Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. As an effort to encourage the emergence of independent start-up companies that have sustainable superiority and capability in competitive businesses, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) provides a broad opportunity for all Indonesian citizens to make use and commercialize the results of BRIN’s research through the Research-Based Startup Company Funding (PPBR) program.

The PPBR program is a financing for prospective start-up companies based on the results of BRIN’s research so that they are ready to become start-up companies that are profitable and sustainable. This scheme is expected to encourage commercialization of BRIN’s research results and develop research-based startup companies.

“Why is this scheme called Research-Based Startup Company (PPBR) not technology-based anymore, because now we know that start-ups are no longer technology-based, there are many potential start-ups based on data and social engineering, for example. This is what we want to encourage that startups can cover many aspects,” explained BRIN Head Laksana Tri Handoko in a Wibenar on  Research and Innovation Facilitation and Funding, BRIN #1 Start Up Edition, Thursday (17/2).

Handoko reaffirmed that he is very supportive of start-ups as one of BRIN’s focuses. Especially in the last two years when the Covid-19 pandemic has created new opportunities, to which it is usually the younger generation that can get fresh innovation ideas from. These ideas must be facilitated so that in the future they can become start-ups that can boost the growth of the country’s real economy. “Therefore, we invite all parties, especially the younger generation, to actively participate in this funding scheme,” added Handoko.

Meanwhile BRIN’s acting Deputy for Research and Innovation Facilitation Agus Haryono said that based on evaluation of the substance and exposure evaluation, nine (9) participants who received PPBR in Batch I would take part in the next stage. These 9 participants are:

  1. Sugeng Waluyo (Upakara Bhuvana Nusantara Foundation) – Plastic pellets from Masks and PPE waste
  2. Adi Reza Nugroho (PT Miko Bahtera Nusantara) – Leather material from Mycelium Mushroom
  3. Ageng Wiyatno (PT Pipetin Indonesia) – Laboratory Services, Consulting and Provider of Biotechnology Products for Laboratories
  4. Leko Dwi Harjono – Services Using Radiation Technology
  5. Khayu Wahyunita – Monoclonal Antibody Production
  6. Atmo S Sunjoyo (PT Asatu Nine Six) – Nano Biopesticide
  7. Ika Juliana (PT Greenie Alam Indonesia) – Greenie: Biomaterials from Areca nut waste for sustainable furniture industry
  8. Ai Sri Kusmayanti (UKM Youngsters) – Gluten Free Corn Noodles
  9. Mokhamad Nur Cahyadi (MNC Geotech)- Low Cost Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

The selected participants will then follow a series of incubation function business processes, starting from participating in coaching and mentoring programs (pre-incubation) for 6 months, and incubation and post-incubation activities. During the pre-incubation, the materials provided vary from legal aspects, team formation, business models to action plans and budgets.

Start-ups that are deemed feasible based on the evaluation results are entitled to proceed to the next stage, namely incubation. At this stage, start-ups will receive mentoring from experts and professionals, and are also entitled to initial funding of a maximum of IDR 300,000,000 per year with multi-year funding (maximum 2 years) and can be extended for 1 year based on annual evaluation. The focus of incubation activities includes market testing and product testing, product certification, production and marketing so that start-ups can earn income and profits.

To achieve the goal of creating profitable and sustainable start-ups, BRIN does not stop at the incubation stage. Start-ups may follow the post-incubation stage, which focuses on scaling up production and market expansion through the start-up ecosystem and BRIN partner network.

The acceptance of PPBR funding program proposals will be open throughout the year and the deadline for the second batch selection is 10 March 2022. Procedures for submission of proposals, the requirements and further information about this program can be accessed through the funding website.risnov.brin.go.id.

“For 2022, we have a target of developing 100 PPBRs. We hope that in the second batch, more proposals will be submitted. In the near future, more massive socialization will also be carried out so that it is hoped that the next batch will have more candidates submitting proposals,” explained Agus. (aps)