Visiting a new place in town where new business ideas are born and created...
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 3x2-meter 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.
Make It True
The selected tenants can also use the Makerspace which, just like the name, functions as a room to turn ideas into reality. Aside from Co-Office and Makerspace, the Jakarta government also provides various equipment in three different room categories: the digital printing space, the fashion space, and the wood space. Each room has complete facilities – for instance, the digital printing space has a replicator, the fashion space has a sewing machine, while the wood space has a laser cut machine.
As if that’s not enough, the JCH has three classrooms that can accommodate from 30 to 100 people, each one is perfect for various events like seminars and workshops. And the good news is every Jakarta residents can use these classrooms for free as long as the event is related to a creative industry.
The JCH also often showcases an exhibition. Just a couple of days prior to my visit, the JCH displayed a number of artworks by one of the housewives at Marunda low-cost apartment. This collaborative work between a textile brand Sejauh Mata Memandang and Dekranasda aims to help empower stay-at-home mothers who live in the low-cost apartments in Jakarta.
The creative industry in Jakarta is still developing, and the support of the local government is very much needed to help this industry grow. After my visit, I hope that in time the JCH will not only provide the space and facilities, but also help the young generation to promote and sell their products.
Jakarta Creative Hub
Grha Niaga Thamrin, level one
Jalan K.H. Mas Mansyur, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta
As a co-working space, the JCH welcomes everyone. The space provides high-speed internet, comfortable tables and chairs, and a spacious library. With complete facilities like this, the JCH aims to inspire the young generation in the capital city to be more creative.