23 from Singapore in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list

On a good note: The Sam Willows, comprising (from left) Benjamin Kheng, Tang, Narelle Kheng and Chua, are one of Singapores most successful bands, earning them a spot on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

SINGAPORE: When Kenny Wang found himself locked out of a house and unable to tend to his grandfather who was lying unconscious inside, it inspired him to co-found smart lock company igloohome.

Started in 2016, igloohome now builds keyless solutions that allow users to manage their properties remotely.

As the chief operations officer, Wang, 29, expanded the business to 90 countries and partnered with Airbnb, Booking.com and Allianz.

He is one of 23 people from Singapore who are named in this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list.

The annual list features 300 young innovators and entrepreneurs across Asia, all under the age of 30, who are rewriting the rules for the next generation.

There are 10 categories which include The Arts, Entertainment & Sports and Enterprise Technology.

Singapore has the fifth highest number of honourees, with 23 on the list, after China (61), India (59), Japan (30) and South Korea (28).

In the Entertainment & Sports category, Singapore band The Sam Willows and local bowler Shayna Ng were named.

One of the most successful bands to come out of Singapore, The Sam Willows comprise siblings Benjamin Kheng, 28, and Narelle Kheng, 25, as well as their friends Jonathan Chua, 29, and Sandra Riley Tang, 28.

The group was formed in 2012 and released their first EP that year, followed by their first full-length album Take Heart in October 2015.

They released their second studio album, I Know, But Where in July 2018.

Ng, 29, captured Singapore’s first gold medal at the World Bowling Women’s Championships in 2015 and won her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) title at the PWBA Las Vegas Open in 2018.

Since 2011, she has held the world female record for the six-game series.

For her sporting achievements, she was twice named Singapore’s Sportswoman of the Year and received the prestigious Singapore Youth Award in 2017. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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