Shinta Widjaja Kamdani Awarded “Women Entrepreneur of the Year” 2014
Jakarta, 15 August 2014
For the sixth time, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) bestows outstanding awards to numerous Indonesia business leaders. These awards are a form of appreciation and recognition to these leaders in promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Indonesia
This year, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO of Sintesa Group receives the prestigious Special Achievement Award as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. After tedious selection process which involves qualitative and quantitative assessment, the APEA panel agreed that Shinta is the perfect individual for this Award.
Shinta hopes that similar Award can also be given to Small and Medium Enterprise entrepreneurs because to further promote its development in Indonesia while at the same time improving economic growth.
“I really appreciate this Award, but I also hope that similar Award can be given to Small and Medium Enterprise entrepreneurs to increase their entrepreneurial spirit and to further promote its development in Indonesia. Today, entrepreneurs in Indonesia only consists of 1.56 % from the total population where the minimum percentage should be 2%. This percentage is still below the numbers of entrepreneurs in Malaysia and Singapore with 5% and 7% consecutively,” explained Shinta.
Shinta also adds that year 2015 which marks the new era of ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is just around the corner. Entrepreneurs in Indonesia, especially SMEs entrepreneurs, must be able to increase their competitiveness. “AFTA is just around the corner away, therefore Indonesia business people must increase their competitiveness, especially the SMEs entrepreneurs. They must not be stagnant and complacent, or they will pay the price,” added Shinta. Indonesia SMEs entrepreneurs must be able to cope with this challenge because in their hands rest also the economic growth of Indonesia.
For that reason, Shinta encourages established business people to give mentor and to facilitate SMEs entrepreneurs to increase their competitiveness. Shinta herself with her initiative called ANGIN (Angel Investor Network Indonesia) has given supports to women entrepreneurs who would like to start a business. This initiative is a part of Global Entreprenenurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) where Shinta is also one of the Founders.
Specifically, Shinta gives more attention to women entrepreneurs since there are a lot of unexplored potentials due to a number of challenges: lack of business skill and knowledge, limited mentoring facility, lack of networking opportunities to share experiences, un-enabling social condition for women to do business and, probably the biggest challenge, lack of access to funding.
Through ANGIN, Shinta can give mentoring for the woman entrepreneurs starting from the preliminary stage to the business realization. After much efforts, today the ANGIN initiative has successfully supported numerous women entrepreneurs to start their business in catering, cosmetics, and snacks. For the long run, it is hoped that entrepreneurship can give independence and wider economic participation for Indonesian women.
In the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA) which held in JW Marriot Hotel on Friday night, 15 August 2014, besides Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, there are selected Indonesia business leaders who are also being honored, namely Director of PT. KAI (Indonesia Railway Company), Ignasius Jonan and CEO of PT. Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar who both received Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award is given by Enterprise Asia, a non-government organization in the Asia Pacific that supports the development of the business world and entrepreneurship. Previously, several prominent Indonesia business leaders and outstanding government officials such as Franky Oesman Widjaja (Chairman & CEO, PT. SMART, Tbk) awarded as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, Noni Sri Ayati Purnomo (Vice President, Blue Bird Group) awarded as Outstanding Entrepreneurship, and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla who received Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 as an acknowledgement to his great service and dedication to Indonesian Red Cross.
Photo Caption: (left – right) Prominent Indonesia Business Leaders who receives the honor at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, Friday night, 15 August 2014, JW Marriot Hotel, Jakarta.
Deputy Group Managing Director PT. Elabram Systems, Sunny Yaw
Dirut PT. Kereta Api Indonesia, Ignasius Jonan
CEO PT. Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk., Emirsyah Satar
CEO Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
CEO PT Bukit Asam (Persero) Tbk., Milawarma