UNAIR NEWS – Another excellent achievement has been made by students of Universitas Airlangga. This time, three UNAIR students won second place in an entrepreneurship competition held in Universitas Sriwijaya, on Sunday, October 30. They presented an iconic feminine bag made of coconut hard shell.
The three students taking part in an entrepreneurship competition called “Business Plan Competition Sriwijaya: Inovasi Pengusaha Muda dalam Mengembangkan Produk Budaya Lokal” were Heti Kristina (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FKH) /2013), Vincentius Chrisma (FKH/2014), and Ayunda Zilul (Faculty of Public Health (FKM) /2013).
Coconut shell bag branded Bag Coco Art was presented in the competition which lasted for five days from October 27 to October 31 2016. In the qualifying round, there were hundreds of participants. In the final round, there were 12 finalists, one of them was Heti’s team.
Before the final, every participant is asked to send their business proposals. They were then presented and reviewed by the judges. In the competition, they chose product innovation and craft for their sub topic. Heti said that Bag Coco Art is an innovation she created for Entrepreneurial Students Program (PMW) in 2015.
“Bag Coco Art was our bag production we created from PMW in 2015,” said Heti.
Beside business proposals, the finalists were given a problem on how to improve economic productivity in a village. They chose to solve it through their discipline, veterinary medicine.
“How to innovate so the locals can be more productive. For the business case, we developed an intergrated farm. It’s Integrated Breeding Village for Muara Penimbung Ilir village in South Sumatera. We brought the topic because our discipline is veterinary medicine,” said Heti.
Beside a business case proposition, they also had a quiz in entrepreneurship which tested their knowledge and teamwork. It was called “Sharpening Knowledge” and it tested the participants’ knowledge in business, general knowledge and regional arts.
Asked about tips and tricks to achieve success, the student in the last year of her study said teamwork and team unity. She admitted that it was a great challenge for her and team as they did not have any business and economics background.
“Our basic discipline is not business or economics, we only have our teamwork and unity. It was our first time to explore things outside our discipline, such as business case which we do not have any basic knowledge on it. Including sharpening, that’s why we study business first,” admitted Heti. (*)
Author : Defrina Sukma S
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh