Happy! Bank Mandiri Announces 2023 Independent Young Entrepreneur Champion Entrepreneur – 45 minutes ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – PT Bank Mandiri Tbk (BMRI) again held the biggest entrepreneurial competition in Indonesia, Mandiri Young Entrepreneurs (WMM) 2023, which succeeded in producing new champions from various business fields. WMM 2023 is Bank Mandiri's flagship program which has been running since 2007 and is a concrete manifestation of its commitment to supporting the development of young Indonesian entrepreneurs.

Bank Mandiri Corporate Secretary Teuku Ali Usman said, WMM is Bank Mandiri's flagship program which has been held since 2007 and is a form of Bank Mandiri's consistency in supporting young Indonesian entrepreneurs. This consistency does not only stop at the competition stage, but continues at the mentoring stage, business development, and also national and local promotions supported by Bank Mandiri.

“WMM is not only a competition event, but has become a solid community of young entrepreneurs and continues to expand from year to year. This is our enthusiasm to continue to consistently develop young Indonesian entrepreneurs,” said Ali in a press release, Sunday (21 /1/2024).

This year, WMM recruited 8,290 applicants from all over Indonesia, with various types and categories of business. Of this number, 24 participants were selected who passed to the final round, who were then tested directly by a panel of judges consisting of Bank Mandiri President Director Darmawan Junaidi, Cultivar Coffeehouse Founder Wulan Guritno, USS Network Founder Sayed Muhammad and Fore Coffee CMO Matthew Adrian.

Of the 24 participants who made it through to the final round, Arka Irfani was chosen to win the title of Best of Best WMM 2023 with the business name Bell Living Lab and managed to take home a prize of IDR 500 million.

Arka is developing a business that uses coffee waste to transform it into contemporary fashion products. So that this material becomes a sustainable product and can be used by many people.

“I feel that WMM is very useful because I can meet inspiring people and can collaborate with each other. I didn't expect that I would be able to get funding to develop a business so that our products can be used more widely by people. Hopefully WMM can continue to inspire the younger generation,” said Arka.

Apart from Arka Irfani, there were also Best of the Best winners from each existing business category, namely the Catering, Social & Environmental, Technology and Creative categories.

The following is a complete list of WMM 2023 Business Existing winners:

Catering Category:

1st place: Muhammad Bayu Hermawan with the Tambiyaku business, which is an affordable healthy food company made from sorghum.

2nd place: Redha Taufik Ardias with the Sila Artisan Tea business, which is a tea producer that has been around since 2018, with a mission to raise the image of Indonesian agri products for the welfare of farming people, “consumer wellness” and the preservation of the archipelago's nature.

3rd place: Wiko Puji Susanto with the Fishsnack business, which is a nutritious snack made from fish that is here to make eating fish easier and more practical, produced from upstream to downstream by empowering fish farmers.

Social & Environmental Category:

1st Place: Mohammad Rofiul Ulum with the Bintang Songo Indonesia business, which is a business that prioritizes Community Empowerment, especially Housewives in the field of plywood waste processing services into Raw Material for Making Plywood or Plywood in Lumajang

2nd place: Yonatan Soedarto Prasetia with the Truly Natural Organic business, which is a natural spice product, suitable for vegans, non-MSG, non-GMO, does not contain soya, does not use dyes and all ingredients empower the results of farmers.

3rd place: Arif Rahman Faiza Asri with the Nom Nom Herbs & Spices business, which is a start-up company that develops sustainable agricultural methods, technology and ecosystems from upstream to downstream with direct coaching support to farmers.

Technology Category:

1st place: Sandy Wijaya with the Ciroes business, which is a Circular economy marketplace that connects sellers and buyers of recycled waste to make transactions easily, quickly and profitably through one platform

2nd place: Ratih Rachmatica with the SIAB Indonesia business, which is a system that solves clean water problems from upstream to downstream starting from finding water sources, automatically filtrating clean water according to Ministry of Health standards, distributing water in real time and online with Internet of Technology technology. Things (IoT) with only one tool (one stop solution).

3rd place: Benarivo Triadi Putra with the Atourin business, which is a provider of inventory catalogs for tourist villages throughout Indonesia consisting of tour packages, local experiences, village homestays, and souvenirs or souvenirs typical of tourist villages.

Creative Category:

1st place: Arka Irfani with the Bell Living Lab business, which is a business that uses coffee waste to transform it into contemporary fashion products. Making this material a sustainable material that can be used by many people

2nd place: Evan Nico Kristanto with the Locarpet Craft business, which is a creative carpet art product based in Magelang that highlights the essence of accessories that support the indoor atmosphere through art and interior design.

3rd place: Rafida Nur Aini with the Medividi business, which is jewelry made from brass coated with 18 carat gold which also accepts custom orders for weddings, engagements and other special occasions with silver, gold and palladium materials as well as various kinds of stones.

Besides the Business Existing winner, there is also the Business Plan Winner Muhammad Al Faaiz with the Yumi business “live young & healthy” which is a Fruit Soyghurt Drink fermented with soybean seeds, fruit and good bacteria which are high in protein and probiotics. The 2023 WMM awarding night was also enlivened by entertainment from Salma.

This event is proof of WMM's success and success in creating strong, creative and innovative young entrepreneurs.

“We are very proud and happy with the results achieved by the winners of WMM 2023. They are the young generation who have high enthusiasm and vision in business. We hope that with WMM, they can continue to develop their businesses and become an inspiration for other young entrepreneurs, said Ali.

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