State President Madam Halimah Yacob visits BLOCK71 Yogyakarta

Madam Halimah speaking to one of the start-up entrepreneurs incubated at BLOCK71 Yogyakarta (Photo: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited)

Singapore State President Madam Halimah Yacob paid a visit to BLOCK71 Yogyakarta on 6 February. She was accompanied by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.

Part of a four-day State Visit to Indonesia to strengthen bilateral ties and areas of potential business collaboration between the two countries, the delegation was hosted at BLOCK71 Yogyakarta by Ms Dawn Ng, Director of Ecosystem Development (Incubation) at NUS Enterprise, and Mr Axton Salim, Executive Director at Salim Group.

During the visit, Madam Halimah had the opportunity to speak to three BLOCK71-supported Founders, who presented their technology solutions impacting Indonesia. These included:

  • Mr Fairoz Ahmad of Chapter W, an organisation running a tech platform focusing on promoting greater financial inclusion for Indonesians via joint purchases and group savings. Mr Fairoz is also an NUS alumnus;
  • Ms Lintang Wuriantari of Matchamu, a manufacturer of healthier instant powdered drinks in Indonesia; and
  • Mr Aryo Wiryawan of Indmira, a technology based company conducting research and development on agrocomplex (agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries) and environmental rehabilitation.

Towards the end of the visit, Madam Halimah was given a special guided tour around the facility to meet with other incubated technology start-ups.

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Madam Halimah taking a wefie with Tech Startup Founders and Programme Managers from BLOCK71 Yogyakarta

BLOCK71 Yogyakarta is a tech ecosystem builder and global connector launched by NUS Enterprise and Indonesian conglomerate Salim Group. Since its launch, BLOCK71 Yogyakarta has incubated almost 28 start-ups from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, collaborated with five universities and partnered with various corporates and local government. BLOCK71 Yogyakarta has also organised and hosted over 100 tech events and visits; and served as the hub for other local and regional ecosystem players such as university start-up incubators for engagement to bolster the Yogyakarta start-up scene.

By NUS Enterprise


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