Nurturing Disruptive Innovators

About Us

Supply Chain Angels (SCAngels) is the corporate venture arm of YCH Group, Asia Pacific’s leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and solutions provider, supported by Y3 Technologies, a leading supply chain management information technology and services company.

Co-invested by National Research Foundation (NRF) under the Early Stage Venture Funding Scheme III (ESVF III), SCAngels invests in startups that are synergistic and complementary to YCH’s supply chain and logistic business with the aim of “Nurturing Innovative Disruptors”.

It is more than providing money. It is about providing SMART money. Startups would be able to tap into our eco-system by utilising our in-depth sector knowledge, processes and clients.

Our startups will be encouraged to locate in Supply Chain City, a 2m sqft logistics ecosystem housing logistic operations of numerous MNCs, training of supply chain professionals and in the heart of the Jurong Innovation District.

What We Provide

High Technology

Have access to the best-in-class technologies in the Supply Chain and Logistics sector, made possible by the innovative nature of YCH Group

Enablement

Tap into the vast network of Asia’s leading supply chain management and solutions provider, providing unprecedented opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region

Sustainable Innovation

Elevate & enhance the culture of innovation through established frameworks and proven methodology of accelerated and sustainable growth

Smart Money

Beyond funding, we provide in-depth sector knowledge from industry experts mentoring start-ups throughout their growth journey

Tightly Networked Eco System

Be connected to critical networks of key stakeholders, providing technical, operational and knowledge capabilities to spur growth and innovation

Value Creation

Leverage on cutting-edge infrastructure, testbed platforms for new ideas and be connected to potential customers in our integrated systems

The Team

  • Robert Yap

    Chairman
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    Robert Yap

    Chairman

    Robert Yap is the Executive Chairman of YCH Group, Singapore’s leading end-to-end supply chain company with operations spanning across Asia Pacific. He has close to four decades of experience in the logistics and supply chain management field.

    Robert has been widely recognised for his thought leadership and contribution to the SCM industry. In 2016, Robert was named ‘Businessman of the Year’ for the year 2015 at the prestigious Singapore Business Awards. He was previously conferred the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013. Robert is also the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007, and the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003.

    Robert is currently President of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), Deputy Chairman of International Enterprise Singapore (IES), Chairman of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Singapore, and Singapore Chairman of the Malaysia – Singapore Business Council (MSBC). He also advises various business and strategic committees such as the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (SINCPEC), the ASEAN SME Advisory Board and the Singapore Management University’s School of Information Systems. Robert also contributes to various local government-related councils which include the Committee on the Future Economy, the National Productivity Council (NPC), the SkillsFuture Council, and Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence – Employers & Business (ACCORD). Robert is also the Founding Chairman of Supply Chain Asia – a regional community of more than 30,000 supply chain professionals.

  • Catherine Yap

    Investment Committee Member
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    Catherine Yap

    Investment Committee Member

    Catherine Yap is the Executive Director of YCH Group, a leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and logistics partner to some of the world’s largest companies. She oversees finance insurance and audit functions, and with 2 decades of multi-dimensional business management and accounting experience in the logistics industry, Catherine brings to the group invaluable depth in enterprise and growth management.

     

    Catherine graduated from the London School of Accountancy and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK). She has also participated in the INSEAD Euro-Asis Center Strategic Management programme, and holds a Certificate in Insurance from the Singapore Insurance Institute.

  • Marc Dragon

    Investment Committee Member
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    Marc Dragon

    Investment Committee Member

    Marc Dragon is the Deputy CEO of Y3 Technologies, a leading supply chain management information technology and services company. He was a Founding Partner in Antuit, a specialized analytics services firm, responsible for Asia business and operations, as well as leading the Global Supply Chain Analytics Competency. He architected and drove a 100% year-on-year business growth at Antuit, leading to a US$56M investment by Goldman Sachs within 3 years.

     

    Prior to Antuit, Marc also started up a Supply Chain Big Data Analytics firm, Insycn. Marc has also previously led Asia Pacific Analytics and SME Business Units for IBM, as well as led regional IT Strategy and consulting engagements for Deloitte especially for Retailers and Consumer Goods Companies.

  • James Ong

    Investment Committee Member / Partner
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    James Ong

    Investment Committee Member / Partner

    James Ong is the Head of Corporate Finance at YCH Group, a leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and logistics partner to some of the world’s largest companies. He originates and executes cross-border acquisitions, as well as spearheading YCH’s corporate finance initiatives across the group’s real estate assets and supply chain financing solutions. James is also the Investment Manager for Supply Chain Angels, YCH’s Venture Capital investment vehicle.

     

    James has more than 14 years of experience across various fields like private banking, private equity and investment banking in institutions like DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, Oppenheimer Investments and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services. At Oppenheimer Investments, James was the head of Asia for 5 years and he was instrumental in starting and growing the business for the group in Asia. He has successfully closed M&A and Project Finance deals in excess of US500mn across various industries like healthcare, infrastructure, consumer goods and real estate.

     

    In addition, James also ran a family office which invested in more than 9 investments spanning from healthcare, consumer goods, aged care, engineering, renewable energy and childcare.

  • Kerry Mok

    Investment Committee Member
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    Kerry Mok

    Investment Committee Member

    Kerry Mok is the CEO of YCH Group with over 21 years of experience in the supply chain management/logistics field and has spent more than 13 years in senior management/board level roles. Prior to joining YCH Group, Kerry held two positions, Acting CEO and COO in Goodpack Limited, a KKR portfolio company.

    Kerry’s previous experience also includes Accenture where he held the position of Managing Director, Strategy – Operations and was the head of the ASEAN Supply Chain Strategy practice for the firm. Kerry was appointed as a Member of the Working Group in Aug 2013 covering sectorial transformation as part of the Ministry of Communication and Information’s Infocomm Media Master Plan 2025 initiative. He is currently serving as a Member of the Future Economy Council Trade & Connectivity Sub-Committee.

    Kerry holds a First Class Honours Degree in Accountancy from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Investment Mandate

SCAngels is interested to help High Technology Early Stage Companies grow not just by providing capital but also with the ecosystem of deep set industry knowledge and access to our footprint across Asia Pacific and marque international MNC clientele.

Investment Criteria

  • High Technology
  • Less than 5 years from their date of incorporation AND
  • Not generated more than S$5 million in annual revenue AND
  • Incorporated in Singapore with core functions like R&D, product / technology development and management team is to be based in Singapore

If you think you fit the bill and want to be part of the ecosystem, please feel free to contact us here.

MENTORS

“Mentors Are The Secret Weapons Of Successful Startups”

We believe that the startups should arm themselves with one of the most important weapons that they can have when going into “battle”. SCA will provide the “ammunition” with 3 categories of mentors: Industry, Venture and Management Mentors

Each start-up would be assigned mentors based on relevant of experience and skill sets. Mentors are allocated into three categories, where each start-up would be assigned at least one from each group:

Industry Expert Mentors

Dr Robert Yap

Executive Chairman of YCH Group Executive Chairman of Y3 Technologies

Marc Dragon

Deputy CEO Y3 Technologies

Catherine Yap

Executive Director YCH Group

Margaret Toh

Executive Director YCH Group

Edward Chiu

CFO YCH Group

James Ong

Investment Committee Member Supply Chain Angels

Michael Leong

VP - Chemical & Healthcare YCH Group

Lilian Tan

Director - FMCG YCH Group

Jocelyn Ng

Director - Electronics YCH Group

Jimmy Ng

GM - Cold Chain YCH Group

Khoo Ngiap Seng

GM - Innovation & Development YCH Group

Dr Yap Chih Nam

GM Y3 Technologies

Sundi Aiyer

Principal Director of Supply Chain Practice Accenture

Mark Goh

Associate Professor of NUS Business School Director of The Logistics Institute (Asia Pacific)

Wayne Hunt

Director of Asia Pacific Executive Insights Former CEO/President of Toll Global Logistics

Paul Bradley

CEO of Caprica International Former MD of IDS (Li & Fung)

Simon See

Chief Solutions Architect NVIDIA Asia Pacific

Craig Rawlings

ASEAN Head of Supply Chain Consulting KPMG Advisory

Kerry Mok

CEO YCH Group

Venture Mentors

Jeffrey Paine

Managing Partner Golden Gate Ventures

John Tan

Partner 8Capita.com

Dr Steven Fang

Executive Director Invitrocue Ltd

Richard Oh

Senior Assistant Director NTUitive

Ronnie Wee

Founder & Managing Partner IncuVest

Douglas Gan

Founder of Vanitee Founder of Show Nearby

Manoj Sharma

Director Action Community for Entrepreneurship

Jan Reinmueller

Head of Innovation Ventures KPMG Singapore

Kelvin Tan

Deputy Director of NUS Enterprise Business Developement Head of IDMI

Management Mentors

Vinay Agrawal

Former Managing Director of ANZ

Chong Lit Cheong

Deputy Group Chief Corporate Officer Capitaland

Amit Midha

Chairman of Global Emerging Markets President of Dell (Asia Pacific & Japan)

Tan Hee Teck

President Genting Singapore

Pradeep Pant

President of Pant Consulting Former President of Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Mondelēz International

Soo Kok Leng

Chairman of CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Ltd Former Chairman of ST Electronics Ltd

Jonathan Asherson

Chairman Rolls Royce

Steven Miller

Vice Provost (Research) of SMU Founding Dean of SMU School of Information Systems

Gerry George

Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Business SMU

Michele Ferrario

CEO of Stash Away Former CEO of Zalora

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the investment quantum for each selected startup?

We will be looking to invest at Pre-Series A or Series A with a minimum of S$500,000 and a maximum of S$2 million into a single portfolio company. There is a possible follow on investment at Series B with a limit of S$2 million of total investment.

Q2. Do I need to have my startup incorporated in Singapore?

Yes. Companies must be incorporated in Singapore. If you need help incorporating, please, refer to the ACRA website. Alternatively, you can approach a corporate secretarial firm to help you with incorporation.

Q3. Do I have to move the whole team in Singapore?

It is not necessary to move the whole team to Singapore. However, the core high-value functions such as R&D, product and/or technology development and customization, and C-suite (CEO, CTO, etc) management team must be based in Singapore.

Q4. How will Supply Chain Angels decide on which startups to invest in?

We have an investment committee process which includes analyzing the team’s ability to execute, the product, the business model, as well as the synergies with our supply chain and logistic business.

But essentially the startup would need to be:

Q5. What sets Supply Chain Angels apart from other VC funds?

We believe in providing more than just capital. Capital is just one enabler for the startup to grow. It is essential but there are so many other factors that are critical for the startup to become a unicorn.

Supply Chain Angels will provide the startup with the ecosystem to thrive. This entails giving the startup access to our infrastructure (more than 10 countries across Asia Pacific), our people (deep set industry knowledge) and our contacts (clients and service providers).

Q6. Which areas will Supply Chain Angels be focusing on?

Supply Chain Angels will be focusing its investment in the following areas:

  • “Uberisation” of Logistics : New and smart ways of maximising the utilisation of capital and assets in areas such as reverse logistics, warehousing etc
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) that provides supply chain professionals with greater visibility, accuracy and pinpoint identification of potential issues throughout supply chain processes
  • 3D printing for on demand production and where products can be virtually warehoused
  • Big Data :  Advanced supply chain technologies of the future that will automate decision making
  • Robotics such as drones, smart warehouse robots, smart machines and automation
  • Fin Tech : Revolutionising the supply chain financing system

Contact Us

We’d like to help and hear from you

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Address

Supply Chain City, 8 Bulim Avenue #08-06, Singapore 648166