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Patrick Grove

Advance Awards Technology & Entrepreneurship Category Finalist

Patrick Grove is known as a guru technology entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Mr Grove was responsible for Malaysia’s first tech unicorn. He spent his early years in Singapore and Indonesia before moving to Sydney, where attended high school and went on to study at the University of Sydney. Mr Grove caught the entrepreneurial bug early, starting two companies whilst still at university, and moving back to Southeast Asia to build Catcha.com with a university colleague. Over the last thirteen years Mr Grove has founded and progressed five companies from start-up to IPO, selling one of those companies, iProperty Group to REA Group in one of the largest Internet exits in ASEAN history. Mr Grove was also Co-Founder and Chairman of Catcha Group’s iflix business, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand service, sold to Tencent for $50 million last year. In addition, Mr Grove is the Co-Founder and Director of iCar Asia, operating auto-sales portals in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. And Co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classified businesses in frontier markets.

Today, Mr Grove is passionate about leveraging Catcha’s entrepreneurial and capital markets expertise to help great tech entrepreneurs scale and take their companies from the private to public markets. He speaks generously about fear, failure, passion and being hungry for success so that other entrepreneurs will be encouraged to dream large. He has been independently and widely recognised by a number of international awards, including: Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum; New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum; Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore; and Asia’s Best Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Business.

“Working with amazing people to solve big problems gets me out of bed everyday!”