Call for papers for the conference “University Business Cooperation for smart and sustainable growth in Indonesia: challenges and opportunities”

On the 8th and 9th of March 2022 an online conference in the Smart Project framework will take place. Its title will be University Business Cooperation for smart and sustainable growth in Indonesia: challenges and opportunities.

The critical role of universities in socio-economic development is nowadays widely recognised. Enhancing linkages and cross-fertilisation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and their business environment in the interest of employability of graduates and sustainable and inclusive growth is high on the agenda of policy-makers around the globe. The conference will be organized under the frame of the Smart project and aims specifically at bringing together participants from academia, business, and other stakeholders interested in the interplay between Higher education and Business. This online event would be an excellent opportunity for learning, networking, knowledge-sharing and exchange of good practices.

Based on the central theme, the Conference will consider papers and case studies that cover, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • UBC for sustainable development: Challenges and opportunities in Nusantara;
  • Entrepreneurship and creativity;
  • Lifelong learning;
  • Social innovation;
  • Innovation and technology transfer in HEIs;
  • Role of startups as a driver of the sustainable development

For more information regarding the conference programme, registration procedure and submission of papers please contact Dr. Irmina Murwani (

Sociopreneur Webinar – Creating Impactful Social Enterprises in the Modern Era (Kalimantan Institute of Technology)

Kalimantan Institute of Technology held a Social Entrepreneurship Webinar with the theme “Creating Impactful Social Enterprises in the Modern Era”. This social entrepreneurship webinar activity was held online through the Zoom Meeting Platform and Youtube Live Streaming, by inviting two resource persons who were experts in their fields, namely Mrs. Zulfa Raudatul Jannah, S.Gz. as Research Project Officer of The Local Enablers and Mr. Goris Mustaqim, S.T. as Founder of Semut Nusantara Consulting and Mrs. Marita Wulandari, S. T., M.T. as a lecturer in Environmental Engineering at the Kalimantan Institute of Technology who in this activity is also the moderator of this webinar. The social entrepreneurship webinar was also attended by Mr. Ainun Zulfikar, S.T., M.T. as Chairman of the Student and Alumni Guidance Team as well as lecturers from inside and outside the Kalimantan Institute of Technology.
This Social Entrepreneurship Webinar activity began at 09.00 WITA by MC Febi Ayu Caroline Pitaloka, a 2019 Kalimantan Institute of Technology Urban and Regional Planning student who guided the webinar from start to finish. 165 students participated in the webinar.

The remarks in this activity were delivered directly by Mr. Ainun Zulfikar, S.T., M.T. as Chairman of the Student Development Team and remarks delivered by Muhammad Maulana Zarkasyi as minister of the creative economy in the Harmoni Change Cabinet. As for the next event which is the core of this social entrepreneurship webinar activity, namely the presentation of material from two resource persons, in which the first material will be delivered by Ms Zulfa Raudatul Jannah, S.Gz. as Research Project Officer of The Local Enablers and continued with the second material by Mr Goris Mustaqim, S.T. as Founder of Semut Nusantara Consulting who will be guided directly by the moderator of the activity, namely Mrs Marita Wulandari, S. T., M.T. It started by introducing the biodata of the two presenters. In the first material, Mrs. Zulfa Raudatul Jannah, S.Gz. deliver material by brainstorming with webinar participants by asking what
distinguishes social enterprises from businesses in general. After exchanging ideas with the participants, Ms Zulfa Raudatul Jannah, S.Gz. continued his presentation, where according to him the difference between social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship, in general, is in the location of the profit and the intended strategy, for entrepreneurs in general/commercial to have superior commercial strategies in certain fields. Meanwhile, for social entrepreneurs to focus on the beneficiaries, the profits will return to the beneficiaries to develop the business they are running. The important ways of thinking to be applied by social entrepreneurs are Divergent Thinking, Lateral Thinking, Aesthetic Thinking, System Thinking, and Design Thinking.

After the presentation of the first material was completed, it was given by Mrs Zulfa Raudatul Jannah, S.Gz. followed by the second presentation delivered by Mr Goris Mustaqim, S.T. as Founder of Semut Nusantara Consulting, where he shared many of his experiences in the world of social entrepreneurship with the participants. At the beginning of his presentation, he told how he started to form Semut Nusantara, where Semut Nusantara is engaged in community-based companions spread across 18 provinces in Indonesia. He also gave examples of community-based assistance assisted by Semut Nusantara, such as the best tourism village in ASEAN (Best ASEAN’s CBT 2018) and the Inka mina Projomino fishing cooperative, which became the best cooperative according to the KKP in 2019.

Open Course Digital Startup – Kalimantan Institute of Technology

As an effort to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Kalimantan Institute of Technology (ITK), the ITK Technology Business Incubator and the Student Entrepreneurship Development Team collaborate with the Digital Innovation Lounge Balikpapan and the Indonesia Digital Creative Industry Society (MIKTI) created an open course called Startup Digital. In this open course, students are taught about the concept of a digital startup and the tricks to successfully set up a digital startup based on current problems. Learning is carried out for about 2 months starting from August to the beginning of October 2021.

By cooperating with professional teaching staff, it is hoped that students who take these courses can receive broad knowledge and are increasingly motivated to see the potential of both natural resources and human resources through technology into a business opportunity. In the digital Startup class, not only students from ITK can take it but can also come from all universities that register for the Micro- credential program at the Indonesian Ministry of Education. The form of learning activities is the material and practice of making digital startup prototypes. For the first session of this semester, 40 students from various universities in Indonesia participated.

Basic Entrepreneurial Student Skills Training – Kalimantan Institute of Technology

Basic Entrepreneurial Student Skills Training or Latihan Keterampilan Mahasiswa Wirausaha Tingkat Dasar (LKMW TD) was held by the Division of Entrepreneurship of Students Organization in Kalimantan Institute of Technology (KM ITK). LKMW aims to provide motivation and foster an entrepreneurial spirit for ITK students.

Thus, it is expected that in the future ITK alumni will be able to contribute to open jobs through businesses run. The event, which was held online through zoom platform, was attended by more than 500 ITK students. This training was held for three days, namely on May 3rd and 9th and 31st, 2021. The event opened with a speech from
ITK entrepreneurship coach, Marita Wulandari S.T., M.T. followed by a speech from the chairman of KM ITK and Chief of Entrepreneurship KM ITK.
The LKMW materials consist of three sessions, namely: Exploring business ideas and creative thinking; motivation and mindset of entrepreneurs; and BMC (Business Model Canvas). These materials were delivered by trainers who have experience in the field of entrepreneurship. This is so that participants can listen directly to the experience of their seniors in pioneering and growing their business. So that it can be more motivating and give a real description of the challenges and opportunities that will be faced by business students.

In this activity, participants seemed enthusiastic to participate in the activities. As the output of this activity, participants conducted a simulation on the last day of training on May 31. During the simulation session, participants were asked to present business ideas in the form of Bussiness Model Canvas (BMC).
This LKMW event is the early stage of ITK’s entrepreneurial curriculum. Where next, students will be equipped with a variety of entrepreneurial skills gradually. Thus, when graduating from ITK, students are really ready to compete in the business world in Indonesia

Business Plan Workshop – Kalimantan Institute of Technology

The ITK Technology Business Incubator (IBT ITK) held a business plan preparation workshop as a continuation of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) preparation program on the 16th of March.
Mr Indra Purnama was appointed as a speaker and trainer in the Business Plan preparation workshop. Workshop participants are taught how to prepare a business plan from each component of the business plan. The outcome of the workshop was to make participants be able to compile a complete business plan document and get the opportunity to present it to potential investors.

Business Model Canvas Workshop – Kalimantan Institute of Technology

The ITK Technology Business Incubator (IBT ITK) held a canvas business modelling (BMC) workshop on March 9, 2021. The target of the program is for all students, business people, lecturers and entrepreneurial companions in universities throughout Indonesia and MSMEs. The trainer for the preparation of the Business Model Canvas is Mr Indra Purnama as a business practitioner, angel investor from angel.ID and the management of the Indonesia Digital Creative Industry Society (MIKTI).
With this program, it is hoped that all participants will be able to compile a business model canvas and evaluate the business model that has been made previously. The business model is the most important document to run a business, especially to get investors. In addition, it can be used for market evaluation. IBT ITK held this workshop with the hope of producing young entrepreneurs from students and teaching MSMEs, lecturers and entrepreneurship assistants to understand the important functions of preparing a business model canvas