Successful young entrepreneurs in Indonesia who can inspire us all.


Many successful entrepreneurs in Indonesia are successfully running their businesses at a very young age. Hard work, unyielding, tenacity, and strong determination make these young entrepreneurs achieve success. These young entrepreneurs are engaged in various fields, from culinary business to building a digital startup.

As we know, there are now many startup companies in Indonesia that contribute to the progress of the Indonesian economy. Not a few of these startups were built and led by young entrepreneurs who started businesses from scratch. Even some startup entrepreneurs have succeeded in making their companies win the title of Indonesian unicorn.

To reach the point of success now, these young entrepreneurs in Indonesia have different backgrounds and aspirations. Here are some successful young entrepreneurs in Indonesia who can inspire us all.


James Prananto (Kopi Kenangan)

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James Prananto and his two colleagues Cynthia Chaerunnisa and Edward Tirtanata, are young startup entrepreneurs from Indonesia who have successfully created a modern coffee milk business called Kopi Kenangan. James, Cynthia, and Edward first opened their Kopi Kenangan business in 2017 at the Standard Chartered Tower, South Jakarta.

Having a delicious and refreshing taste of milk coffee, the name Kopi Kenangan is starting to be known and loved by coffee lovers. Until now, Kopi Kenangan already has approximately 83 coffee outlets spread across eight cities in Indonesia. Not long ago, Kopi Kenangan even received an injection from several prominent investors. One of them comes from Arrive, a fundraising platform run by Jay-Z's company, Roc Nation.


Ali Muharam (Makaroni Ngehe)

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For Jakartans who love snacking, of course, they are familiar with this savoury and addictive snack brand. The figure behind the success of Makaroni Ngehe is Ali Muharram. A young entrepreneur from Tasikmalaya, also a former high school graduate and office boy who worked in Bogor. Ali has also worked in a bank canteen in Jakarta.

Although his life at that time was difficult, Ali had a dream to become an entrepreneur. With a capital of Rp 20 million, which he borrowed from a friend, Ali opened a spicy macaroni business using a cart in the West Jakarta area. During the eight months of saving from his company, Ali managed to expand his business. From this macaroni business, this young entrepreneur has tasted a turnover of up to Rp 3 billion.


Dea Valencia (Batik Kultur)

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Dea Valencia's name began to soar when she decided to enter the world of the fashion business. Dea started a Batik Kultur business in the Semarang area when she was 19 years old. Her unique and creative ideas in designing a batik turned out to be of great interest to many people. At a very young age, Dea has managed to become a successful businessman in the fashion sector. The turnover of the Batik Kultur business itself has reached hundreds of millions per month.


Angky William (Stoqo)

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Angky William is the Co-founder of a supplier application that provides various essential ingredients such as meat, vegetables, and necessities called Stoqo. Previously, Angky had served as an engineer at Amazon. But he chose to leave and set up his own business in Indonesia. Stoqo itself has helped tens of thousands of customers in Indonesia. This application, which provides the needs of culinary companies, has been downloaded by more than 50 thousand people on the Play Store.


Reza Nurhilman (Maicih)

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The name Reza Nurhilman may still sound foreign to many people because it is less exposed. However, his products are already very familiar in Indonesia. If you are a fan of spicy snacks, you must be familiar with Maicih chips.

Yup, these spicy chips are a food product belonging to Reza Nurhilman. The man born in 1987 started the Maicih chips business in 2010. Initially, the chips he sold were only marketed in the Bandung area through social media. This is where the name Maicih began to be known and attracted many people. Now you can find Maicih in minimarkets.


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