In 1989, Malaysia-born entrepreneur, Olivia Lum had quitted her promising career at Glaxo Pharmaceutical and founded Hydrochem (S) Pte Ltd with a start-up capital of S$ 20,000. In her early days, Olivia has knocked on doors of countless factories across Malaysia and Singapore to sell water treatment products. Olivia wanted to give up. But fortunately, she did not.

In 1992, Olivia has obtained the exclusive rights to distribute membranes & membrane filtration plants to industrial customers. It was the spark which fuelled the growth of Olivia’s business. Nine years later, in 2001, Olivia had listed Hyflux Ltd on the second board of the SGX. In 2003, Hyflux Ltd was promoted to the Mainboard of the SGX.

Subsequently, Hyflux Ltd grew rapidly and became an international success. In 2011, Olivia became the first Singaporean and the first woman to win the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. Definitely, it …