Karla Bionics Wins the INTA Foundation Social Innovation Award and Becomes the Only Indonesian Finalist in the 11th Edition of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC)

Karla Bionics Wins the INTA Foundation Social Innovation Award and Becomes the Only Indonesian Finalist in the 11th Edition of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC)

Bandung, lpik.itb.ac.id – The USD 24,000 cash award from the INTA Foundation, aims to recognize and reward two startups that, despite facing various challenges, have demonstrated the potential to provide positive social impact through extraordinary branding and intellectual property efforts. Not only that, Karla Bionics also won awards from The Maybank ASEAN Startup Award namely a cash prize of 25,000 SGD to the 14 best start-ups in ASEAN.

Karla Bionics is a start-up company from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) which focuses on empowering people with disabilities by developing assistive devices with an appropriate technology approach, meaning that the technology developed is adapted to socio-economic conditions in Indonesia. ‘Empower disabled people to become proudactive‘ is a campaign carried out by Karla Bionics, this social campaign is intended to be part of changing the conditions of friends with disabilities from conditions disabled or helpless, then becomes disabled (different ability person), characterized by accepting differences and starting to actively seek potential and collaboration. It doesn’t stop there, Karla Bionics also hopes that friends with disabilities can achieve this condition proud-active (productive) namely feeling proud of the differences they have and returning to be useful in society by channeling their potential optimally.

One of the products for which appropriate technology has been developed is a tool (assistive devices) a bionic aesthetic physical impairment named “Raga Arm”. This “Raga Arm” has been tested in an international technology competition for the disabled called CYBATHLON Challenges 2022 and 2023, ETH Zurich Switzerland. With 2 Patent Pending Technology, Adjustable Socket System (ASS) And Versatile Gripping Technology (VGT). This technology has succeeded in achieving achievements at the world level and received the Gold Award at the 2022 Indonesian Healthcare Award.

Alya Hanun, Founding Member and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Karla Bionics, “We are honored to receive this award, because through Karla Bionics, we dream of an inclusive society where all people with disabilities are empowered, so that participating in this competition is an opportunity to open up insights and connections to be useful not only in our own country.” He also added that it turns out that technological innovation that uses an approach to Indonesia’s socio-economic conditions can inspire countries around the world such as India, Argentina, Ghana, Israel, and even developed countries such as Singapore, England, China and the United States.”

The only founding member of Karla Bionics who is still a student also added that to have an impact on society you don’t need to be dependent on age, Karla Bionics was able to get this award opportunity because at that time he had the courage to market the Raga Arm Prototype which was still in the development process by one of the Co-Founders of Karla Bionics who has the status of a lecturer.

Arief Indra Muharam as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Karla Bionics said, “Raga Arm technology is not the most sophisticated, but it is hoped that it can help the main obstacle for disabled friends, namely confidence to interact with the closest environment,” he also added, “International Award “This is not the end, but rather additional energy to continue carrying out Karla Bionics’ mission, namely to have a positive impact on social change, especially in Indonesian society, before the world.”

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) 11th Edition

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) is a prestigious biennial university startup challenge in Singapore, hosted by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at the Singapore Management University.

LKYGBPC takes its name from Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, who developed the business plan that defined the country and brought it to the global stage. This competition reflects the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and ambition that is upheld.

With the theme “Innovation Beyond Boundaries”, the 11th edition of LKYGBPC brings together the best minds from the world’s most entrepreneurial universities to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and imagine a smart, sustainable and resilient future. There are five focus areas this year, including Urban Solutions and Sustainability; Manufacturing, Trade & Connectivity ; Human Health & Potential ; Smart Nation & Digital Economy; Media & Entertainment.

This 11th edition of LKYGBPC broke the previous record of 1,000 registrants. Of the 1100 universities represented, there are 73 universities which are among the 100 best universities throughout the world.


INTA Foundation is a charitable organization that works to expand educational and professional development opportunities in the field of intellectual property (IP) for diverse and underrepresented populations around the world. Our mission is to provide access to educational and empowering activities in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to support individuals and organizations around the world who contribute to these important issues.


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