THE CREATIVE MIND
VISITING A NEW PLACE IN TOWN WHERE NEW BUSINESS IDEAS ARE BORN AND CREATED…
Visiting Jakarta Creative Hub
Jakarta now seems to be friendlier to the young generation who are eager to run their own creative business. In the middle of the busy Tanah Abang area, Jakarta Creative Hub (JCH) stands in the heart of the capital city. The new modern space is established by the Jakarta administration officials to nurture the creativity of the young people and to support the city’s creative industry. It didn’t take long for the JCH to become the talk of the town, and that intrigued me even more to pay the place a visit.
THE ‘IT’ SPACE
Managed by the Jakarta Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Agency (UMKM) together with Jakarta Council for National Handicrafts (Dekranasda), the JCH officially opened last March. Ever since then, many Jakarta residents joined the selection to use the space as their office or simply use its other facilities to work.
It was easy to see why this new place has become the new ‘it’ in
town in such a short time. Visually, the JCH has a fresh look with minimalist interior design. The walls are dominated with grey and white. With a modern industrial concept, it is pretty hard to believe that JCH is a part of the local government program.
However, the JCH is more than just a community for the creative people. The JCH is not only a working space, but is also a place to make their ideas come true, to create new things, and even to sell the goods they made. During my visit, some young people were seen walking back and forth along the corridor, while another group was running a meeting inside the 3x2meter room which they called office space. The room number and the name of their business is written on a sign boards displayed on the various office doors.
ARE YOU IN?
The JCH has 12 office rooms called Co-Office. These Co-Office are all currently occupied by 12 tenants. They are all running a business in different sectors – from fashion to interior design, architecture and arts and crafts – but they share one common thing; they all have passed the selection criteria before they can use the Co-Office.
The requirements for selection are pretty simple; people in charge of each tenant have to have a Jakarta ID card, and the business they run should be a startup that has been established in less than three years. The candidates should also present their business plan for the next three years, and the business must be a part of the creative industry. They can present a portfolio showing their qualities and good will to contribute to the JCH community. And since JCH provides the space, the tenants must have no official office before.
After the candidates submitted their documents with all of those requirements, the Jakarta UMKM agency and Dekranasda made the call. And it’s only then that the selected candidates can use the creative economy space for free – because the spaces are subsidized by the local government – until September 2017.
Jakarta Creative Hub makes a good place for startup companies to run their businesses.