24 from Singapore in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list

Magazine ranks 300 young innovators, disruptors and entrepreneurs across Asia

A league table that ranks 300 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs across Asia has included 24 from Singapore.

The table lists 30 people under age 30 in 10 categories, each vetted and selected by a panel of accomplished judges, said Forbes magazine, which compiled the ranking.

Singapore tied with Japan for the fifth highest number of people in the rankings this year.

The 24 picked were selected across nine categories.

They include Chope chief operating officer Dinesh Balasingam, who was selected under the consumer technology category.

Ms Esther Wang, founder of healthcare education start-up Joytingle, made the list in the healthcare and science category.

Her firm specialises in child life programmes, patient engagement, paediatric education and hospital play.

In the retail and commerce category, Mr Tushar Khandelwal, chief operating officer and co-founder of online travel and activity platform Voyagin, made the list.

Voyagin, which was acquired by Rakuten in 2015, makes activity suggestions, provides guest reviews and helps digital-savvy travellers with bookings.

Others selected in this category include SecretLab founders Ian Ang and Alaric Choo, and Ms Shanru Lai and Ms Josephine Chow of Shopback.

Mr Julius Tan, founder of energy retail marketplace Electrify, made the list in the industry, manufacturing and energy category. It has facilitated US$3.8 million (S$5m) worth of transactions since March last year.

The arts category included Mr Jackson Aw of design studio Mighty Jaxx.

He started the studio in 2012 with a $20,000 loan. It has since worked with artists as well as international brands such as DC Comics and New Balance to create collectible sculptures.

Among social entrepreneurs, Kapap Academy's Qin Yunquan was included in the list for her efforts to empower ordinary people with realistic self-defence training.

Local paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu also made the list.

Ms Yip, who competes in the backstroke, is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist and a one-time International Paralympic Committee gold medallist, with two world records to her name.