JAKARTA, NNC - The Ministry of Industry actively encourages the growth of domestic digital startups. This effort is to invite Indonesia's young generation to keep abreast of technological developments in the fourth industrial revolution era in order to spur national economic growth.
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto said his side was partnering with a well-known startup company PT Amazon Web Service Indonesia in holding a Cloud Computing Workshop at the Ministry of Industry on Thursday. "With our choosing of startup that can be 'commercialized', this will make the participants become enthusiastic," he said.
Cloud Computing Workshop is the initial activity of a series of Making Indonesia 4.0 Startup agendas launched by the Ministry of Industry. A total of 100 participants attended the workshop which lasted for two days on September 6-7, 2018.
In addition, the Ministry of Industry also holds a technology innovation competition that is held until November 2018 which will spur the competitiveness amid the national small and medium-sized industries (SMIs).
"This program also aims to build an innovation ecosystem, so that it is in line with the Making Indonesia 4.0 roadmap. We believe that the millennial generation of Indonesia has a lot of potential in the field of startup," he said.
The Ministry of Industry is still opening registration for local startups who want to take part in the Making Indonesia 4.0 Startup competition until November 20, 2018. Interested parties can access the website www.i4startup.id for registration and information.
This competition will pick five best participants who will get prizes amounting to IDR50 million each at the Startup Festival 4.0 event which will be held in December 2018 at the same time with implementation of exhibitions, business meetings and awards.
Coinciding with the Making Indonesia 4.0 Startup competition launching, the Directorate General of SMIs of the Ministry of Industry signed a cooperation agreement with PT Karya Anak Bangsa (GoJek), PT Raksasa Laju Lintang (Ralali.com), and PT Dusdusan Dotcom (Dusdusan.com).
"This collaboration is carried out to strengthen the e-Smart SMI program that we started in 2017, in addition to expanding access to the SMI market through e-commerce," he explained. Until now, the e-Smart SMI program has been followed by more than 4,000 SMIs.