Technopreneurs and entrepreneurs are an effective way in promoting the Indonesian economy.


Meet great people from all over the world in this century.

I submitted this paper in the ABAC Indonesian competition. Hopefully I can get into the top five. If I could, then I will be one step closer to my dream is to be a world-class CEO. Unimaginable I’ll meet great people from all over the world in this century. Thank you to anyone who has organized this writing competition. Thereby allowing us later to become directly involved in the APEC CEO Summit 2013. Then, wish me luck! And I will fly to Bali this October 🙂

APEC CEO Summit 2013 in Indonesia

Twenty-six days since this article was written, Indonesia as one of the members of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) was honored to host the big event this year, APEC CEO Summit 2013, which will be held in Bali, Indonesia. APEC theme that carried Indonesia is “Resilient Asia Pacific, Engines of Global Growth”. Theme in order is to meet the challenges of the world situation being under the influence of the world financial and economic crisis. Moreover, the theme is also to support the interests of Indonesia to discuss some of the important things, namely: Attaining the Bogor Goals (realizing the Bogor Goals), sustainable growth with Equity (achieving sustainable and equitable growth), and Promoting connectivity (strengthening connectivity).

Speaking about this year’s APEC CEO Summit, Indonesia demanded not only can save the global economy, but also to demonstrate the role of Indonesia as a member of the ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) are reliable. But this time I’m not going to talk much about the agenda of the APEC CEO Summit this year. I will discuss the role of youth-related momentum convening of the APEC CEO Summit 2013 in Bali.

Indonesia with a rich country but has people who suffer from poverty and ignorance. Undoubtedly, God-given wealth of nature in its beauty stretches from Sabang to Marauke. Indonesian somehow became a slave in her own home. The number of poor people in Indonesia in March of 2013, there were 28.07 million people. In the World Economic Forum in 2013 put Indonesia on the order of 38 among the Asia Pacific countries, far behind Singapore, perched at position 2. What makes the country an area of ​​710.2 km2 with almost no supply of natural resources can have a great economic power. We must not remain silent. We require accelerated structural transformation to take most of the population out of poverty. All of that cannot be separated from the responsibility of everyone, including the youth.

The youths must realize a number of fundamental problems faced by the nation and the state. Problems are included poverty, ignorance and backwardness that still exist in some of our communities. The youth should not only good at criticizing the state, but also have to be smart and look for an appropriate alternative most likely be implemented. The youth are agents of change this country.

According to leading economists, businessmen needed at least as much as 2% of the total population of a country to grow the economy of a country well. Currently, the number of successful entrepreneurs who can to move Indonesian economy reached 1.56% of the total population of 240 million, as many as 3.74 million. This means, stay a few percent longer to achieve developed country. For that let us build together entrepreneurship spirit as early as possible.

In the midst of the global economic crisis whose effects we still feel today. As well as inflation recently, which make economic concerns around the world. Western countries will need to start saving more, and developing countries should transition to growth driven by domestic demand rather than exports. This reflects the perception that there is no safe place anywhere in the global economy today, as we increasingly come to terms with the level of interdependence among countries in the world. On a more positive note, the realization of interdependence can spur determination to work together.

Indonesian society in order to change the paradigm of entrepreneurship would certainly not easy. But I’m sure, together we can. One is with Indonesia’s participation in the APEC CEO Summit 2013. Indonesia tries ABAC about providing a new space for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through the APEC CEO Summit 2013.

Four main pillars to promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that accelerates the growth of budding entrepreneurs (start-up), among others, to create a Start-Up Centre, strengthening access to finance is not limited to banks only; propose a more equitable use of technology, among others, to accelerate the credit approval and improve supply chain management, and encourage women to be more active role and contribute to the economy.

I strongly believe that one effective way to improve the economy of the nation in order to compete with countries other Asia Pacific is to develop SMEs to all Indonesian people. So, what is my role as a youth in Indonesia? Do not worry! Let us together with the other eighty million youth throughout Indonesia to work together in advancing the country.

Youth as the main character in technopreneurship.

Youth’s ability to innovate will be less than perfect if not packed with business skills based on an understanding of the identification of community needs. Able to touch the bottom layer of the society so as to create the concept technopreneurship will be the solution in economic development. Therefore, the youth as the main actor has absolute technopreneurship capital such as courage, knowledge, ingenuity and perseverance, skill and experience in entrepreneurship education curriculum systematically.

But the most fundamental thing that is changing the perspective or mindset of youth into technopreneurship mindset is the worldview to be a provider of employment by utilizing the resources of science and technology.

Then after that, then the next step is to explore innovation power possessed by the youth. There are 10 types of innovation that can be developed for technopreneurship everything is business model (Business Model), networking (Networking), the core (Core Process) process to finished goods (Enabling Process), the performance of the product (Product Performance), system product (Product System), service (service), media (Channel), and customer service (customer service).

Armed with 10 types of innovation are then compiled the roadmap was to be possessed by a successful technopreneurs which stems from technological innovations later owned technology incubation process (technology) and engineering technology.

So, in addition to having a great entrepreneur culture through SMEs, Indonesia also has a talented young teknopreneur. So the momentum of the APEC CEO Summit 2013 is not a vain thing. Hopefully, in this moment, Indonesia can advance not only the nation’s economy, but also the world economy, aamiin.



Surabaya, September 8, 2013.

Muhammad Ilham Azlan Syah

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) Surabaya







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