Suara.com – The Entrepreneurship Competition Grant Program (HoKi) organized by PT Pegadaian and the Association of Indonesian Economic Scholars (ISEI) Jakarta has finally reached its final point.
This was marked by the holding of the HoKi Season 2 Graduation Day peak event which was held at the Kenari Pawnshop building, Jakarta, Tuesday (23/5/2023).
Carrying the theme #CreatingPeluang “Student Business, Ready to Go Global”, Season 2 Entrepreneurship Competition Grant (HoKi) gave birth to 10 winning teams from 144 participating teams from 35 Universities in DKI Jakarta. The winning team included 2 teams from Tarumanagara University, 2 teams from Kalbis Institute, 2 teams from BRI Institute, 1 team from Pancasila University, 1 team from UPN Veteran Jakarta, 1 team from Trilogy University, and 1 team from Pertamina University.
Not only receiving grants, all participating teams also received assistance and business incubation which was carried out from 4 February to 15 April 2023 by involving experts and practitioners in the field of MSMEs to get upgrades on soft skills and hard skills for business development.
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The main director of PT Pegadaian, Damar Latri Setiawan said that students are candidates for the next generation in the future. Therefore, their interests and talents in the business world today are important assets for the future.
“The HoKi program encourages students and the younger generation to have the courage to actualize ideas, creations or innovations in a business. This initiative accelerates the growth of entrepreneurship in Indonesia, where this is in line with the Government’s current efforts to encourage an increase in the entrepreneurship ratio to 3.95% in 2024,” added Damar.
Loto Srinaita Ginting, Expert Staff of the Minister of BUMN for Finance and MSME Development, Head of ISEI Jakarta Inarno Djajadi, Board of Directors of PT Pegadaian, Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor and other invited guests were also present at the event.
Loto expressed his appreciation to PT Pegadaian for organizing HoKi and said that programs of this kind needed to be continuously developed by various stakeholders, because they could encourage an additional number of new entrepreneurs in Indonesia which would also support the birth of Indonesia Gold in 2045.
He said that in 2045, 70% of Indonesia’s population will be of productive age (15-64 years). If this demographic bonus is not utilized properly, it will bring negative impacts, especially social problems such as poverty, low health, unemployment, and high crime rates.
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“Therefore, by creating superior human resources who have an entrepreneurial spirit, it will minimize the potential for social problems, because more entrepreneurs will encourage economic growth and open up wider job opportunities,” said Loto.
The Graduation Day event was also an event for the teams that had passed the HoKi season 2 program to showcase their products through the showcase area which was enlivened by a music performance from the band D’Masiv which added to the liveliness and enthusiasm of the event.
Source: Suara.com – Berita Terbaru Bisnis, Ekonomi, Investasi Indonesia by www.suara.com.
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