An American delegation of 13 leading entrepreneurs and early-stage investors will visit Indonesia to check out the local startup scene from 19-24 July 2011.

Hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI), the group seeks to strengthen the two countries’ business ties under the Comprehensive Partnership, a bilateral cooperation agreement signed last year. Improving trade and investment is one of the Comprehensive Partnership’s six pillars, and entrepreneurship is seen as one of its key drivers.

At finale of the July event, 32 selected Indonesian start-ups will present their business plans to the delegation led by Mr. Steven Koltai, the State Department’s Senior Advisor for Global Entrepreneurship. Registered startups will post their ideas on GEPI’s website for everyone to peruse, and the delegation will judge winning presentations in Bali on 22 July.

The also mark the beginning of the Regional Entrepreneurship Summit in Bali from 23-24 July, supported by Indonesian entrepreneur support network MEKAR and attended by representatives of startups from ASEAN, India and China.

source: GEPI, MEKAR