Business Competition for Climate Friendly Community Businesses in Simpang Dua and Sungai Pelang Sub-landscapes, Ketapang District to Address Key Landscape Challenges

Business Competition for Climate Friendly Community Businesses in Simpang Dua and Sungai Pelang Sub-landscapes, Ketapang District to Address Key Landscape Challenges

Indonesia - 16 April, 2021

MoMo4C is a five-year program (2020-2024) that aims to bring together entrepreneurs, corporates, policymakers, investors and civil society organisations to make green business propositions. This program is being implemented in six landscapes by Tropenbos Ghana, A Rocha Ghana, WWF Cameroon, Ecotrust Uganda, WWF Mozambique, and Tropenbos Indonesia to tackle the impacts and causes of climate change at a landscape level in developing countries, contribute to climate-resilience and (gender) inclusive, sustainable development in the landscapes where they are proposed, and attract investments to implement these initiatives. MoMo4C has an annual award scheme designed to support and develop local businesses that have positive impacts on the economy, livelihoods, and the environment.

Tropenbos Indonesia in Ketapang District, West Kalimantan conducted a KURRI (Business Competition for Climate Friendly Community Businesses) to encourage local small-scale entrepreneurs to professionalise and scale up their businesses by building their capacity, provide them with technical assistance, and to facilitate linkages to responsible buyers and potential investors.

During a pre-selection stage, 14 potential community business were identified and training was delivered to them to develop business plans in April 2021 in Ketapang. Tropenbos Indonesia will continue the intensive technical facilitation to each community business to finalize their business plan during the period of April-May 2021. By the beginning of June 2021, an expert panel consisting of representatives from government (Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Industry and Trade Agency, and Agriculture and plantation Agency), local financial institutions (Credit Union, branch office of a national bank), and local smallholder business practitioner, will assess participants’ business plans, both on paper as well as in the field, and select the 5 most promising business cases.

The selected finalists will be provided with support packages to implement their business plans throughout the period of June-October 2021, including technical assistance, tools and materials support, and linkages to relevant stakeholders that are beneficial for the business development. By November 2021, all finalists will join an exhibition where they can showcase their businesses and meet with potential investors and buyers.

A winner will be selected by the expert panel and TI team from amongst all finalists; the business that shows the best progress throughout the implementation of their business plans covering production, marketing, finance, and management aspects as well as the one that have the most significant impacts towards landscape objectives. An appropriate award will be available, tailored to the specific needs of the winner, that is beneficial for the further development of their business as identified in the earlier stages. Since 2021 is the first year of KURRI business competition, Tropenbos Indonesia will continue with follow up support for the alumni to monitor the progress and impacts, as well as to established a strong community business network that can inspire other community businesses and attract more participants in the next cycle of the competition in the upcoming years.

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