Institute for Business Technology Incubation, University of Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah), was selected to be one of 12 incubators in Indonesia who get funding from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti). Prof. Said Muhammad, Head of Unsyiah Technology Business Incubator, said that funding will be used to build and strengthen incubators in preparing the ASEAN Economic Community (MEA) in 2019. The initial step begins with publishing and recruiting industry players which is productive and innovative.
"We will foster productive businesses that are ready to compete in the international market," he said.
Besides Unsyiah, there were also incubators from several universities and institutions in Indonesia. They are incubators from Airlangga University, Muslim University of Indonesia Makassar, Kupang State Polytechnic, Sriwijaya University, Muhammadiyah University of North Sumatra, Pusinov LIPI, Maleo Techno Park, Primakara Bali STIMIK, Incubator of Indonesian Cluster Association, PGRI Semarang, and Skystar Venture Incubator.
Prof. Said added that these twelve incubators have entered into a cooperation agreement with the Kemenristekdikti incubator development program in Surabaya on May 23-26. He added that on that occasion also carried out the training of business technology concept and kick off-meeting opened by Directorate General of Science and Technology and Directorate of Higher Education, Dr. Ir. Patdono Suwignjo, M.Eng.Sc.
He hopes that with the election of Unsyiah incubator, can encourage and facilitate creative ideas and innovations of lecturers and students for business development that is worth and competitive.
"We want to be a center of entrepreneurship that can develop business and innovation so as to have competitiveness at the local and national level," Prof. Said.