Three students from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia (FTUI) won first place in the ASBX Start-up Weekend Program. Ahmad Gumilang, Christina Angel Mutiara, and Felicia Fransius from the Class of 2019 joined the Lowkey Team, participating in a face-to-face competition at the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5-7 August 2022.

There were around 23 teams consisting of around 90 people participating in the competition. The teams came from 8 universities in six countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and South Africa.

Under the guidance of Apriliana Cahya Khayrani, S.T.P., M.Eng., Ph.D., the FTUI Lowkey team brought a business idea in the form of hand washing soap in the form of effervescent tablets with the name Eferklin. This soap is here as a solution to the increasing plastic waste from packaged hand washing soap during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike other hand-washing soaps, Eferklin tablets will chemically decompose in water for approximately 10 minutes, then the soap can be used. Other advantages of Eferklin include practical filling, environmentally friendly packaging, natural ingredients, safe. and good for the skin, and the selling price is projected to be cheaper.

“We succeeded in bringing out a proper design and business model following the criteria set by the event. In addition, during the pitching and presentation stages during the final, we were able to answer all the questions from the jury and that was also one of the main indicators for the assessment,” said Christina Angel Mutiara, CEO of the Lowkey team.

“Once again, FTUI students present a proud achievement. The spirit of FTUI is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Starting with looking at the existing challenges and how to apply the knowledge gained on campus in responding to these challenges. Hopefully, the students from the Lowkey team can further develop their innovations into products that are beneficial to society,” said the Dean of FTUI, Prof. Dr. Heri Hermansyah, ST., M.Eng., IPU responding to the Lowkey team’s victory.

The ASBX Start-up Weekend Program is a competition to design startups or start-ups that apply technological innovation to solve problems in society. Every business designed by the participants will be mentored and tested before the jury. The jury consists of start-up leaders, investors, professionals, and academics who have been working in the Southeast Asian region.


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