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Introduction of 2021 Global Young Entrepreneur Star – Simon Yeh

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葉齊緯Simon Yeh

● Project Management
● Finance and Investment
● Mortgage and Lending
● Simon was an engineer prior to obtaining his diploma in Finance Mortgage Broking and Management (FMBM). He takes pride in his ability to solve problems. A background in Project Management and experience in property investing have proven to be extremely useful when it comes to working with complex scenarios and formulating deals that others may shy away from.

The vision of KindPlus (Kind+) is to nurture a philanthropic generation that is financially aware. We seek to revolutionise the way charities engage with their donors and reform the way ongoing donations are pledged. Kind+ leverages behavioural conditioning in rewarding users for successfully managing their budget through our budgeting tool. In exchange for the free budgeting service, Kind+ seeks to collect and donate spare change digitally.

The frictionless philanthropic behaviour is further strengthened by feedback and updates from charities directly to the users' device facilitated by the platform, providing the instant gratification that millennials are constantly craving for. In utilising the Kind+ platform, we believe that organic long-term relationships will develop directly between the donors and charities, reducing distractions from the external media.

At the age of 12, Simon emigrated to New Zealand with his family. Just like most Taiwanese children who first arrive overseas, he began a process of language adaptation and exploration in an unfamiliar environment. In order to quickly improve his language skills, his parents sent him to a small town called Raglan on the west coast of the North Island in New Zealand. He lived in the home of a local middle school teacher. During that period, at the age of 14, he not only made a great leap in his English ability, but also performed outstandingly in various subjects. He even completed his high school mathematics, calculus, and physics courses in advance.

When Simon was still in high school at the age of 16, he received a scholarship offer from the University of Waikato to study for a Bachelor of Computational Mathematical Science degree. However, in order to pursue his own interests, he resolutely gave up and moved to Brisbane, Australia. He entered the University of Queensland, majoring in aerospace mechanical engineering. It is a pity that the development of the Australian aerospace technology industry was yet to start so related career opportunities were limited. Considering the job market, after graduating, he worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a multinational company that many graduates rushed into, as a project manager, and was supported by the company to continue his studies. With a master's degree in project management, and outstanding work performance, he also worked in big companies on project estimation and risk management. Seeing the change in consumption habits and the rise of credit cards and electronic consumption behaviors, he officially started a business in 2016, invested his savings and co-founded Kind+, the first to combine consumer discounts through financial management. He hopes to create a financially conscious philanthropic generation, so that financial aware and charitable donations go hand in hand.

Simon is also the creator of the well-known social media "Han Yu Dictionary". The new interpretation of alternative and interesting text has caused a wave of imitation on the Internet. When asked if he is worried about being replaced, he said with a confident look, "Words can be imitated, but logical thinking and creativity cannot be copied."

In addition to developing his personal career, Simon also actively participates in overseas Taiwanese community activities. From 2017 to 2019, he was the president of the Australian Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Queensland (ATCCQ), giving a number of professional lectures on taxation, insurance, financial management, and medical care for Taiwanese community. Furthermore, he arranged for the Taiwanese Youth Folk Arts Troupe to perform in Brisbane, and led Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli and the president of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Phillip Bell to Taiwan to visit sister cities including Changhua and Hsinchu and to participate in the Smart City Exhibition.

Moreover, Simon organized the Youth Business Challenge Camp, encouraging young people to boldly innovate and start a business, to let mainstream Australian society see the power of young Taiwanese students. Moreover, in 2018, he held Taiwan Festival which attracted 10,000 people to visit. Since Australian politicians at all levels actively sponsored and participated in the event, it effectively promoted multicultural exchanges between Taiwan and Australia and improved Taiwan's visibility. In 2019, he was appointed as the Committee of the Overseas Community Affairs Council. He said that he will continue to help promote overseas Taiwanese affairs and use his abilities to give back to the overseas Taiwanese community.

Simon Yeh, OCAC "Global Young Entrepreneur Star of 2021".
Simon Yeh shares his story with overseas compatriots.