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Indonesia’s Next Top Fashion Entrepeneurs

Media Release

24 August 2016   

25 women running their own fashion and textile businesses are now ready to launch their companies into the competitive global fashion market after completing an International Business Readiness scholarship under the Australia Awards

The Scholarship for the Fashion and Textiles Sector is designed to empower participants, revamp their business operations, and prepare them to enter the global market.

The scholarship winners studied at the Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane and this week wrap up their studies in a final workshop in Bali.

The participants also took part in this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held in Sydney in May and undertook workshops and industry visits focusing on understanding business environment and sustainability, planning for growth, export-readiness and accessing finance.

Participants also had networking and mentoring opportunities with influential fashion industry leaders, as well as fashion design companies and schools in Australia.

“Sustainable fashion is intriguing as we learn about design philosophy, trend sustainability and also to think about the human impact as well as social responsibilities,’ said Winny Setiadi, one of the participants.

“This program has allowed me to reflect on what I have been doing for the last nine years in the fashion business and help me set up goals for the future business. The Australia Awards program is an eye opener to the international market in an unconventional way, since technology has advanced nowadays,” said Lisa Daryono from BENTEN Fashion.

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships, fellowships and short courses funded by the Australian Government. The Awards provide the next generation of global leaders, advocates, and change-makers with an opportunity to undertake study, research, and professional development in Australia.

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