[Press Release] Indonesia Startup Insight 2020 to be Held Online for the First Time, Featuring a Lineup of Prominent Speakers

17 November 2020, Singapore – To be held online as a virtual conference for the first time, Indonesia Startup Insight (ISI) 2020 will take place from 25th to 28th November 2020, bringing together movers and shakers in the Indonesian business and startup scene together to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine how the future of business and technology will look like.

Organised by Business Indonesia Singapore Association (BISA) with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, this year’s event will see participation from over 100 companies and organisations, including ATM Capital, Bank of Singapore, Indogen Capital, Investor Ready, UMG Myanmar, Social Collider, and KADIN Indonesia Singapore Committee, as well as sponsors Ducatus, ID Integrated, Perspectives Design, ENCE Marketing Group and Rock Paper Scissors among many others.

Stephanus Titus Widjaja, Founder and Director of BISA, said, “Since its inception in 2015, ISI has grown into a leading platform for start-ups and businesses to come together to explore ideas and best practices that have the potential to help advance growth and opportunities as a whole. Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is a challenging yet fascinating time for businesses in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and we are expecting more native Indonesians and Indonesia Diaspora to take part this year.”

Delving into the theme of “Reshaping Our Future”, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities to reshape the future in the post-COVID-19 environment, the keynote sessions will provide delegates a comprehensive insight on generating and disseminating actionable knowledge for startups and businesses in Indonesia and beyond.

An esteemed panel of speakers from diverse industry and background, including business, fintech and the government, will be speaking at the keynote session, including Ngurah Swajaya, Director General for America and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Ir. Hari Santosa Sungkari, M.H., Deputy Chairman, Infrastructure and Destination Development, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Rwanda to Indonesia, Antonius Tanan, Independent Commissioner, Ciputra Development and Metrodata Electronics, Terence Seow, Managing Director of Bank of Singapore, as well as Oddie Randa, Country Director of Gushcloud Indonesia.

Topics that will be covered include sustainability, fintech, artificial intelligence, gender equality and inclusivity, helping businesses understand the myriad opportunities that presents itself in a rapidly-changing landscape that is getting increasingly digitalised.

“The rapid change in technology and business landscape, driven by the onset of the ongoing pandemic, has given rise to new opportunities that has never seen before. Against this background, the keynote speakers we invited this year are all leaders and trendsetters within their respective industries. We believe that their insights and sharing on new industry and technological trends will inspire and empower businesses to do more in embracing innovation for the new generation,” added Stephanus.

Refer to Annex A for the list of Keynote Speakers

In addition to the keynote session, ISI will also play host to the annual Startup Pitch Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition for start-ups based in Indonesia or established by a Indonesian diaspora.

The Challenge provides budding start-ups a platform to present their business plans, analyses and strategies to a panel of expert judges who are industry influencers and entrepreneurs from various industries including commodities, fintech and creative sectors. It also allows fellow entrepreneurs to gain first-hand insights into the innovative approaches Indonesian start-ups adopt in pivoting their businesses further.

Leading to the event, each start-up will be guided by a mentor who will provide counsel and advice on their proposals in preparation for the competition. Entries will follow a rigorous judging process, based on the originality, creativity and scalability of their proposals, with the champion to be presented a free ticket to the Alibaba Entrepreneurship Fund Jumpstarter 2021 Global Pitch Competition.

Refer to Annex B for a list of judges.

Tickets to the ISI are on sale from USD10. Full access passes to the event are also available. Detailed event programme and information, speaker profiles and tickets are available online at id.startupinsight.asia.

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