On Monday night, October 3rd, Jolkona competed along side 13 other social innovators at Social Venture Partnerâ€™s Social innovation fast pitch for the chance to win a piece of the total prize money worth $170,000. It was a full house at the Fischer Pavilion at the Seattle Center with a crowd of more than 600 people in attendance all coming to hear 5-minute pitches of the top social innovations in Seattle ranging from high school students, college students, and seasoned social entrepreneurs.Â Jolkona was honored to be one of 14 groups to pitch that night, and even more honored to have won the $15,000 Social Endeavors Award for our new initiative– licensing our micro-giving platform to help non-profits improve fundraising online.
While the competition was very stressful, it was also a forcing factor to help us get our â€œpitchâ€ down. Iâ€™d like to thank Social Venture Partners and specifically Will Poole and his massive team of volunteers for organizing such a great event.Â And Iâ€™d like to give a special shoutout to some of the amazing volunteer coaches/mentors that helped me with my pitch:Â Susan Bloch, Ken Pawlak, Ted Weiler, and Dan Kranzler.Â Thank you for believing in me and in Jolkonaâ€™s work and for helping to take our idea to the next level! Â And a BIG thank you to all the Jolkona volunteers, board, andÂ advisersÂ that came to support that night. Â Last, congrats to all the other winners that night!
Itâ€™s been a CRAZY week at Jolkona HQ, with the big win on Monday, all the follow-up from the great connections we made that night, and the start of Microsoftâ€™s and King Countyâ€™s Giving Campaign Month, but we are energized and excited to be moving forward with our new innovation.