About me

People know me best as a pro-Singaporean tech startup evangelist, where I work, support and encourage Singaporeans to become tech entrepreneurs and build a lively startup ecosystem.

This site is where entrepreneurs can find interesting inspirations on the South-East Asia ecosystem, startup advisories, interviews with successful founders and the startup ecosystem scene in Singapore.

My experiences as an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, VC, incubator, journalist and mentor have built over the last 20 years and I hope to always contribute to the country that I love.

I am also building a vision of growing a generation of successful Singapore entrepreneurs where I can partner, invest, mentor and grow together to manage Singapore’s economy. And in hope, these entrepreneurs will pay-it-forward and grow the next generation of startup entrepreneurs for Singapore.

Venture Capitalist

My official profession is an early-stage venture capitalist, where I am Managing Partner of TRIVE.

TRIVE includes a VC arm, a pay-it-forward incubator and an accelerator.

Together with my team, we work on investing in Singapore-based technology startups that focus on sustainable deep tech/deep science that can be implemented into emerging South-East Asia.

TRIVE Venture Capital
a Licensed Monetary Authority of Singapore VCFM
trive.vc

Mentoring millennial Singaporeans

Need guidance in your entrepreneurial journey, or just advice on life decisions? Life is pretty tough as a millennial, and sometimes, you just want to someone to hear you out and guide you.

Say no more. To me, it is the greatest PASSION and privilege to be part of the lives of the next generation.

I have been blessed and enriched by the experiences, joys and trials of my over 30 mentees. I myself am a product of 5 mentors who have guided me through my life.

I am also the founder of the NEXT50.sg initiative, where there are over 85 mentors waiting to mentor you today, absolutely free!

If you are Singaporean and below the age of 35, connect with me for a kopi.

Celebrating with one of my best mentees, Felix Lee,
a young entrepreneur and valedictorian of his cohort in Singapore Polytechnic 2018

Trainer and Judge

It was an unexpected calling that I ended up teaching entrepreneurship-related topics and explaining the tech startup landscape.

This has led me to become a professional trainer, where I started guest teaching in Singapore’s state universities, as well as conducting public masterclasses and private ones to Telkomsel’s management.

Part of paying-it-forward is also to be involved in various judging competitions held in Singapore.

Am honoured to have participated in various judging panels throughout 2018.

Teaching a guest lecture to undergraduate students
at Singapore Management University.

My Journalist writings

As part of giving back to the startup ecosystem, I regularly guest write for various tech publications. To date, I have written over 100 articles. Below are the latest I have written.

Know the purpose of Singapore startup grants before applying for them

The Singapore tech ecosystem is one of the few ecosystems that promote entrepreneurship and offers startup grants to its citizens, especially at an ideation stage. Being part of the ecosystem for the last eight years, TRIVE has supported over 75 Singapore startups via the Startup SGFounder Grant and defunct iJAM.Reload grant programs, which we have seen a […]

Beyond the Valley: Why tech entrepreneurs should look east

This article first appeared on EDB. Christopher Quek, Managing Partner of TRIVE Ventures, an early-stage startup venture fund that invests in deep technology startups targeting Southeast Asia, shares about the growing tech scene in Southeast Asia and why Singapore is the place to be to tap these opportunities.    Silicon Valley is the headquarters and birthplace […]

Opinion: Should Singaporeans celebrate its newly minted startup unicorn, Trax?

Trax can do much more for the country that helped established its foundations It was all over the headlines when Trax announced it became Singapore’s next unicorn. I, however, was not enthused. As a pro-Singapore evangelist, I should have celebrated as it shows Singapore is becoming the hotbed of big valuation companies, but as I dug […]

938Radio Biz Bytes Show: How to scale beyond Singapore (9 Episodes)

I am running 9 radio shows in the month of May 2019 on Radio 938Now, under Biz Bytes. In this series, I will be talking about how to scale beyond Singapore from seed to Series A. Understand the various considerations for your expansion. The links below will redirect you to the Me Radio website. Each […]