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Andy Ong Siew Kwee (born 6 August 1970) is a Singaporean entrepreneur, author and property investor. He was a self-made millionaire by the age of 26 making him one of the youngest such in Singapore. Ong oversees businesses in education, training, print media and property investments which post an annual turnover of S$100 million.

Ong founded the Entrepreneur's Resource Centre (ERC) Holdings. In Ong's term as founder and CEO of ERC thus far, he has established ERC Institute, BIGWork, BIGFund and BIGFitness.

Early life and education

Ong was educated at Raffles Institution, St Andrew's Junior College and the National University of Singapore. From the age of 15 – 24, he worked as a helper at a kitchen in Holland village restaurant where he chopped vegetables from 6pm – 11pm daily after school.


Asia Financial Planning Journal

Upon graduation from university, Ong worked as a managing editor at a publishing firm until he was retrenched in the 1997 financial crisis. Following this, he founded the financial journal Asia Financial Planning Journal, which broke even within 2 weeks. Ong sold the business in 2003 to focus on developing ERC.

Entrepreneur's Resource Centre

In 2001, Ong founded incubator and business consultancy, Entrepreneur's Resource Centre (ERC). ERC was to be a hub to train, fund and mentor entrepreneurs in Singapore. ERC was awarded a grant by Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) under the SEEDS programme to incubate firms.

Entrepreneur's Resource Centre Institute (ERCi)

In 2003, Ong led ERC Holdings to expand into education, establishing ERC Institute, a private education institute. Students can enroll in courses to attain certification from its university partners, such as University of Greenwich, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Wolverhampton. Ong personally mentors students with viable business plans at ERCI.


In 2016, Ong, as CEO of ERC, designed BIGWork with Yen Ong, founder of the co-working space. It is the first Southeast Asian co-working space to offer a multi-city pass across cities in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Singapore. BIGWork offers entrepreneurs a co-working space and community at lower costs.


In 2016, Ong launched BIGFund, an accelerator programme aimed at helping start-ups commercialise business ideas across Southeast Asia. BIGFund serves as an extension to ERCI students to gain access to the fundamental resources for market penetration.

Board Advisory Roles

In 2006, Ong who sat on the board of 15 private and public-listed companies, is a certified financial planner and was the founding president of the Financial Planning Association of Singapore. ERC now has a presence in various countries such as Singapore, Thailand and China and an ERC Institute campus in Vietnam.


He once assisted an ailing quick service food company that was on the verge of closing down because of cash flow problems due to over-expansion. It was at this time that Ong entered as a consultant and purchased a stake in the company and reformatted the food chain's entire marketing plan. In just 3 weeks, with an adjustment in awareness campaigns and budget, they made a profit.

Ong began his property investments with the purchase of two shophouses at Circular Road and [[Telok Ayer]]. He owns and rents a total of three properties including the Prime Centre at Middle Road which was initially appraised at $103 million by realtors Knight Frank.


Ong is the author or co-author of several books in Singapore and Malaysia which include:

  • A Singapore Guide to Personal Financial Planning, 1999, ISBN: 981-04-1263-0
  • Unit Trust in Singapore, 2000, ISBN: 981-04-2689-5
  • Financial Sutra for Malaysians, ISBN: 981-04-7756-2
  • Investing in Unit Trusts, 1997, ISBN: 981-00-9923-1
  • Planning for Your Financial Life, 2002, ISBN: 981-04-0680-0
  • Personal Financial Planning in Malaysia, ISBN: 983-40670-0-3
  • Directory of Personal Investment 1998, ISBN: 981-00-9613-5
  • Maniac!, 2004, ISBN: 981-05-2370-X

Ong was the Lead Author and Editor-in-Chief of Singapore's first financial planning textbook, a project titled A Singapore Guide to Personal Financial Planning (1999, ISBN: 981-04-1263-0), which was published by Financial Perspectives and co-published by RMIT University. This project involved academics and practitioners of finance in Singapore.

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