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Innovation Room gives young talent free place to work, grow

  • Riza Roidila Mufti
    Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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JAKARTA   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  04:32 pm
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Illustration of young workers in a startup company. The Manpower Ministry has since last year opened a start-up development and talent hub at its office building in Jakarta. (Shutterstock.com/Cookie Studio)

A year ago, the Manpower Ministry turned a parking lot in one of its offices in  South Jakarta into a start-up development and talent hub, later called the Innovation Room. Ever since, the 300-square-meter co-working space complete with cozy colorful sofas, a meeting room, a lobby and of course 24-hour internet connection has always been packed with loyal young visitors. One of these is Crisman Wise Silaban, 27, who appeared to be busy on his laptop on Aug. 13 in the Innovation Room. Not far from him, a group of people were taking part in a workshop held in the middle of the open space area, learning about branding. “This is not only a workplace for me but a place to develop ourselves and our business,” said Crisman, the CEO of Transfree, a startup involved in money transfer and remittance, and who is among the young people who benefit from the Innovation Room. ...