Startups tighten economic ties between Indonesia & Australia

Taking Business to the next level – A Course for technology enabled start-up leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators #techscaleupID awardees had a front row seat to inspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and business partners across Australia.

The following examples are from #techscaleupid group in 2016.  There’s David Grice, the Managing Director of Musictec – a company dedicated to building music and tech collaborations to create innovative business opportunities worldwide. Connecting with Kuassa, a Badung-based start-up provides special effects music plugins for DJs and musicians.

Another Indonesian start-up, PayAccess, a mobile engagement and payment app for events, soccer and social clubs is also making waves. After CEO Rorian was connected with Andrew from Critik, the start-up will implement customer feedback add-ons for their mobile apps.

Some of the other featured awardee start-ups include Rupa Rupa, IGrow, Temoo, Indves, Makara Project, and Trukita across a wide range of industries, from agricultural to banking. IGrow, for example, is a marketplace app that helps unemployed farmers, under-utilised land, and investors to produce high-quality organic food and sustainable incomes all achieved with cloud-based agricultural management software.

The company benefits all stakeholders in the process: the farmer, the investor, and the consumer. Farmers become employed, communities benefit from increased food production, and buyers enjoy local food – all while investors benefit from revenue sharing, up to 24%.

#techscaleupID awardees learn about a broad range of topics including how to pitch, accessing government funding, building confidence, and big data.  Scott Perry led a hands-on session, coaching awardees on the do’s and don’ts of pitching, like the right language to use.  Greg Eaton gave insight on private-government related projects and shared the importance of researching official individuals.

In the 2017 group, Harland and Fian collaborated on a project that sees a new online platform development for mum entrepreneurs with training and workbooks also translated into English.  The platform is easy and simple for mums to use enabling those with limited digital skills and capability to do business online.  Fian is the first mum entrepreneur utilising the site and they both are collaborating with Kakadu Tiny Tots from Australia.  This has also led to a change in business name, updated website and marketing campaign about to be launched – “breastfeeding is normal”.

Debora and Rahmania are tackling the issue of engaging children in fun activities and positive games by designing an integrated craft activity/kit and a positive game for children with the first theme being the solar system.

Korniawan made connections with an Australian based digital agency leading to sales outside Indonesia, and in other countries, since the in-Australia program.

Igna has developed a strategic plan to explore international opportunities with his Batik marketplace and is working with Australian indigenous clothing suppliers such as Kylie from Kakadu Tiny Tots.

Yanto Togi was very active in seeking individual meetings whilst in Australia as he represents Indonesia’s state owned enterprises.  Whilst in Adelaide, Yanto Togi met with Les Shearn from the Defence Teaming Centre who in turn was in Jakarta the following week with delegation members from South Australia.  Yanto Togi set up numerous discussions face to face with online communication follow up with Les as well as his colleagues including Dirgantara Indonesia and a partnership is being developed for the supply of aerospace parts and for naval shipbuilding.

Relationships were further integrated when #techscaleupid participants were invited as guests to dinner with Hon, Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, and a delegation led by the Minister and Department of State Development, South Australia to Indonesia.

At a recent forum in Jakarta (May 2017), following the #techscaleupid second group Bapak Dr. Ing. Ilham Akbar Habibie spoke about how to support startups in Indonesia. Microsoft, Indosat Care, Line Indonesia and BerkaryaID also shared their insights.

Lydia Trotter, First Secretary Advocacy & Outreach of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, discussed collaboration between the two countries – while Commercial Diplomat, Michael Helleman, and Austrade Jakarta supported this.

Last month, the Australia Indonesia Youth Leaders Seminar (#ozindoyouth, #aussiebanget) was held at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. The event facilitated brainstorming workshops to develop youth ties.  It was an important space for local entrepreneurs and Australian ministry representatives to connect with a panel session and evening network event to top off the forum.

For more information about startup and entrepreneurial programs facilitated in Australia and overseas, please contact Wendy Perry through

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