The first week of November had been wholesome for BLOCK71 Yogyakarta.
Not only did we successfully hold the celebration of our first anniversary on Friday, November 1st, but also we arranged the biggest startup conference in Yogyakarta, Jogja Startup Day, on November 2nd and 3rd. Together with Amikom Business Park (ABP) and Amikom Computer Club (AMCC), we brought forward Jogja Startup Day hoping to provide the platform for startups, investors, and like us, incubators and ecosystem builders to connect with each other.
In Jogja Startup Day, more than 900 attendees got the chance to have a closer look into the startup ecosystem through the exhibition, talk shows, investor speed dating, gala dinner networking night, and startup pitching competition. As more than 30 startups joining the excitement, the exhibition managed to present diverse startup focuses to the audiences. Six of them are from our residents here in BLOCK71 Yogyakarta; Chapter W, Bountie, Tokocrypto, Delokal, Exabytes, and Goop.
With the same philosophy in mind, Jogja Startup Day arranged the talk shows with diverse topics. Featuring the President of Bukalapak, Fajrin Rasyid, the first talk show explored on “How to Start a Billion Dollar “Unicorn” Startup”. The second talk show delved into “Why Investors Won’t Invest on Your Startup”, where the Portfolio Manager of Salim Group, Edmund Caruli, became one of the key speakers. The rest of the talk shows also feature prominent figures of BLOCK71; Sazali Johari, the Program Director of BLOCK71 South-East Asia on “Startup Opportunity in South-East Asia,” and Danang Jeffry, Hub Manager BLOCK71 Bandung on “Reasons Why There’s no Unicorn in Jogja.” The first day went without a hitch.
There were not only startup related events, but there was also a game competition to spice up Jogja Startup Day. On the second day, Mobile Legends Jogja Startup Day Tournament 2019 took place, where one of our residents, Bountie, participated as an official partner of the tournament. This was their first collaboration and as their host, we were proud to see the enthusiasm.