Jakarta, 28 May 2019 – Students from three schools (high school and vocational schools) in Jakarta introduce their eco-friendly micro businesses products in Student Company Launching event, organized by PT AIG Insurance Indonesia (AIG Indonesia) and Prestasi Junior Indonesia (PJI) at SMKN 38 Jakarta, on Tuesday (28/5). This activity is part of the JA Student Company program that initiated to encourage business potential of Indonesia’s young generation and prepare them to achieve success through entrepreneurship. The three schools are SMAN 35 Jakarta, SMKN 27 Jakarta, and SMKN 38 Jakarta.
Director of AIG Indonesia, Gevi Achdiat said, "This year marks the second year of partnership between AIG Indonesia and PJI for the JA Student Company program. We are very proud to see the progress of entrepreneurial capabilities building, innovation and creative business ideas from the students. One thing that really stands out is their concern for the environment and surrounding communities. This is the main provision in facing the future and building a sustainable business. "
One of the key element and support system extended to ensure the students are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills are through professional coaching delivered by AIG Indonesia managers and employees. The team from AIG Indonesia have dedicated their time and energy to participate in AIG volunteering activities and invested for more than 150 work hours in April,. They helped students to understand more about building a business and organizing a team," added Gevi Achdiat.
Through this entrepreneurship program, students are trained to become real entrepreneurs by running a micro-entreprise out of their own school. They are to generate product idea, plan business strategies, launch the company, promote and sell product, track and monitor how income generated, expense incurred, make profit and deal with simple public offering for the company shares. For eight months period , the students receive intensive business mentoring and coaching from both PJI team and AIG Indonesia volunteers
Co-Founder and Academic Advisor Prestasi Junior Indonesia, Robert Gardiner said, "PJI is very pleased to continue the collaboration with AIG Indonesia in the second year of partnership. We have been promoting entrepreneurial initiatives, building relevant competencies to educate Indonesia's young generation that entrepreneurship can be one of their career choice, create and open employment opportunities for others by developing a sustainable livelihood in the future.
Business professionals from AIG Indonesia have been actively volunteering themselves, providing positive vibes and impacts through coaching and mentoring includes recommendations for business strategies which was developed by these 72 students. Moreover, the involvement of volunteers also are meant to inspire the students to have courage, be more confident and competitive too”
Having concern and aspiration to have a healthier environment, the students have identified and seized the opportunities and trends in society, the three schools form student companies select and promote eco-friendly products, they are :
1. SMAN 35 Jakarta launch SPACE Student Company that produce ‘Plastage’, bio-plastic food wrap made from seaweed. A healthy food packaging for humans and easily biodegradable in the environment.
2. SMKN 27 Jakarta launch ALTA Student Company that produce ‘Eco Leather Fashion Products’. Ths Student Company designs, produces and promotes bag, footwear and accessories created form recycled cassava peel. This innovation is initiated to reduce the use of synthetic leather in fashion products.
3. SMKN 38 Jakarta launch SMINKA Student Company produces ‘Libbro’, lip tint made from beets. This cosmetic product can be used as a moisturizer and vitamin for the lips. It is free of chemicals and have natural color thus it is safe and suitable for students.
One of the students of SMKN 38 Jakarta, Shakila Saka expresses her enthusiasm and passion joining the Student Company program. "I get a lot of business insights during he mentoring and coaching, which are all very useful for me and my friends in running our student company. Having this product idea, we would like to make our consumers to be more aware of the importance of protecting their own health, and also the environment. This is a valuable opportunity and I feel so much motivated to make difference for a better future”as she said after presenting the business plan at the Student Company Launching event.