Surabaya first creative city in Indonesia


Surabaya creative

With modern skyscrapers standing alongside canals and buildings from its Dutch colonial past, Surabaya is a city of contrasts where the future mingles with the past in absolute harmony. What once was a trading hub for the illustrious inland empires of Java is now a modern industrial city and the economic and trading centre of the province. Situated on the mouth of the Brantas river, this vibrant metropolis is a port city on the Indonesian island of Java and it is home to a sprawling Chinatown and an Arab Quarter whose Ampel Mosque was built in the 15th century.

But Surabaya has an added symbolic value as it houses the Tugu Pahlawan (Heroes Monument), which honours the independence battles waged in Surabaya's streets back in 1945. That is one of the reasons the mayor of this metropolis has targeted the East Java provincial capital to be first city in Indonesia to house the Startup Nation Summit. Through this summit, the City of Heroes becomes the first creative city in Indonesia.
Tri Rishmahrini (Risma), the mayor of Surabaya, stated: "Surabaya has been well known in ASEAN and Asia but not yet in part of European countries and others, and so, the Startup Nation Summit will be the right moment to make it a creative city."
Named second runner-up for World's Best Mayor in 2015 by Fortune Magazine, Rishmaharini is determined to turn the city of 3.5 million into a thriving hub for entrepreneurs. One of her initiatives is called Start Surabaya and is the first city-level tech startup incubator in Indonesia centred on creative entrepreneurs in digital industries.
This is an exciting year for the Startup Nation Summit as 2018 is meant to look different from previous years. That is why the City Government of Surabaya made it its mission to package the even with the nuances of today, called Innovation Creative Digital Industry.
Over 180 delegates from a myriad of countries flock to The Startup Nation Summit to collaborate with the digital creative industry event with millennial nuances. This innovation creative event is tasked to present different topics, including music performance, digital art, community activity, virtual reality, interactive zone workshop and interactive game.
Tri Rishmahrini noted, “to be presented with many events, we hope all ages can join, because our target is to attract one million visitors.” Risma's master plan is to incorporate the Startup Nation Summit with creative digital agenda to realize Surabaya as the first creative city in Indonesia, to foster the startup world of Surabaya, and to put the City of Heroes on the world map.
The promotion of the event will be carried out through promotional media, mass mobilization, poster billboards, and flyers in schools.
Funded and co-hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Startup Nations is an initiative run by the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The Startup Nations Summit website claims that the event “gathers a network of entrepreneurship policy shapers from around the world to identify, test and track innovative policy levers and smart public sector driven programmes for new and young businesses.”
The announcement of Surabaya becoming the host of the 2018 SMS comes after the Global Entrepreneurship Network announced its intentions to expand its efforts to help policymakers navigate a fast-changing environment for public policy and entrepreneurship. One of the main objectives of the Summit is to detect the most promising efforts to bring before a gathering of government ministers months later at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Apart from those gatherings, the Global Entrepreneurship Network has begun to roll out a series of policy panels and policy hackathons at all levels to facility broad knowledge sharing.
“Many government leaders have demonstrated a commitment to settling a policy environment that allows entrepreneurship to flourish,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “Startup Nations is our commitment to help them identify and implement policies and programmes that can provide meaningful impact.”
Previous summits have been held in Toronto in 2012, Kuala Lumpur in 2013, Seoul in 2014, Monterrey in 2015 and Cork in 2016 and most recently in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2017. Each year, the summit represents the official closing of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which houses 35,000 events, activities and competitions held in more over 170 countries around the world. This summit is aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.


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