Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
CORe Lab (Collaborative Open Research Lab) is a startup idea that aims to connect researchers with innovative ideas in need of funding to business/industry sector investors and public donors. We are creating a platform for researchers to open crowdfunding project both for public to donate and for business/industry sector to invest, to publish their work/ideas, to open up new networks and collaboration opportunities, to learn how to make their research into scientific product (be it papers, patents, prototype, technology, even commercial products) and attractive enough for the investors and donors to fund through training materials we provide. This platform will enable business/industry sector to quickly find relevant research aligned to their interest, and to connect to potential brilliant minds (backed-up with their history of scientific projects in the platform). This will eventually benefit them by effectively cutting down RnD costs by simply investing and avoid building everything and buying the equipment from zero. On the other hand, public will also be able to get a whole new exposure of innovative ideas in a platform exclusive for building a scientific community. The people would be able to collaborate in the research, be it through helping their publication or through donating, and get a chance of various benefits offered by the researchers for their participation. We believe that our platform will benefit a lot of stakeholders, boosting research quality and quantity, and in turn, bring a lot of innovative ideas into a realizations. You have ideas to fight climate change and to minimize waste? Wanna find out how our surroundings perceive vulnerable groups and ways to build a better community? FEAR NO MORE that your ideas only kept as dreams, because in Collaborative Open Research Lab, we believe that your ideas are valuable. Let us realize it together!
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
CORe Lab supports SDGs No.8 (Economic Growth) and No.9 (Innovation). Economic growth is an important parameter for a countrys development. One of the most significant factor to support it is research and development (R&D). Quality research that produce innovations is the key to make R&D valuable and sustainable. We believe that research and innovation are main keys to be addressed if we want to achieve SDGs in every field, as innovation give leverages to solve various problems. A productive research and innovation environment will boost the nations development, economy, business/industry, education, etc. R&D in Indonesia is not in a good condition. There are several problems underlying this condition, e.g. low research funding (low GDP ratio for R&D), low researcher number per million inhabitants, unfunded research, and unsustainable research products. We help researchers (specifically Indonesian) to get the required research fund for them to conduct a quality research which in turn produce innovations. In the other hand, we also try help industry/business to find research aligned with their interest, allowing them to invest and effectively cut down companys R&D budget with outsource research. We also propose a potential funding source: public donation. This way, every person may contribute directly to various research projects, be it about physics, medicine, nature conservation, gender equality, etc., helping the country to achieve SDGs in various field. CORe Lab provides various modules from how to create research impactful and sustainable to how to get funding. These modules available free for our users in CORe Lab platform. We also integrate research media platform to promote our researchers projects and give news about latest research to public. We expect our platform give measurable positive impacts, amongst them are the increase of research funding and researcher number. Get further insight on how we achieve SDGs in bit.ly/coreimpact and bit.ly/corebenefit
Plans for implementation and sustainability
CORe Lab utilizes mobile app and website as a platform to connect our 3 main users: researchers, public donors, and business/industry. Currently, we are on a phase of prototype building and market validation. We expect to acquire our first researcher by the end of 2019 and launch the first research funding program in March 2020. Our revenue will mainly come from the 5% charge of crowdfunding program and paid ads from investor (i.e. research competition, research grants). Currently, we have no competitor in research crowdfunding. There are indeed crowdfunding platform competitors, however they mainly focus on social programs. It is recorded that 1,997,363 Indonesians have already participated in online crowdfunding programs. To better develop our business, we plan to join startup incubator from the campus, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). During this time, we plan to build partnership with UGM. Being reputable as top university in Indonesia who support research, we expect to gain student and academics/practitioner researchers from UGM as early users. By mid-2020, we aim to join national student science program competition as a mean to both promote our startup and to acquire a national scale new users. If the plan goes well, we will also be able to be recognized and gain governments interest. From here thereon, we expect that our scientific community platform will become well-known and quickly establish a strong researcher funding, publication, and networking platform. As soon as our business has been legally established, we plan to immediately propose a partnership with one of e-money provider in Indonesia to enable our user easily donate with e-money. Further, we will also regularly look for companies concerned in R&D and link them to researchers in our platform on a regular basis. Another company development plans will be conducted accordingly. Find details on how we work at bit.ly/corehow
CORe Lab is founded by a team of 6 Indonesians. Bambang Wisanggeni DNS (founder), a bachelor of engineering researcher with experiences in organizational management and project management, acting as manager; Wahdan A. Syaehuddin (founder), a bachelor of engineering with a previous experience as a startup FEO, in charge of research and development; Daniel S. Hadinata and Firdausya Aghnia Chaerani (co-founders) undergraduate students with experience in business accounting and marketing, in charge of marketing strategy; Gia B. Rabbani and M. Akmal Fadhlurrahman (co-founders), IT undergrads in charge of front-end and back-end development. Having the same alma mater in one of the top university in Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, we experience and know the bitter side of our country research and development. We take the advantage on the fact that our campus situated in a city full of students and researches. We realize that brilliant innovative ideas may come from anyone. However, many are discouraged to bring their ideas to realization because the lack of resources. We do hope that we can help those hidden treasure be discovered by people, and realized so that they give benefit to the world. Innovation has become the core of humanity advancement. We believe that enhancing R&D and innovation is the first step to discover various ways to achieve all SDGs in every field. Starting from Indonesia, we invite anyone everywhere to address SDGs and contribute to their achievements through research. Your ideas are valuable. Let us realize it! Check out more visualized details of our idea in external links and vote for us!