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GrabSchool Returns to Mold Entrepreneurial Spirit at Early Age

Following its success last year, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, brought back its enrichment one-day workshop, GrabSchool, to Indonesia on Sunday. Collaborating with YCAB Foundation, the workshop focused on flourishing entrepreneurial spirit among Grab drivers and bikers’ children.

Bandung, 26 March 2017 – Following its success last year, Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, brought back its enrichment one-day workshop, GrabSchool, to Indonesia on Sunday. Collaborating with YCAB Foundation, the workshop focused on flourishing entrepreneurial spirit among Grab drivers and bikers’ children.

 As many as 100 Grab drivers and bikers’ children aged 12 to 18 years, joined GrabSchool that was held in Bandung, West Java. The workshop, themed “Grab Your Chance: Designing Business, Designing Life”, introduced the idea of embracing entrepreneurship at a very early age in an effort to boost their confidence and show them that being a successful entrepreneur was a viable future for them in the 21st century. The workshop also focused on the pros and cons of choosing a life as an entrepreneur and how a business can be built from scratch.

“GrabSchool is our way to invest in the future of our drivers and bikers’ children’s future. We believe that by providing them the opportunity to build confidence and teaching them the technical know-how, they can be successful entrepreneurs in the future,” said Ridzki Kramadibrata, Managing Director of Grab Indonesia.

“Indonesia is eyeing to be the largest digital economy in Southeast Asia by 2020 by developing supportive startup ecosystem. GrabSchool helps achieve that goal by planting the seed of entrepreneurial spirit to children so that when their time comes, they are ready to set up businesses and utilize digital technology to solve problems in the society while at the same time make profits,” he added.

Among the activities of the workshop, the participants were taught the basics of creating a business. The participants were then divided into ten groups. They were asked to create a restaurant with menus and prices and then present them to all participants in the most compelling way. Through this simulation, the participants learned how to plan, create and sell a business.

Ilham, 16, one of participants said that he was very happy joining the workshop because it gave him confidence that he could be good entrepreneur in the future. “Through this workshop, I can deepen my knowledge about entrepreneurship. I now know how to create a business, from creating good products to ensuring their distribution to customers,” he continued.

Another participant, Atthariq, 18, said after joining GrabSchool he now had better understanding about how to run a business. “Now we have more motivation to be a businessman when we grow up,” he emphasized.

GrabSchool is a series of one-day workshops designed to empower children of Grab drivers and bikers to embrace entrepreneurship and shape their own future in the 21st century. There will be three more GrabSchool workshops this year. At the next workshop, the children will be introduced to the idea of merging technology and entrepreneurship. This will be followed by financial responsibility and business management skills workshops and its relationship to entrepreneurship.

Launched in 2015, GrabSchool is a regional program and one of many driver-centric initiatives that Grab has run throughout Southeast Asia. Elite Driver and Biker program was also launched in Indonesia in 2015 to promote and reward Grab’s most active drivers and bikers who meet the company’s highest service standard. As of today, nearly 700 Grab drivers’ children have participated in GrabSchool across Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

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