CEO of BANANA & Partners was Awarded as Innovation Heroes

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BANANA & Partners, Herry Wijaya, was awarded as Innovation Heroes. He was chosen after going through a selection process from hundreds of other innovators since November 2022. Herry Wijaya was elected along with 4 other Indonesian best innovators, namely:

1. Wahyudi Hasbi — Satelit Kecil Multi

2. Tatiek Kancaniati — Kampung Wisata Bisnis Tegalwaru

3. Lenang Manggala — Gerakan Sekolah Menulis Buku Nasional

4. Heni Sri Sundari — Gerakan Anak Petani Cerdas

Innovation Heroes nomination was organized by Indonesia Forum Foundation and Corporate Innovation Asia (CIAS) as an appreciation to those who have made various innovations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia. The inauguration night was held on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at Soehanna Hall, Jakarta. The assessment was carried out by panelists namely Indrawan Nugroho (Founder & CEO of CIAS), Danang Rizky Ginanjar (Deputy Secretary General of the Indonesia Forum) and Ivan Ahda (CEO of Maxima).

This event was opened by Prof. Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Ph.D and also attended by Ir. Warih Andang Tjahjono, M.T as president director of PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia and Achmad Zaky, S.T, M.Sc as Bukalapak’s Co-Founder and Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesia Forum. This event is planned to be held every year to support the innovation within the nation.

BANANA & Partners with the innovation of PANDORA (Pusat Industri Daur Oelang Rumahan) tries to answer environmental problems in Indonesia. We have been established since 2020 to reduce waste that pollutes the environment, as well creating renewable energy solution from waste. “We have a vision to create a world without waste and free of fossil energy for a better life. I personally really appreciate the holding of Innovation Heroes event because this will support all innovators in Indonesia to continue creating positive impacts for the goal of Golden Indonesia in 2045,” said Herry Wijaya.

Congratulations to the CEO of BANANA & Partners, Herry Wijaya, hopefully you are always successful and can provide other breakthroughs for the progress of the country.

#TukarPakaiSampah as A Waste Problem Solution for Coastal Communities

#TukarPakaiSampah is a collaboration program between BANANA & Partners and Future Builder program by Pijar Future Builder#TukarPakaiSampah focuses on plastic waste and used cooking oil problem in coastal areas.

Used cooking oil is one of the organic wastes produced by households. According to the 2019 Indonesia Oilseeds and Products Annual, consumption of household cooking oil in Indonesia in 2019 reached up to 13 million tons. Likewise, plastic waste in Indonesia reaches 66 million tons per year (BPS 2021).

Fun fact, every time they go out to sea, fishermen use cooking oil for cooking in the middle of the sea. Unfortunately, the cooking oil that has been used is immediately thrown into the open sea. Used cooking oil can harm health and the environment. If used cooking oil ends up in a lake or sea, the oil fat will gather and form a layer that can cover the water surface. This condition will disrupt the photosynthesis process of plants and reduce the oxygen levels needed by marine biota.

On the other hand, some communities in coastal areas still throw plastic waste into the sea. Plastic waste continues to grow and can threaten the lives of marine species (fish, marine mammals, sea birds). It takes tens to hundreds of years for plastic to decompose completely.

We exist with #TukarPakaiSampah program which is an initiation program to exchange 2 liters of used cooking oil for 1 liter of biodiesel (B100) produced by BANANA & Partners as fuel for fishing boats. Coastal communities can also exchange plastic waste for cash.

Our main partner is Kelompok Nelayan GANEBA located in East Balikpapan. The location of this beach is close to TPA (Tempat Pembuangan Akhir/Final Disposal Site) and about 15 km from the center of Balikpapan City and PANDORA, BANANA & Partners. GANEBA has 240 fishermen with a total of 200 boats.

According to Boben, chairman of Kelompok Nelayan GANEBA, a fishing boat can consume up to 70 liters of diesel in one trip out to the sea. In one month fishermen can go out to the sea about 20 times, so that one fisherman can spend 1,400 L per month.

In #TukarPakaiSampah Program, we also partner with Kelompok Nelayan Mangrove, Bank Sampah Kota Hijau, and PT. Dermaga Perkasapratama.

We have socialized #TukarPakaiSampah program which was enthusiastically welcomed by fishermen and the community. BANA Diesel is proven to be used as an alternative fuel after testing it on one of the fishermen’s boats.

Picking-up of segregated plastic waste and used cooking oil is carried out regularly at each of our partners. We process used cooking oil become BANA Diesel with our waste-to-energy and waste-to-material facilities, called PANDORA (Pusar Industri Daur Oelang Rumahan). And then, our BANA Diesel is given to the fishermen and the community.

Through this program, we help the community, especially coastal areas and fishermen, to change their habit of throwing wastes into the sea and using BANA Diesel as a renewable energy.

Contribution of BANANA & Partners in Implementing Technology and Solutions for Small and Medium Industries (IKM) at Startup4Industry 2022

BANANA & Partners contributed to the Startup4Industry 2022 technology implementation competition. Startup4Industry is a program under the ministry of industry Republic of Indonesia since 2018, as part of Making Indonesia 4.0 by leveraging innovative tech solutions from Indonesian tech startups.

This competition focuses on implementing technology/startup solutions in the industry which aims to accelerate startups as technology problem solvers for industry and society, implementing technology in industries, especially small and medium industries (IKM), and disseminating the use of technology made in Indonesia.

The implementation project from BANANA & Partners is the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for UMK Batik Jambi Zhorif located in Jambi City, East Sumatra. Zhorif Jambi Batik has been established since 1982 by Mrs. Atiah which is now being continued by Mr. Muhsin (2014) until now. Seeing the dangers of batik waste for the environment and health, we from BANANA & Partners want to help so that the waste generated from batik production at UMK Batik Jambi Zhorif can be processed and the processing results from the batik waste can be reused.

The first visit was carried out on September 30 — October 3 2022 by the BANANA & Partners team to see the condition of the Zhorif Jambi Batik production site and the preparation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The WWTP installation process continues to be monitored so that the waste generated from batik production can be reprocessed after construction is complete. On 4–7 November 2022, a second visit was carried out to see the condition of the waste from batik production after the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

“The assistance provided by BANANA & Partners and Startup4Industry in the form of WWTP can be useful for Zhorif Jambi Batik, so that the waste generated from batik production here can be reprocessed and does not pollute the environment” — Muhsin, Owner of Zhorif Jambi Batik.

The announcement of the Startup4Industry winners was held at Gebyar IKMA 2022. This event was held at Kota Kasablanka Mall, South Jakarta on 9–11 December 2022 with various activities. The 2022 IKMA Gebyar carries the theme Foresting Innovative and Sustainable Small and Medium Industries, with the aim of confirming the concrete steps taken by the Directorate General of IKMA of the Ministry of Industry in encouraging IKM players to be more innovative.

The announcement of the Startup4Industry winners was held at Gebyar IKMA 2022. This event was held at Kota Kasablanka Mall, South Jakarta on 9–11 December 2022 with various activities. The 2022 IKMA Gebyar carries the theme Foresting Innovative and Sustainable Small and Medium Industries, with the aim of confirming the concrete steps taken by the Directorate General of IKMA of the Ministry of Industry in encouraging IKM players to be more innovative.

In the IKMA Gebyar event, the Director General of the Ministry of Industry gave awards in the IKM field, including the One Village One Product (OVOP) award, Indonesia Food Innovation (IFI), Indonesia Food and Craft Awards (IFCA) and Startup4Industry. BANANA & Partners is included in the top 5 startups and occupies the 4th position in Startup4Industry 2022.

Other activities held at the IKMA 2022 Gebyar event include:

1. Investor Speed Dating (09th December 2022 — Curacao Room, Mall Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta Selatan)

One of the highlights events of Startup4Industry 2022 series which aims to provide investors access to explore investment potential and also give feedback on building startups in the startup4industry ecosystem.

2. B2B Business Matching (09th December 2022 — Curacao Room, Mall Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta Selatan)

B2B Business Matching is an event for private sector, manufactures, or others business sectors seeking and finding potential startup for business partners, tech/solution provider, innovation product, and others business opportunity.

3. Exhibition of Best Startup4Industry 2022 (09th-11th December 2022 — Fashion Atrium, Mall Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta Selatan)

The 20 Best Startup Finalists of the Startup4Industry Competition along with other MSMEs set up a booth at the IKMA 2022 Gebyar event. Director of Small and Medium Industries and Multifarious Industries of the Ministry of Industry (Dirjen IKMA) of the Ministry of Industry, Reni Yanita also visited the exhibition booth at the event.

Representing Indonesia at the COMEUP Global Startup Festival 2022 in South Korea

After becoming Ecothon 2022 Champion in the Indonesia Series in mid-2022, BANANA & Partners represented by Muhamad Rifqi Al-Ghifari and Karina Kristanti had the opportunity to attend the COMEUP (컴업) COMEUP Global Startup Festival 2022 in South Korea on 8–12 November 2022 at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park.

COMEUP (컴업) is a global startup festival that was born in 2019. Since its launch, COMEUP attracted +130,000 participants including +2,700 investors and +280 speakers. More than 270 promising startups pitched on the stage, having succeeded in after-event funding of +242M USD in total.

COMEUP aims to be the world’s most startup-led festival. All programs and events are fully led by startup founders and communities. It builds a global network of startup communities from around the world, helping their startup ecosystems grow and scale up, introducing promising early-stage startups with never-seen-before innovations.

BANANA & Partners was directly invited by ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC),ASEIC was established in 2011 to promote cooperation of green growth in Europe and Asia, with a particular emphasis on enhancing eco-innovation of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) ) in both regions. Agreeing on the importance of SMEs as main engines of innovation and growth, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) member countries joined together to establish ASEIC as an international platform for spreading eco-innovation principles and practices among SMEs and assisting them in harnessing the new business opportunities that arise out of such principles and practices.

On November 10, 2022, BANANA & Partners had the opportunity to pitch Investor Relations (IR) in front of three Korean stakeholders namely Brian Kim (CEO of Kim Venturous), Yoonmin Cho (Partners of Sopoong Ventures), and Alex Min (CEO of RE- Harvest). This time the pitching was brought by Karina Kristanti as the co-founder and Business Development of BANANA & Partners.

Apart from pitching, there are exhibitions and conferences filled with various Korean startups that have been funded from pre-series A to series C. Several large companies and venture capitals such as Samsung SecuritiesHyundai Motor Company (현대자동차)XnTREE ventures, 매쉬업엔젤스 (MashupAngels) , CNT Technologies www.cnttech.orgVentureSquareKT InvestmentMirae Asset Global Investments Holding Company, SparkLabs GroupKorea Investment PartnersStrong VenturesIMM Investment Corp.Dunamu & Partners, CJ Investment Inc., and many more. All of these events are supported by the South Korean Ministry of SMEs and Startups, the Korea Startup Forum, and SUP Kised Korea startup.

BANANA & Partners learned a lot from their trip to South Korea, and there are many more stories behind the struggle to continue to spread the benefits of #ForSustainableProsperity!

Digital Grounds and FGD for Greening The Startup Ecosystem (20th — 21st October 2022)

20th October 2022, BANANA & Partners attended the Digital Grounds: Towards A Green Digital Economy event organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH GIZ Indonesia, ASEAN & Timor-Leste. The DTC & Make-IT Project is implemented together with the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas Republic of Indonesia at Westin Jakarta. This event aims to support digital transformation in Indonesia through strengthening activities, including using digital technology and digital enablers.

The purpose of digital grounds activities is to share essential knowledge and facilitate the exchange of information between actors and stakeholders existing players in the ecosystem about the current status and strategies that support digitizing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs/UMKM) and developing green technology in Indonesia. In addition, this activity provides insights and journeys from UMKM, green technology startups, and the entity’s public organizations (civil society organizations/academics) to support UMKM in accelerating digital technology adoption.

Indonesia and Germany discussed strategies for accelerating digital transformation for UMKM and startups, particularly related to technological innovation for a green economy. The design will support preparing the Long-Term Development Plan 2025–2045 and the National Medium-Term Development Plan 2025–2029, particularly National Priority 5, Infrastructure to Support the Economy and Basic Services.

This event was attended by practitioners in UMKM and the Green Economy ecosystem consisting of public and private entities, among others: Government, Academics, Associations, Business Sector, business support organizations, technology pioneers (digital stay-up), and UMKM with interest in using technology digital for business, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in developing green technology.

21st October 2022, BANANA & Partners attended the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) event at CoHive 101 Mega Kuningan Jakarta. This event also invited other institutions from Government, Associations, and stakeholders, including Private Sector. In this event, we discussed Greening the Startup Ecosystem in Indonesia.

This FGD activity intends to formulate and map current conditions, such as challenges and lessons learned, to become inputs for appropriate support strategies and effective. This activity was carried out using a focus group discussion method so that participants and practitioners could exchange knowledge and collaboratively make strategic plans to improve and support Indonesia’s green technology start-up ecosystem.

BANANA & Partners, together with PANDORA, will continue to consider environmental aspects in driving economic growth to realize the principle of sustainability as one of the main goals.

#Sustainability #Digitalization #wastemanagement

BANANA & Partners become Innovation Ambassadors for Balikpapan City at MUSRENBANG CSR 2022

The Government of Balikpapan (Pemkot Balikpapan) held a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Development Planning Consultation/ Musyawarah Perencanaan Pembangunan (Musrenbang) at Grand Tjatra Hotel, Balikpapan, Monday 10 October 2022.

The series of events includes communication forum Tanggung Jawab Sosial Lingkungan Perusahaan (TJSLP), Festival Inovasi, Launching Rumah Inovasiku, and Balikpapan City Research and Development Dissemination in 2022.

The purpose of holding this event is to synergize Balikpapan Government’s priority development program with the Company’s CSR program which will strengthen collaboration for sustainable development, mutual benefit for the company, and benefit the people of Balikpapan. In addition, this event is also a strengthening of cooperation and dissemination of information and learning for companies in the implementation and development of CSR programs.

In the Innovation Festival series in this events, BANANA & Partners participated in the KRENOVA (Kreativitas dan Inovasi Masyarakat) Competition and set up a booth to introduce the company profile, PANDORA, innovation, and products. At the event, BANANA & Partners became The 1st Winner of KRENOVA Balikpapan City 2022 for the Community Category.

This winning is the first step for BANANA & Partners to continue to develop innovations for the community, especially in waste management. It is hoped that in the future, BANANA & Partners together with PANDORA Balikpapan can take care of the environment and are fully committed to collaborating together to realize the sustainable development of the City of Balikpapan.BANANA & Partners will also become Innovation Ambassadors for the City of Balikpapan who will be the representatives and also the face of the city’s innovation campaigns to the government, young people, to environmental activists or other innovators.

Thank you to Bappeda Litbang Balikpapan City for holding this event and inviting and attracting companies in Balikpapan City, to take care of the surrounding environment.

BANANA & Partners at The 80th-Anniversary of Bakrie Group

“Generasi Bangun Negeri”, an initiative program by the Bakrie Group to empower outstanding Indonesian youth. One of the programs is I-Start (Innovation Pitch Tech Startup) Competition which was held to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Bakrie Group.

Through this program, Bakrie Group provides facilities for the Indonesian younger generation to be able to contribute to answering the needs and solutions of the community in various sectors. I-Start invites startup businesses to pitch their ideas from various sectors through technology-based innovations and breakthroughs.

Ten sectors that are categorized as innovations including renewable energy, industrialization, digitalization, infrastructure, technology, media, agribusiness, property, telecommunications, health, and education

Jakarta, 28 September 2022

BANANA & Partners and 18 other semi-finalists did the first pitch which was to describe their startup. BANANA & Partners brings PANDORA, Pusat Industri Daur Oelang Rumahan which process waste into energy. The first pitch is done in an electric bus produced by VKTR Indonesia, which is one of the startups belonging to Bakrie Group. BANANA & Partners made it into the top 10 and move on to the next stage.

Through this competition, there are so many unique and brilliant ideas emerged from young people which then can help to answer the community’s needs and solutions. We are also given the opportunity to build networking, discuss for businesses, and exchange ideas and experiences with Bakrie Group and other finalists

Jakarta, 29 September 2022

On the 2nd day, at the networking session, we did business matching with the directors of Bakrie group to create valuable relationship and initiate innovative projects.

After networking session, Rifqi Al-Ghifari, CBO of BANANA & Partners did the final pitch and Q&A session with the judges for the final score. The judges of I-Start Competition are:

– Anindra Ardiansyah Bakrie (Ardi Bakrie) — Vice President Director/Co-CEO PT Bakrie & Brothers, Tbk

– Syailendra Surmansyah Bakrie (Eda Bakrie) — President Director/Chief Executive Officer, PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk

– Taufan Eko Nugroho Rotorasiko — Komisaris PT Multi Kontrol Nusantara

– Raden Aryo Febrian Moedanton S.M. M.M. — Dosen Program Studi Manajemen Universitas Bakrie

– Roy Hendrajanto M. Sakti — Director / Chief Financial Officer PT Bakrie & Brothers, Tbk

After going through a long selection process, finally BANANA & Partners became The 1st Winner of I-Start Competition 2022.

This is a big milestone for BANANA & Partners, so that in the future PANDORA can continue to grow and we can help the community through the solutions and innovations that we make.

BANANA & Partners would like to thank to Bakrie Group, and we look forward to working with Bakrie Group in order to be more present in society and the business world itself.

#Istart #GenerasiBangunNegeri #Bakrie80Tahun

BANANA & Partners Joins Enlit Asia 2022 in Bangkok Thailand

It all started with a dream, joining the big ecosystem in Enlit Asia, Bangkok, Thailand (BITEC, 20–22 September 2022)

Herry Wijaya (Left), Wildan Elsha (Centre), Rifqi Al-Ghifari (Right)

For BANANA & Partners this is a very big milestone, this is the first major exhibition that we are participating in overseas. As the Champion of Indonesia Energy Innovation Challenge 2022 from Energy Investment Management BV (Leon PullesAlifia Bintang Nugroho) , we got a golden ticket to open a booth, make presentations, and be a discussion panel in this event with Kent GoekingStefanie Mayr, and Prempreedee Kitirattrakarn.

Rifqi Al-Ghifari as Speaker at Panel Discussion

Connections, lessons and improvisation.
Three big things we got after meeting many big technology players such as WärtsiläIndonesia PowerPT PLN (Persero)Caltex Business Solutions — PakistanMitsubishi Power Asia PacificShell Lubricant SolutionsGESTEAG Energy Services GmbHBabcock & WilcoxPTT Group and so on. We see the trend of renewable energy that drives the change of the world’s economy into a green economy.

BANANA & Partners — Sharing on the booth with visitors

Technology Industry support in the renewable energy transition is something that absolutely must exist in this ecosystem, and it is at Enlit asia that you can see the vision and mission of each company reflected. Hydrogen, an energy source that is hailed as a future energy but is vulnerable because of its safety, is widely discussed here.

Business Matching With PLN and Indonesia Power

Connection and business matching.
Our goal is to connect in this event, we know we are small but we want to show that we should be considered his presence at this event. We met in business matching by many directors, investors, and also potential partners to discuss collaboration for our business. Next there will be a big episode from BANANA & Partners to continue to grow and develop to be big and bring Indonesia’s name on the world stage.

With Energy Investment mangement BV Teams (Leon Pules on the Left, Alifia Bintang on the Right)

Special Thanks to
PT Bayan Resources Tbk & PT Pertamina Patra Niaga
Muhamad Rifqi Al-Ghifariherry wijayaWildan Elsha
Thank you for continuing to be with us, support and bring us to the world stage.

Interview Stage with Enlit Asia Team

If you want to see the video documentation, you can visit

#technology #innovation #energy #sustainability #enlitasia #bangkok #BITEC #wastetoenergy

BANANA & Partners Win Shell Livewire Energy Solution 2022

Event Handled by PT Shell Indonesia

After almost 10 months from starting the registration of Shell Livewire Energy Solution 2022, BANANA & Partners was crowned the first winner beating almost 100 energy solution startups in Indonesia. BANANA & Partners, chaired by Muhamad Rifqi Al-Ghifari, brings solutions to the waste problem in Indonesia into an energy source that has an impact on reducing carbon emissions and local economic growth.

Announcement Day

BANANA & Partners sees the competition held by PT Shell Indonesia and Global as a big competition that will change the perspective of the startups who participate. “Shell Livewire Energy Solution is an event that young startup founders have been waiting for, especially in the energy sector because it is packaged in a marathon where those who can consistently grow, give 100% in this event, are the ones who will win.” Said Rifqi.

Final Judges — Shell Livewire Energy Solution 2022

The competition presented competent performers from Shell Indonesia, Clean Power Indonesia, Angel Investor, MDI Ventures, ITB, Kementerian Energi Dan Sumber Daya Mineral, and Shell Livewire alumni in previous years. In the top 10 stage, BANANA & Partners got a lot of input on how to pitch properly before a jury consisting of investors, regulators, practitioners, and also academics.

With the belief that waste-to-energy will have a social, economic, and environmental impact, BANANA & Partners wants to continue to contribute, accelerate, and also continue to grow into a business-sustainable startup.

Wildan (Left — CTO BANANA & Partners), Anita Setyorini (Centre — Shell Indonesia), Rifqi (Right — CBO BANANA & Partners)

Shells! Live! Wires!

#energy #business #startup #event #sustainableprosperity #energysolutions

Woman — Young, Smart and Powerful

Karina Kristanti

Young, Smart and Powerful

BANANA & Partners as a company that has the message and spirit of SDGs, one of which is women empowerment or gender equality, tries to continue to show that women can help accelerate renewable energy, reduce carbon emissions, and manage waste in a circular economy.

Karina Kristanti, one of the women who built BANANA & Partners from the start, has a message for women not to be afraid to be a mover and get out of their comfort zone. On 7–9 September 2022, Karina participated in an activity from 중소벤처기업진흥공단(Korea SMEs Startups Agency), Ministry of SMEs and Startup South Korea, KEMENKOPUKM, ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center (ASEIC)Shinhan Future’s Lab IndonesiaBank Shinhan IndonesiaGreen Business Center and Hanns Seidel Foundation, with the theme Korea-ASEAN Business Model Competition for SDGs at the Ayana Midplza Hotel, Jakarta. BANANA & Partners as the 1st winner of Ecothon Indonesia get a pass ticket to join the top 30 and qualify for the top 10 in this event.

The purpose of BANANA & Partners in joining multiple ecosystems is to find Partners. In accordance with his spirit, namely BANANA & “Partners” which means collaborating. In this agenda, Karina visited the Gojek Indonesia Office to see the success story and also a business visit. Through Karina, BANANA & Partners wants to create an inclusive ecosystem within the company’s internal and wider business ecosystem. We want to form individuals who can be thinkers of existing solutions, reliable business executioners, and narrators for sustainability ecosystems.

If you want to be the next karina, we really have a collaboration space open!

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