Millionaire entrepreneur's $250k gift of gratitude to SMU

Mr Alvin Poh, 35, became a millionaire when he sold off Vodien Internet Solutions, which he co-founded, for $30 million. He donated $250,000 to SMU to start a scholarship for needy undergraduates. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALVIN POH
Mr Alvin Poh, 35, became a millionaire when he sold off Vodien Internet Solutions, which he co-founded, for $30 million. He donated $250,000 to SMU to start a scholarship for needy undergraduates. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALVIN POH

At the age of 33, Mr Alvin Poh became a millionaire many times over when he and his business partner sold their Web hosting company, Vodien Internet Solutions, for $30 million to an Australian technology firm. Mr Poh walked away with an eight-figure sum from the sale of the company he co-founded when he was 17.

He gave $250,000 to Singapore Management University (SMU), his alma mater, to start the Alvin Poh Endowed Scholarship, giving financial aid to needy undergraduates.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Millionaire entrepreneur's $250k gift of gratitude to SMU'. Print Edition | Subscribe