Thursday, 19 September 2019 | 11:32 WIB

BSD Innovation Labs Set to Operate in Early 2020

BSD Innovation Labs Set to Operate in Early 2020 (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Sinar Mas Land is collaborating with GK Plug and Play Indonesia and Digitaraya in developing BSD Innovation Labs to support the development of digital-based startup businesses in BSD City. BSD Innovation Labs will be the startup accelerator for the first Property Technology in Indonesia. This collaboration is formed as all parties believed in the future of smart city, proptech, and connected homes that would continue to develop in line with the increasing quality of life of urban communities.

The agreement was signed by Irawan Harahap from Sinar Mas Land, Aaron Nio from GK Plug and Play Indonesia, and Nicole Yap from Digitaraya and witnessed by Michael Widjaja (Sinar Mas Land Group CEO), Gibran Rakabuming, and Sebastian Trzcinski-Clément (Head of Developer Relations and Startup Ecosystems of Google in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East) on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. The signing of the collaboration was conducted at the location that will serve as BSD Innovation Labs located in GOP 1, BSD City. BSD Innovation Labs is expected to start operating in early 2020.

Digitaraya, a world-class accelerator supported by Google Developers Launchpad in Indonesia as an accelerator program partner, will help the startup team at BSD Innovation Labs to improve business, with guidance and technology support from Google. With GK Plug and Play Indonesia's experience in fostering startups in collaboration with large corporations, GK Plug and Play will play a role in helping startup teams find investors and corporate partners. The collaboration not only provides a forum for startup teams, but also becomes a concrete step for the development of the digital startup ecosystem at BSD Innovation Labs.

Irawan Harahap, Digital Hub Project Leader from Sinar Mas Land, said: "Sinar Mas Land is preparing the Digital Hub to host various digital business scales, including startups. Therefore, we developed BSD Innovation Labs as a startup accelerator through our collaboration with Digitaraya and GK Plug and Play Indonesia. We hope that BSD Innovation Labs will be useful for fresh talent in the digital field, so that we can witness a variety of digital innovations made by startup teams born in Digital Hub, BSD City."

Nicole Yap, Managing Director of Digitaraya, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Sinar Mas Land and GK Plug and Play Indonesia to open opportunities in proptech, smart living & connected home startups to join our program. Startups from Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia will have access to industry leaders, as well as experts from Google and our other key partners. We hope to welcome all of them to BSD City."

"We support the concern of Sinar Mas Land as the largest property developer in Indonesia to develop startup acceleration. This proves that the Digital Hub is not only a friendly place for giant digital companies like Apple and Huawei, but is also serious in preparing startup teams to develop and compete with established digital companies," said Aaron Nio, Managing Partner of GK Plug and Play Indonesia.

The BSD Innovation Labs at BSD City emphasizes Sinar Mas Land's commitment to the development of a massive and global digital ecosystem. This is one of Sinar Mas Land's agenda in the transformation of BSD City as the first integrated smart digital city. Sinar Mas Land is also currently developing the Digital Hub, an area of ​​26 hectares dedicated to the development of digital and technology-based economies, from startup scale, community to multinational companies.

The presence of digital companies in BSD City is synergistic with the availability of digital workforce in BSD City. The largest township of Sinar Mas Land already has an adequate digital talent pool with many digital education programs available in BSD City so that tenants and startups do not have to worry about availability. Digital education is provided by Apple Developer Academy, Purwadhika Startup & Coding School, Creative Nest, Binar Academy, NXL E-sport Center and Techpolitan, with various programs such as coding, digital animation, and e-sport management, among others.