UNS — The Vocational School (SV) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta has eight teams passed into the Vocational Students Entrepreneurship Program (PWMV) 2021. In the announcement from the Directorate of Vocational Higher Education and Profession Directorate General of Vocational Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbud Ristek) RI, Friday (28/5/2021), SV UNS has more teams and total funding compared to SV Universitas Indonesia (UI), SV Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), and SV Universitas Airlangga (Unair) Surabaya. This achievement is laudable considering the young age of SV UNS which is established in 2019.

PWMV is a competition held to prepare excellent and competitive human resources in Indonesia and encourage entrepreneurial development from university students, especially those that run a vocational program (PTPPV).

The eight teams from SV UNS proposed five culinary businesses, one manufacturing business, one agricultural business, and one creative industry business. These teams are Tentang Kita, Popopaw, Wuluh Healthy Drink, Miyago Naknan (Mi Ayam Goreng Enak Tenan), DEAR Chips, Kotak Mas Rum, Keripik Tempe Cokordang, and OUTERS (Outfit for Teenagers). Seven teams won IDR 10 million funding, and Kotak Mas Rum Team won IDR 15 million funding.

The supervisor of the Popopaw team, Maeda Dicky Candra, S. M., M. Sc, stated the target set by SV UNS is to support student’s business continuity in the future. PWMV is also a starting point for SV UNS teams to get familiar with types of business, business concepts, and business risks. “Therefore, through PWMV, students are encouraged that more SV UNS graduates take a role as an entrepreneur,” Maeda Dicky Candra, S. M., M. Sc., said.

He explained that SV UNS had started the preparation for PWMV in March by participating in socialization through the YouTube channel. Twenty-one PWMV SV UNS teams then participated in an online workshop on 5-6 April 2021. The teams also received a briefing from the Directorate on generating business ideas and maintaining a business. During the supervision process, students were encouraged to develop their proposals with a detailed business plan. Maeda Dicky Candra, S. M., M. Sc encouraged the Popopaw team to describe the actual condition and the vision of their business. He added that Popopaw has a unique product that poses a little challenge in preparing an interesting proposal.

“The challenge was in proposal detail. But the students have developed complete ideas before the consultation process. The product isn’t pricey, easy to make, and they have a solid team. Thus, it was easy supervision,” he added.

Maeda Dicky Candra, S. M., M. Sc hoped that students could propose a more diverse business types and not focus on culinary in the future. He also encouraged students to become an entrepreneur to get “friendly with risk”. Humas UNS

Reporter: Yefta Christopherus AS
Editor: Dwi Hastuti

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