1,650 Students Benefit from Bank Mandiri Entrepreneurship Lectures

Jakarta, 13 August 2014 – Bank Mandiri has delivered lectures on entrepreneurship to a total of 1,650 students in 18 public and private universities in various parts of Indonesia[j1] . The lectures, delivered as part of the National Lecturer Series, are intended to encourage the creation of resilient entrepreneurs who are capable of supporting the country’s economic development.

The National Lecturer Series (NLS), which developed as a spinoff from the Mandiri Young Entrepreneur program (WMM), uses video streaming technology and is run in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The latest lecture was attended[j2]  by Coordinating Minister for the Economy Chairul Tanjung, Education and Culture Minister M. Nuh and Bank Mandiri CEO Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

“Entrepreneurship needs ideas, courage and skill. We believe that our students have all these. That is why we are committed to continuously promoting entrepreneurship among our young people. We believe that this will result in a stronger Indonesian economy that is supported by a strong entrepreneurial base,” Gunadi said in Jakarta on Wednesday (13 Aug).

The National Lecturer Series was launched in 2011. To date, more than 14,604 students in various parts of Indonesia have benefitted from the lectures. In addition to the lectures by the Economic Affairs Coordinating Minister and the CEO of Bank Mandiri, students will also benefit from entrepreneurship training provided by Kapal Api Group Chief Commissioner Indra Boedijono, Anomali Coffee founders Irvan Helmi and Muhammad Abgari, and from Odi Anindito, the 2011 WMM winner in the catering category and the owner of Coffee Tofee.

During the lecture, Economic Affairs Coordinating Minister Chairil Tunjung said that the entrepreneurship sector had an important role to play in boosting the national economy. He said also shared his insights on the things young people needed to succeed in business.