“The only way to success is learning by doing,” said 21-year-old Grey Sikome in his passionate presentation about how Humber’s Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) has made a difference in his life.
He is one of the more than 8,000 students who have been impacted by SEDS – a project that has been sending Business School faculty to universities in Indonesia to improve their entrepreneurship curriculum and teaching methods. Grey, along with another student and a lecturer from Indonesia, flew to Canada for 10 days to participate in International Development Week and speak on this year’s theme of "Developing the World’s Youth: Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Employment."
Grey spoke about his experience starting up a souvenir business which he launched after taking the entrepreneurship courses. “By starting a new business, I realize I can make new relationships with stakeholders and help other persons to have a job,” he said. Today, he and his business partners are making $490 a month, which they reinvest back into the business. Balancing both school and his new venture has its challenges, but with the help of the SEDS-trained faculty who are now business coaches, he is well supported to grow the business.
Thanks to the Business School, SEDS is helping Indonesian students forge a new path for their future in a country where the youth unemployment is 20 per cent, the highest in the region. For the full story about Grey, and to learn more, watch the new video called "Entrepreneurs of Sulawesi."