APT Young Entrepreneurs Forum


"Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community"
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 23-25 August 2017
SOKHA Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence

It was truly an honor for us to be invited to participate in this APT Young Entrepreneurs Forum at Phnom Penh. The 2 days forum which started with opening ceremony by Mr. Rommel Gerodias (representative from the Philippines) - President of ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council / Sauber Professionals Inc., Ms. Kyoung A Eun (representative from Korea) - President of Korea Entrepreneurship; CeraArtCo., Ltd., H.E. Reach Ra (representative from Cambodia) - Under-Secretary of State; Ministry of Commerce, and opening remarks by H.E. Dr. Sok Siphana - Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia.

The sessions divided into 4 parts:
1. Overview of ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation: Trade and Economic Challenges and Opportunities after the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015
2. Roles of Young and Women in SMEs Development, Exports and Innovation in East Asia
3. Mobilizing Resources to Support Young and Women in SMEs Development in East Asia
4. Enhanced Roles of Young and Women Entrepreneurs in East Asia Economic Community


Allow me to introduce the 8 participants of successful young entrepreneurs from Indonesia:


Established in 2010, Ramesia is innovating the world of machinery. They create an easy to access machinery e-commerce, especially in F&B machinery. Ramesia supports the industry and helping hundreds of other SMEs with their affordable products and top services.


Nina Kartika / Innovart

Started as a hobby, supporting the recycling movement in handicraft and gift business since 1992, Innovart utilizes the unused waste, cornhusk, into work of art. They give added value to an object that considered as waste by helping to conserve natural resources into beautiful flower wedding and home decoration.


Hanna Keraf / Du'Anyam

Du'Anyam is a social enterprise that produces and distributes wicker crafts to economically empower and improve health of woman in rural Indonesia. Established in 2014, Du'Anyam harness the idled crafting ability of the local community in Nusa Tenggara Timur, one of the poorest province with highest maternal and newborn mortality rate in Indonesia, by tapping into wicker weaving traditions and providing an alternative employment to subsistence farming for pregnant women.


Ardhi Setyo Putranto / Banana Queen

Banana Queen is an innovative food company who produced tasty, practical, and nutritious organic banana chips made from ripe banana without any sugar added. In 2011, Ardhi seized the opportunity in ripe bananas, which makes Banana Queen adding more values to the local commodity, especially for the diabetics to consume.


Yessika Nandya / Beautysky Aesthetic

With clinics based in Yogyakarta, Beautysky fabricates their own skin care products, challenging the beauty industry with their innovation. Bestie for your skin.


Ivan Nashara / EFishery

eFishery, the smartest fish feeding technology, is disrupting a habit that has lasts for centuries in fish farming and making aquaculture more precise and profitable, helping the world to secure its food supply in the future while helping to preserve nature and encouraging new fishpreneurs.


Nusantara Jati is a high quality teak garden outdoor furniture manufacturer and wholesale company, not only for domestic market, but also penetrate international market with solid online marketing strategy. Started with Facebook, followed by using Alibaba and EC25 to expand their market to online and global audience.


Unique style handcrafted jewelry made of semi precious raw stones and crystals. By emphasizing the natural characteristics of natural gemstones, Tree Craft Diary embraces the fusion of fashion and nature, thus, creatively crafts them with unique attributes to create jewelry with a story. In 2012, started from Etsy - an international online handmade marketplace to reach global market from the beginning, and taking advantage of social medias to promote and maintain good relationship with the audience.

P.S. Thank you Ivan as our representative from Indonesia for the great introduction of young and women entrepreneurs breakthrough in Indonesia. You rock!

Although we just knew each other in such a short time, but the bonding experience we have is just so marvelous. All thanks to this remarkable forum, we had the chance to meet and connect with other great entrepreneurs from Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and China. We exchanged our business fields, we shared our experiences, we learned from each others, we talked about the difficulties we are facing, and it's so amazing to receive feedback and help from the fellow entrepreneurs. For us, it's not only about the business and profit, but more than that, it's the genuine friendship as the strong foundation on which the best relationship grows.

Despite from all the discussions, here we have a birthday man! It's Dea's birthday on the second day! A little bit of surprise, a lot of congratulations! How does it feel to be celebrated by 12 countries bro? Unforgettable eh? ^^


Thank you so much to all of Cambodian organizers for your kind hospitality. We surely had a great time during these 3 days. Special thanks to Faye who created the Facebook group which makes all of us even closer. We hope to see you again soon!

Last but not least, to all of the delegates:

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