How startups are able to help the government in the midst of a crisis?

The decline during the Covid 19 crisis hit various lines of life for people in various countries. The impact of the pandemic on the economy is indeed indiscriminate. Companies and individuals, governments, and communities all share the impact.

In this problematic circumstance, different gatherings are really working next to each other to help individuals out of luck, including startups. Initiatives in the form of financial assistance, knowledge, and technology they provide to get through these difficult times. These are the various initiatives of Indonesia's innovators in helping the country in the midst of crisis.


The AFTECH survey recorded 55 initiatives for national economic recovery. For SMEs, the initiative is focused on reducing operational costs, through implementing lower interest rates, providing free transfer facilities, free digital signatures, monthly bill discounts, and a 0% merchant discount rate. Next, a free financial consultation program, loan relaxation, and free service fees for various projects (especially in the health sector). In addition, there are also initiatives that seek to ease the burden of those affected by Covid-19, all of which are in their application. This program was initiated by DANA entitled "Covid-19 Preparedness". This program includes a number of new features in the DANA application which include updates on the Covid-19 case in Indonesia, Covid-19 hotline service contacts, to donation options that are connected to the Kitabisa platform. The FUNDS they collect will be used to provide personal protective equipment for health workers.

DANA invites DANA users to synergize, share, and cooperate digitally in helping to overcome the spread of Covid-19. In a practical, safe, and efficient way, DANA strives to protect those who are struggling to save lives at the risk of being exposed to the virus while on duty.


Teaching and learning activities at all levels have been disrupted since Covid-19 broke out. The Ministry of Education and Culture has temporarily suspended all activities at school. Ruangguru and Zenius filled the void of the classroom by eliminating their education services. Ruangguru officially opened the Ruangguru Free Online School program. This program helps students to participate in various classes with school learning hours for 1st grade of elementary school to 12th grade of senior high school. Teachers also get attention with the Online Teacher Program where they can access teacher training modules for free. Not only that, but Ruangguru also opened their Skill Academy service for free for a limited amount. With effect from March 23, anyone can now take part in various online training classes on various topics for free for two weeks.

Zenius also provides the same thing. This Edutech opens its educational content which is more than 80 million free of charge. In order to facilitate the learning process, Zenius modifies the video on a white background to save access quota. In addition, they also provide a Live Teaching feature that allows interaction between teachers and students as in school.


In this condition, the health sector in the technology industry is eagerly awaited by innovation. This awareness has encouraged a number of health startups such as Halodoc, Alodokter, and Prixa to bring updates to help the public face the Covid-19 outbreak.

Prixa, a health startup under, provides a new feature to check symptoms and risks for Covid-19. This feature allows users to understand health complaints to anticipate as early as possible the symptoms of Covid-19. This Prixa feature also helps health workers out there so that people who want to check themselves don't have to come to the hospital. Prixa is also involved in the development of the West Java Provincial Government's Pikobar independent health check application. The Prixa artificial intelligence system is one of Pikobar's mainstays in recognizing symptoms of respiratory disease for residents of West Java.

Halodoc and Alodokter provide identical initiatives in helping people deal with the coronavirus through an independent check feature in the form of a chatbot. This feature, although simple, will clearly help residents who are worried about the possibility of being exposed to Covid-19. Halodoc allocated 1,000 doctors from a total of 22,000 doctors who joined for consultations regarding Covid-19.

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