clients. ARBA Travel is one of the fastest growing travel companies with over 50 full-time staff.
Terence Lee established Chance Holding Sdn Bhd in 2017 and the company specialises in food and beverages. It produces various food and beverage brands to be sold in Malaysia. One of its famous brands is Chatto, a handcrafted tea bar with 40 outlets nationwide. The first international outlets will be opened in Brunei and Australia this year. Chatto serves a variety of tea base beverages that are brewed by using premium quality and organic tea leaves which are imported from Japan, Taiwan and China.
Andy Lim founded IBPO Group Sdn Bhd in 2013 that is now an award-winning financial advisory service provider that offers strategic business consultancy services. Its services include loans, general insurance and investment consultancy in stocks and properties. IBPO has 4 branches locally and a branch overseas at Hong Kong with a staff force of over 60. The company has also established subsidiaries which are IBPO Capital Limited in Hong Kong, IBPO Property Sdn Bhd, IBPO Insurance and IBPO Academy.
Eric Cheng founded Carsome Sdn Bhd and it is currently one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing online car sales platform that connects customers to used car dealers nationwide. Carsome facilitates the process of car selling from the stage of inspection, valuation, bidding, payment and logistics. This enables its customers to sell their cars within 24 hours. The company has around 14 branches locally and also branches overseas at countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. It has around 1,800 dealers in Malaysia.
Jeffri Cheong & Choong Fui-Yu
Jeffri Cheong and Choong Fui-Yu established Kaodim Sdn Bhd in 2014. Through their web and mobile platforms, Kaodim helps users hire the right service providers. Users would only need to answer a few simple questions and the company would match them with qualified service providers who are capable of doing a professional job. Besides, users can also compare prices, view profiles and go through reviews to search for their preferable service provider. The company also provides the Kaodim User App that helps users connect with service providers and the Kaodim Pro App that helps service providers connect with users. Kaodim has branches overseas in countries such as Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia.
OM Connect Sdn Bhd was established by Jan Wong and the company specialises in digital marketing, training and consultancy, data analytics and tech development. Also known as OpenMinds, the company tailors programmes to aid clients to discover their digital strategies through data analytics and customises tech solutions such as getting solutions from websites, mobile applications, machine learning, blockchain technologies, chatbots and even virtual reality. The company has worked with various brands from different industries and has been featured on BFM (The Business Station), TEDx, Techstars, National University of Singapore and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre.