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Research and Technology Ministry and INOTEK to incubate 1,000 technopreneurs

Alya Nurbaiti

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 30, 2020  /  03:49 pm
Research and Technology Ministry and INOTEK to incubate 1,000 technopreneurs

Research and Technology Minister/National Research and Innovation Agency head Bambang Brodjonegorohas signed a cooperation agreement with business incubator INOTEK Foundation to run the One Thousand Technopreneurs One Million Jobs (STSP) program. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro has signed a cooperation agreement with business incubator INOTEK Foundation to run the One Thousand Technopreneurs One Million Jobs (STSP) program.

The program aims to create a network of technopreneurs in the country’s 34 provinces and support the development of technology start-ups and small and growing businesses (SGBs) through assistance and training as well as create job opportunities.

“The program will focus on the development of grassroot technopreneurs, so that micro businesses in major sectors, such as food and consumption, can thrive,” INOTEK Foundation founder Sandiaga Uno said during the signing event on Monday.

Moreover, Bambang said that, in the early phase of business initiation, technopreneurs needed assistance from the right ecosystem on technology and management aspects to leverage the competitiveness of their products and businesses.

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"Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) need three basic things, namely access to finance, management skills and market access," he said.

Meanwhile, the chairman of INOTEK Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Ilham A. Habibie, added that the foundation had a concern for gender equality and was therefore creating the Women Technopreneur Indonesia initiative under the STSP program.

“Our target is that 30 percent of the STSP program achievement for three years must be on the empowerment of female entrepreneurs. That’s why we create a subprogram dubbed Women Technopreneur Indonesia, which will start from the beginning of the program’s implementation,” Ilham said.

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