5 Women Entrepreneurs You Need To Know In Indonesia
Indonesia is set to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2050, according to accounting firm PWC. As the country continues to grow into a major global player, its ability to retain and attract female entrepreneurs has also grown––which will be vital for its continued economic growth.
Indonesian women achieved "gender equality in entrepreneurial activity rate" in 2019, according to the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs, with their numbers growing in recent years.
But in Indonesia as well as the rest of the world, women entrepreneurs still face gender-based barriers. The World Bank, for example, highlights the financing gap faced by women-owned enterprises, identifying it as one of the highest-return opportunities available in emerging markets such as Indonesia.
Whether through fashion startups or e-commerce companies, here are five Indonesian women on the Gen.T List who are working to smash the glass ceiling.
Chrisanti Indiana is the co-founder of popular e-commerce company Sociolla, which sells highly coveted cosmetics from more than 140 brands, with a product range of about 3,000 items. Founded in 2014, Sociolla's recent Series D round of funding has placed it firmly on the "aspiring unicorn" track.
The CEO of both beauty clinic Vinski Tower and private jet and helicopter vendor Aero Queen, Natasha Vinski started her first business at 17 years old, when she founded fashion label Foxxy. In 2011, she also founded NGO Love Humanity NCV, with the aim of providing medical aid and education to the less privileged.
One of Indonesia’s most successful fashion and e-commerce figures, Carline Darjanto launched her company Cotton Ink in 2010. The fashion brand is renowned for its affordable yet comfortable style as well as its use of locally sourced fabrics. Darjanto aims to continue creating sustainable clothing alongside local partners, becoming Indonesia’s answer to H&M or Uniqlo.
Fenessa Adikoesoemo is behind the success of Museum Macan, Indonesia’s first international contemporary art museum. The chairwoman of the Museum Macan Foundation, she also oversaw the installation of the renowned Infinity Room by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Anandita Makes Adoe
Anandita Makes Adoe is the CFO of Plataran Hotels & Resorts, as well as the founder of popular French bakery Passionnée, which opened in 2014. Adoe is well-known for her work ethic, waking up every day at 1am to bake pastries for her bakery until 6am, before heading to work at Plataran. She says she aims to use Plataran “to showcase the best of Indonesia while bettering the lives of Indonesians.”
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