SEMARANG – Diponegoro University (Undip) held a Webinar of Role of Alumni in Development of Diponegoro University Students in 2021 on Thursday (17/06) at 10.00 AM virtually through Zoom meeting application organized by the Undip Student Affairs Academic Administration Bureau.

This webinar entitled “Digital Marketplace Platform and Sharia-based Short-Term Investment Services for the Agricultural, Fisheries and Livestock Commodity Distribution Sectors” which is expected to build industrial and entrepreneurial atmosphere in the form of a Start-Up, which surely must be supported by all major components at Diponegoro University. The aim of this webinar is to attract alumni to invest, to provide advice and input for the development of Start-Ups at Undip and to inspire students to develop their Start-Ups.

The webinar was opened with remarks from Undip Rector represented by Vice Rector I for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Budi Setiyono, S.Sos., M.Pol., Admin, Ph.D. He conveyed this event is interesting to attract investment and to create synergy between alumni and Undip by introducing the Makarya application created by Hendriy. “This morning we talked about a very interesting and promising business prospect that we can invest in for Undip family and the general public,” said Prof. Budi. It is hoped to be the proof that Undip big family can create start-up that can have prospects. “Before investing, it is necessary to know the intricacies of the governance of investment and to trust that the investment is safe, trustworthy, and profitable,” he continued.

Makarya is a digital service platform in the field of distribution and short-term investment to empower farmer groups to become entrepreneurial groups that build synergies with local distributors.

The CEO of Makarya, Hendriy Rinaldi Setiawan, who is still a student of Faculty of Animal and Agricultural Sciences Undip, explained that farmers still sell their harvests at low prices and the very long distribution chain has a significant effect on very high market price fluctuations. Therefore, it is important to build a synergy of important elements between farmers, distributors who are connecting farmers with customers and investors to be able to make profits on these three elements. “The way we work is to look for farmer groups with potential commodities, appoint 1 or 2 people from farmer groups as distributor coordinators who will collect harvested commodities from farmers. The funds from investors then distributed by distributors to farmers whose commodities will be sold to customers,” said CEO of Makarya.

This webinar received a response from Mr. Beni Ohorella, Alumni of Undip Electrical Engineering 1990 who was interested in collaborating with Makarya. “If I could find out the detailed process, I would be very interested in bringing Makarya to Kuningan,” said Mr. Beni. CEO of Makarya, Hendriy revealed that Makarya is very open to collaboration with private and government agencies as well as individuals.

It is hoped that this webinar can inspire young people to take an active role in advancing the Indonesian nation. (Indra-PR)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)