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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.


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.


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.

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