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On May 5, we closed out our third Jolkona Catalyst accelerator with a culmination PitchFest at the WeWork Coworking Office in South Lake Union. Jolkona Catalyst is an intensive, three-week accelerator for entrepreneurs from emerging countries. For our spring cohort, eight of the most promising entrepreneurs from Bangladesh traveled to Seattle for three weeks of mentor-based training and pitch coaching.

Our Catalyst entrepreneurs pitched their ventures in front of the Seattle social entrepreneurship community with fast, three-minute pitches. Their presentations were then judged by a panel of experts who provided feedback. Our judges included: Boris Jabes, co-founder of Meldium (acquired by LogMeIn); Jason Preston, co-founder of Dent the Future; and Janis Machala, Managing Partner of Paladin Partners.

After, our friends and supporters joined our Catalysts for a delicious Bangladeshi meal and networking. A big thank you to everyone who joined us for this inspirational evening! Interested in learning more about our Catalysts and their ventures? Visit our dedicated Catalyst page.

Couldn’t make it to the event? Keep scrolling for photo highlights from the Showcase! 

Shazeeb Islam presenting

Shazeeb Islam pitching for Social Business Youth Alliance, a social enterprise supporting youth leadership through entrepreneurship training.

Ferdous Mottakin pitching for Offroad Bangladesh, an online travel platform working to make Bangladesh a more accessible travel destination.

Ferdous Mottakin pitching for Offroad Bangladesh, an online travel platform working to make Bangladesh a more accessible travel destination.

Catalyst enjoying dinner and networking after the event.

Catalyst enjoying dinner and networking after the event.

Dr. Neelima Das (center) with Jolkona Board member, Heide Felton (left) and Dan Kranzler, Jolkona pitch coach

Dr. Neelima Das (center) with Jolkona Board president, Heide Felton (left) and Dan Kranzler (right), Jolkona pitch coach

Fiona Khandoker, CEO of TrainedBD, and Debojit Saha Shurokka, who were the winners of Audience and Judges Choice respectively.

Fiona Khandoker, CEO of TrainedBD, and Debojit Saha, CEO of Shurokka, were the winners of Judges and Audience Choice Awards respectively.

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