Blue Revolution: JALA Team Represents Indonesia at the Start-up Accelerator Program in Bergen, Norway

April 13, 2018 - News

The Blue Revolution refers to the technological advancements to increase aquaculture productions throughout the world that started in the 1960s. This phenomenon is marked by the increased intensification of fish and shrimp productions. To succeed in such a system, water must be closely monitored to ensure that the optimal conditions in the ponds have been achieved.

JALA team (jala.tech) strives to provide fish farmers with the latest tools to manage their ponds optimally by developing a real-time monitoring system through the Internet of Things (IoT) platform. And our efforts did not go unnoticed. Liris Maduningtyas explains: “The HATCH team reached out to us through their newsletter. We then applied (to their start-up accelerator program) and went through the selection process. From this global selection, there are seven start-ups currently in Bergen.”

The HATCH team, as described on their website is the first in the world to promote the advancement of start-ups in the field of aquaculture. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, this team is positioned to provide the environment needed for innovative aquaculture practioners to develop and collaborate on their ideas. The capital of Norway aquaculture, Bergen hosts many leading aquaculture companies, such as NCE Seafood, Cargill, Marine Harvest, Leroy, etc. Moreover, the HATCH team itself was founded by Dr. Carsten Krome, a scientist in the forefront of aquaculture research, and many experts in venture capitals.

JALA team is represented by Liris Maduningtyas, Syauqy Nurul Aziz, and Aryo Wiryawan. The other start-up teams are Algae Pro ( Norway), Aqua connect (India), Manolin (US), Sensaway (Portugal), TradeIT (UK), and Verifik (Thailand/France). These seven start-ups receive mentoring from the HATCH accelerator team for three months, starting in 1 April to 28 June 2018 in team building to financial management. They are also introduced to related stakeholders as well as companies and investors in the aquaculture industry. Mr. Wirawan describes the experience: “Work ethics, passion, and focus are the aspects implemented in this acceleration program. The mentors encourage and are directly involved in solving problems faced by start-ups in the field.

In addition to mentoring, the participating teams visit many aquaculture facilities in Bergen. They tour salmon farms to learn about the aquaculture processes and technologies, such as online monitoring, water-parameter gauges, feeding machines, harvesting equipment, vaccination apparatus and other supporting tools.

JALA team hopes to be able to use the knowledge gained in this program to sharpen the focus of the business model, so that it becomes better structured and contributes significantly to the Indonesian aquaculture industry.

(Ras)

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