The inaugural SME Digital Leap Awards is our way of honouring small medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore that have made efforts to digitalise and transform their business. This award will recognise well-rounded excellence in three areas: digital enablement, employee development and leadership direction, as well as an award category for SME employees who have been instrumental in championing digitalisation efforts within their companies.

The awards will serve as a platform for businesses and their individual digital champions to showcase their success stories and inspire SMEs within their industry in adopting digital innovation.

Award Structure

The awards will be given out at both business and individual level, and entries will be mainly scored based on essay submissions.

For SMEs

For business level award,
we are looking for SMEs that:

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Adopt digital solutions to improve their daily operations,

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Encourage employees to learn and use technology to innovate and drive business growth,

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Provide clear leadership direction in driving digitalisation and innovation across the organisation.

For Individuals

We are also keen to recognise non-management employees who strongly believe in and actively champion digital adoption in their own capacity, with a proven track record of doing so.

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Initiative(s) driven and implemented by the individual

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Obstacles and how they were overcome

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How it benefited the business, employees and other stakeholders

There will be three SME winners and one individual winner in each category.

In addition, the highest-scoring SME will be selected as the overall winner for the awards.

Award Structure Table


Winners of the
business level awards can stand to gain:

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Publicity on
Channel NewsAsia media platforms

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Three-year subscription to UOB BizSmart MobileOne package

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Hands on advisory and support from Finlab

Winners of the
individual level awards can stand to gain:

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Publicity on
Channel NewsAsia media platforms

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Exclusive access to by-invite-only seminars organised by UOB

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S$5,000 worth of vouchers at
established shopping venues


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United Overseas Bank

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: Aa1 by Moody’s and AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings respectively. In Asia, UOB operates through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as branches and representative offices across the region.

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Established in 2014, NTUC U SME is a Labour Movement initiative to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to tackle critical issues and challenges. By working with SME business leaders and human resources practitioners, U SME strives to meet the objectives of making:

  • Every SME workplace a better SME workplace
  • Every SME job a better job
  • Every SME worker a better worker

Through NTUC's network of affiliated unions and associations as well as partners for a range of services and resources via the NTUC-led U SME, SMEs can now achieve the following:

  • Workplace Protection for the interests of SME employees
  • Progression opportunities for SME employees to develop future-ready skill sets
  • Placement programmes to nurture and to reach out to new talent
  • Privileges to offer competitive staff welfare benefits​

SME business leaders with U SME can also tap into opportunities for business growth:

To date, U SME has inked more than 160 memoranda of understanding with ​29 associations, encompassing 16,263 SME partners across various sectors. Moving forward, U SME will continue its cause to help SMEs value add their businesses and take better care of SME employees.

Official media partner

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Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by Mediacorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to “Understand Asia”, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C., London and Brussels. The channel is complemented by an online presence at, and social media services like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Channel NewsAsia is now viewed in 28 territories across Asia with its satellite footprint stretching across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.

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