Vicknesh R Pillay, Founding partner, TNB Ventures
At age 31, Vicknesh R Pillay was already an established entrepreneur who was nominated for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the coveted Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Awards 2013. As Managing Partner of TNB Ventures, Vicknesh will tap into his fund management, investment and go to market experience to oversee and manage the TNB Venture’s Series A/B Investments and portfolio companies.
Over his enterprising career, Vicknesh has earned several accolades. After being nominated for his first award, SICCI-DBS – “Most Promising Entrepreneur 2011”, he notched up numerous awards such as the “Best Foreign Enterprise” award at SME1 Asia 2012, “Most Promising Entrepreneur” award at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award 2012, “Top Luminary” at Promising SME500 2013 and the “Midas Touch Asia 2013-Platinum Award” presented by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Prior, Vicknesh founded, managed and exited an independent advisory firm where he raised and managed equity for projects worth over €300 million. He also founded, operated and exited startups which contributed a combined revenue of approximately S$ 47 million in 4 years. Currently, Vicknesh serves as a Board of Director at several companies where he advises and assists on their internal strategies and regional expansion plans.
Having graduated with a double degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and dual MBAs from UCLA Anderson and the National University of Singapore, Vicknesh is passionately involved in Singapore’s startup ecosystem. He is an appointed judge and mentor for numerous entrepreneurship workshops, conferences and startup competitions, contributing to the cultivation of aspiring entrepreneurs and startups.