Supporting social entrepreneurship throughout Indonesia

June 19, 2018

The seeds of social entrepreneurship in Indonesia have been growing quickly, but are still predominantly found amongst the middle classes in urban areas. Social entrepreneurship opportunities rarely reach the lower middle class or those living outside large cities. “Idea Jam” is Hivos’ way to offer “idea incubation” to everyone, using a tailored program that gives new small enterprises the basic tools of social enterprise development and opportunities to develop their business ideas.

Our Idea Jam program implemented with Code Margonda ran from 23 February to 12 May 2018. It offered up-and-coming social entrepreneurs in Indonesia the opportunity to make social impact through their innovative ideas. Twenty-two participants (out of around 80 applicants) were given the tools to develop their ideas into implementable business strategies in the fields of sustainable food and renewable energy. Consisting of a mix of intensive workshops and mentoring sessions, Idea Jam helped them turn their raw ideas into businesses.

Idea Jam’s participants were made up of 11 sustainable food and nine renewable energy social entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from hydroponic integrated farming systems to organic smoothies and an online platform for renewable energy projects. Participants tested their products, learned the basics of business development and expanded their networks by working with each other and our invited mentors.

On 11 and 12 May 2018, Idea Jam participants presented their final pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. The judges were representatives from renewable energy companies, food activist organizations, and Hivos and Code Margonda, who have all monitored the participants’ progress throughout the program.

Seven finalists were chosen: five sustainable food teams and two renewable energy teams:

  1. DIOKRA: An alternative medicine and dietary supplement for diabetics that uses okra extracts in the form of a powder that can be added to food and beverages.
  2. RIMBUN: A service that designs and builds vegetable gardens in limited spaces and offers educational services to promote healthy eating.
  3. KEBUN KUMARA: An organization and social enterprise that shares knowledge on urban farming, vegetable garden design and household waste management.
  4. GIAJENG: A social enterprise that develops healthy organic smoothies for sufferers of autoimmune diseases using kale as a base product combined with different fruits.
  5. DNA: An integrated farming and green energy concept that combines renewable energy resources to bring energy to regions that do not have reliable power, and an integrated farming system that reduces waste water and provides food within a community.
  6. ERENESIA: Empowering Renewable Energy in Indonesia (ERENESIA) is a platform for renewable energy information and initiatives.
  7. WANGNGARA: A social enterprise that aims to generate solar energy in West Sumba, Loli, Wanokaka (Lamboya) involving stakeholders from the private sector, local community and government to develop an independent energy village.

The final pitching event on May 24 resulted in four winners who received the titles of Most Viable Business (GIAJENG – Anggi Pravita Sea Sari), Most Innovative (DIOKRA – Mela Melani), Greatest Social Impact (WANGNGARA – Monicha Lelly Awang) and Most Improved (RIMBUN – Amarizni Mosyaftiani). Each one will receive a grant of IDR 10,000,000 to continue developing their business and will be invited to join a business incubation program offered by our partners.