My nomination for the Stars of Shine 2013 award

The team from the Shine Organizing Committee of the National Youth CouncilMinistry of Culture, Community and Youth has awarded me with the Stars of Shine 2013 favourite nominee award on 27 July 2013. Here is the write up.

Chan Chiang Joo, NicholasChan-Chiang-Joo-Nicholas

“I’m a fearless adventurer! I want to inspire others to be like me and discover the limitless potential of the human spirit.”

The Mentor

Born in a humble family, Nicholas’s parents worked hard and he’d help out whenever he could. Hard work was never a stranger to Nicholas who started working at his aunt’s corporate gifts silkscreen shop since he was 12.

His life changed when his friend’s father, CEO of the Sim Lim Group, took him under his wing and showed him the ropes of investing and business development at the tender age of 14. That period of constant and patient mentoring convinced Nicholas to take on the entrepreneurial path, and do the same to nurture young entrepreneurs.

Nicholas overcame the odds despite battling autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tendencies. He’s now able to give inspiring keynote speeches on entrepreneurship before hundreds of students and professionals after years of practise and guidance from mentors and peers.

Today, Nicholas is a serial entrepreneur–turned-venture capitalist, focusing on assisting young, passionate startups in Asia. His aim since 2003 was to personally nurture one young entrepreneur a year. More than 30 successful entrepreneurs have excelled under his guidance, with many receiving venture investments and expanding into multiple markets.

For over a decade, Nicholas has reached out to more than 13,000 youths as a tireless advocate of Entrepreneurship as a force for Good through his speeches and masterclasses. He co-founded Project:Senso Ltd, a non-profit organisation that matches aspiring entrepreneurs to experienced business mentors. He has also served as a grantmaker in the National Youth Council’s Youth ChangeMaker programme and as an advisory director to the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society Singapore, Nanyang Technological University Students in Free Enterprise and Singapore Management University Initiatives for Social Enterprise.

A product of good mentoring, Nicholas is eager to continue empowering more young people and businesses by paying it forward and serving as a mentor himself.

As he aptly puts it: “if not me, then who?”

First published on Shine Youth Festival website June 2013:




Thank you Mr Lawrence Wong! (Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information)


Photos courtesy of National Youth Council SHINE Youth Festival Facebook page.

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