Following an impressive year of entries, David Yu has been awarded the title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 New Zealand.
Earlier this evening, at a highly anticipated awards ceremony, David Yu was revealed as the overall winner; and celebrated for not just his success in business, but also the meaningful ways VeVe is affecting the people it employs, the businesses it partners with, and the community it has created.
David Yu’s app, VeVe, has revolutionized the collectibles landscape by establishing a platform that allows users to collect and trade digital items.
The business started as a comic store on Auckland’s K-road in 2018 and in less than five years has grown to become the leading platform for mobile-based digital collections globally. Through VeVe, individuals can own and showcase their favourite characters, artworks, and memorabilia from popular franchises using NFT technology. VeVe has sold more than 8 million collectibles for brands like Disney, Marvel and DC Comics.
This win means David Yu will represent New Zealand in the global competition against winners from more than fifty other countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year. The winner of the international competition will be announced in 2024 in Monaco.
Competing for the award were: Jamie Beaton (Crimson Education), Young
Carmen Vicelich (Data Insight), Tech & Emerging Industries
Angus Brown (Ārepa Holdings Ltd), Product
Chris Warren (NZS Group), Services
David Yu (VeVe), Master
Cecilia Robinson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New Zealand 2023 Chair of Judges, commended Yu’s entrepreneurial spirit.
“David Yu is a true kiwi entrepreneur – he is a silent achiever that is both humble and grounded in his approach. He has been running businesses from the age of sixteen and has grown as an entrepreneur alongside his company, constantly adapting and refining his approach along the way. The courage it took for David to forge ahead with a business idea in a completely new industry is admirable, and to now be sitting as the leader in that sector is truly outstanding.
I hope his success story serves as inspiration for other kiwi entrepreneurs to take the leap and see their own innovations through.”