#startuplokal: Indonesian Local Startup Community
#startuplokal, as they stated, is a community that gathers startups, digital/tech world enthusiasts, investors and media to meet and find a chance to collaborate. The community was initiated in April 2010 by four initiators: Aulia Halimatussadiah (the owner of online bookstore, kutukutubuku.com), Natali Ardianto (co-founder of urbanesia.com, Jakarta's lifestyle online directory), Nuniek Tirta (Natali Ardianto's wife and also the owner of HamilCantik.com, online boutique for maternity clothes) and Sanny Gaddafi (CTO of social network for fitness and sport enthusiasts, SixReps).
#startuplokal might still be a newbie (or in this case, “a startup”), but this community is without a doubt growing. The growth can be proven by the number of participants in monthly meetings, from only 33 at the first meeting in May 2010 to 150 in August 2010, and it is still growing.
So what are the characteristics of the startups according to #startuplokal?
From those characteristics, we got more than 100 local sites registered at #startuplokal, from aggregators, news, forums, social networks, services, portals, directories, to e-commerce sites (you can take a look on the list of the sites here). I am honestly surprised to see many interesting local sites in Indonesia; it basically shows how online markets in Indonesia are growing.
#startuplokal Meetings and Activities
#startuplokal organizes a #startuplokal Meetup every month, where the community gathers and shares ideas and knowledge about improving their businesses. Each month they have different topics, from communication to acquisition. Guest speakers from big local sites and companies such as Kaskus, Tokopedia and Kompas were invited to give lectures about the topics.
Besides #startuplokal Meetup, the community has also Yahoo! Groups where they could have a discussion in the closed forum. People can join the discussion on Twitter using hashtag #startuplokal.
Recently, the initiators of #startuplokal had a visit to some companies in Ireland, courtesy of Enterprise Ireland. There, they met some Irish companies like Movidius and NewBay, which are interested in expanding their markets and cooperating with local startups in Indonesia. I am quite surprised, because Indonesian online markets are booming and even Irish companies are interested!
#startuplokal's Missions and Visions
#startuplokal mission is to build a solid startup ecosystem and mutual supports in the community (source: DailySocial). With this mission, they have created plans to establish The Indonesian Startup Foundation and to build a hackerspace (an open community lab, incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where people can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things. Source: Wikipedia) in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. These plans can hopefully be implemented in 2020.
Meanwhile, #startuplokal had just celebrated their 1st anniversary on April 9th, so congratulations #startuplokal! Hopefully this community will develop and keep helping Indonesian startups.
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