5 Questions with Faye Wongso, Community Leader

Jul 28, 2021

Faye Wongso is CEO & Cofounder KUMPUL.ID | Startup & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder | Empowers 70+ Hubs in 34 Cities in Indonesia 🇮🇩 | @kumpulco

President of Coworking Indonesia Association | the largest community of Indonesia's coworking players | Building awareness of coworking, innovation and creative economy | @coworkingid

Strategic Partner, Mentor & Advisor for 1000startupdigital.id Min.of ICT | bekup.kemenparekraf.go.id Min.of Tourism & Creative Economy | Startup4Industry Ministry of Industry | Founder's Institute

Ecosystem partner & Mentor for Google for Startups Accelerator | Women Lead for Google Business Group.

40 Women Leaders Shaping Gender Lens Investing (GLI) Practice in Indonesia by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and ANGIN, 2020.

Member of the Loan Approval Committee (LAC) for the Investing in Women (IW) funding under the BIDUK program, implemented by Athena Global Alliance, Inc.

01. How did you get involved in Techstars Startup Programs?

Country Partner and Expert Mentor for Techstars. Growing Startup Weekend Indonesia since 2018. Trained 100+organizers and facilitators in 30+ cities | @startupweekendindonesia

02. How have Techstars Startup Programs impacted your life?

It becomes our funneling to grow the pre-startup awareness and community in Indonesia.

03. Why are you passionate about entrepreneurship?

I see that entrepreneurship is the main key to boost economic development, and only with economic development we can grow as society and create more innovation, welfare, education etc. But to have a healthy rate of entrepreneurs, we need to work on the ecosystem and for a country as big as Indonesia not everyone has the access of up-skilling programs, network of mentors, channel of opportunities and/or funding.

04. How else are you involved in your community's startup ecosystem?

Kumpul empowers 70 hubs in 34 cities across Indonesia, focusing on entrepreneurship program and ecosystem. We are the strategic partner and advisor for seven Ministries and run programs for digital startups, creative talents and SMEs.

05. What's next for your community's entrepreneurship ecosystem?

KUMPUL Accelerator.