Jakarta, [Date] – After more than a year through the Covid-19 pandemic, social entrepreneurs have proven that their participation has played an important role not only in the business ecosystem, but also in maintaining the quality of life of the Indonesian people. They have helped the government and communities including those in marginalized areas in mobilizing resources, distributing supplies, ensuring home care services, even facilitating swab tests and supporting vaccination activities.
In order to support the business continuity of social entrepreneurs and improve the welfare of vulnerable communities or those in marginalized areas, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship working together with Instellar and IKEA Indonesia, launched a collaboration program called Instellar and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship Indonesia Accelerator (I-SEA). IKEA Social Entrepreneurship is a global initiative by IKEA, a Swedish home furnishings retail, that focuses on empowering social entrepreneurs from around the world. Together with Instellar Indonesia, a company that aims to provide impact-focused support and capacity building activities for and social entrepreneurs and businesses, I-SEA invites social entrepreneurs to join and take the opportunity to improve their ventures to achieve the vision and mission of building a business in an equal and inclusive society.
The Java-centric development and the entrepreneurial ecosystem gap outside Java has determined the direction of this program to focus on social entrepreneurs that target social and environmental impacts outside Java and/or social entrepreneurs who are currently operating in Java but have long-term plans to develop targeted affected areas outside Java. Through the I-SEA program, Instellar, IKEA Indonesia and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship hope to reduce the ecosystem gap between Java and areas outside Java and provide opportunities for social entrepreneurs to collectively develop Indonesia to its remote corners through impactful entrepreneurship.
“In line with IKEA’s vision, to create a better everyday life for many people, we are delighted to be collaborating with IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Instellar Indonesia on the Instellar and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship Indonesia Accelerator (I-SEA),” said President Director of PT Rumah Mebel Nusantara (IKEA Indonesia), Patrik Lindvall. “We believe this program will open up opportunities for local entrepreneurs to increase their business by strengthening their business development plans. By gaining access to professional guidance, through this program, we hope to create a business environment that is friendly to all levels of society and has a good impact on the community,” concluded Patrik.
Registration will be open from 22 October to 10 December 2021. I-SEA will select 10 teams of social entrepreneurs with the best profiles based outside Java or having beneficiaries outside Java to be included in this two-year program. Each team will have the opportunity to receive grant funds to help improve the quality of their business throughout the program.
The I-SEA program consists of several stages, starting with the recruitment stage which will last until the end of 2021. Furthermore, selected ventures will be in the Acceleration stage where participants are accompanied by individual consultants that conduct business needs assessments and facilitate social entrepreneurs with a number of workshops. The Acceleration Stage will end with a showcase event, where participants present the results they have produced during this stage. At the end of the program, participants will be in the Growth and Impact Hack stage, where each social entrepreneur will go through mentoring activities to receive further support, including network expansion that will connect them with various players in the ecosystem.
Further information about this program can be accessed through the official website at isea.instellar.id. Those who are interested to participate can also directly fill out the form and register their business. For other inquiries, our team can be reached via email at [email protected].
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