Overcoming barriers to developing Indonesia’s Small to Medium Enterprise sector

Paul McShane Education & Training, Enterprise Development

A six week program for 13 young entrepreneurs from Indonesia addresses business development opportunities for Indonesia. Supported by the Australian Government’s Australia Awards Fellowship, the young entrepreneurs are seeking to take the next step to developing their start up enterprises into sustainable Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Indonesia has large multinational companies and many microenterprises typically operated by families. It lacks SMEs that can employ 20 to 200 workers. SMEs are going to be a vital part of Indonesia’s economic transformation. Linked to Indonesia’s vast human and natural resources, education and training provide pathways to prosperity. This fellowship, drawing on the interdisciplinary capability of Monash University and our extensive networks in Indonesia, will assist in developing enduring social and economic well being in Indonesia.