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Taking a Closer Look at Indonesia

A few weeks ago, the Jolkona blog shared information about the impact of social entrepreneurship around the world.  Today, we’ll take a closer look at Indonesia and learn more about the beautiful island nation where the next cohort of entrepreneurs joining us work, live, and inspire change!  Each social entrepreneur in this cohort was carefully selected from a large applicant pool and we have a great group of bright young leaders representing Indonesia. Each entrepreneur represents a startup focused on positively impacting their community, their country, and the world!

A Growing Economy

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The Indonesian rupiah (Rp)

Indonesia boasts the largest population and GDP of all Southeast Asian countries.  The nation has experienced steady growth over the past decade, catching the attention of global investors across many sectors.  Indonesia’s large gross domestic product affords a comfortable life for many of its citizens, but its population is spread widely across urban and rural areas.  According to the World Bank, only 53% of Indonesians lived in urban areas as of 2014.  Economic development affects these regions differently and many social entrepreneurs are beginning to work between urban and rural populations to ensure that all communities can share in the country’s prosperity.

Social Enterprise

A snapshot of the Indonesian Catalysts in the Fall '15 cohort visiting Microsoft!

A snapshot of the Indonesian Catalysts in the Fall ’15 cohort visiting Microsoft

There has long been a presence of community-focused organizations in Indonesia, but social entrepreneurship has only come into the national spotlight more recently.  Many international organizations have launched programs in the country to assist its entrepreneurs in scaling and developing their ventures.  The Guardian reports that this scaling and training is often one of the greatest challenges facing the nation’s bright, young entrepreneurs.  Jolkona is excited to help bridge this gap through the Jolkona Catalyst Program.  During the three-week program, the cohort of 8 entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in Seattle to scale and develop their social enterprises.

 

Check back with the blog as we share more information about these bright young entrepreneurs over the coming weeks, and be sure to register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th for the opportunity to hear about their experiences first-hand.  Click here to RSVP!

You can also stay updated by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

 

 

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured entrepreneur is Sandra Surya, Chief of Development of KKI. KKI is a microfinance institution that empowers people to exit poverty sustainably via comprehensive financial education.  Sandra has seen that microfinance institutions in Indonesia are often hesitant to work in the urban slums due to higher credit risk and costs, but KKI is determined to reach the urban poor in Indonesia.  KKI has been working for 5 years in these areas and has over 8,000 active beneficiaries.  Sandra is looking forward to meeting mentors with microfinance experience in Seattle!

Want to follow Sandra’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured entrepreneur is Sandilla “Cindy” Tristiany, CEO and co-founder of ITRADE. ITRADE works with smallholder farmers to market and export coconut products, providing training and higher wages to improve farmer livelihoods.  ITRADE believes that farmers are important because they work each day to provide resources for the entire nation.  Through ITRADE, the farmers are able to sell a range of coconut products to a wide market, ensuring the economic livelihoods of their families and communities.

Want to follow Cindy’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

 

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured entrepreneur is Frianto Moerdowo, CEO and co-founder of The Jarvis Store. The Jarvis Store helps small business owners sell their products online by providing a free, professional e-commerce platform.  The Jarvis Store started their venture when they recognized that small and medium enterprises in Indonesia needed to be online in order to be successful.  You can check out their platform themes and demos at https://jarvis-store.com/template

Want to follow Frianto’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

 

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured Jolkona Catalyst participant is Firly Savitri, CEO and co-founder of IMI. IMI creates cost-effective, mobile, and experiential science learning tools for Indonesian classrooms.  Their vision: to make science a household name in Indonesia.

They do this through free education programs and the sale of science-themed merchandise.  Firly is looking forward to learning how to better assess the methods and results of her venture through the Jolkona Catalyst program so that she can maximize its impact on science education in Indonesia.

Want to follow Firly’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

 

 

Eight talented social entrepreneurs will journey from Indonesia to our office in Seattle next month to participate in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the data from past Catalyst programs:

  • Thirty-three entrepreneurs have participated in our programs, and forty-two percent of them have been women
  • Catalyst participants have visited twenty-six businesses and organizations in the Seattle community
  • The industries represented by the Catalysts include education, fashion, technology, sustainability, tourism, and more
The Fall '15 cohort celebrates at their showcase event

The Fall ’15 cohort celebrates at their showcase event

How does the latest group compare?  The Spring ’16 cohort of eight entrepreneurs includes five women and represents many industries, including micro-finance, e-commerce, and education.  Check back with the blog as we share more information about these bright young entrepreneurs over the coming weeks, and be sure to register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th for the opportunity to hear about their ventures first-hand.  Click here to RSVP!

You can also stay updated by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

 

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured entrepreneur is Erwin Dwi Nurpermadi, founder of Bina Karya. Bina Karya provides online and in-person entrepreneurship training to underprivileged communities, teaching marketable technical skills in just 4-6 months.  Bina Karya provides training in graphic design, batik, sewing, and animal agriculture.  Fun fact: they created “Batik Box”, a portable learning tool that helps schoolchildren learn to create this beautiful Indonesian textile!  Erwin is looking forward to learning how to better develop and scale his venture through his participation in the Catalyst program.

Want to follow Erwin’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

April is an exciting month for the Jolkona team as we prepare for the arrival of our next Jolkona Catalyst cohort!  The eight social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will journey from Indonesia to Seattle next month.  During the three-week program these social entrepreneurs will work with mentors, innovative thought leaders, seasoned business professionals, and startup founders here in the vibrant Seattle community.

Today’s featured entrepreneur is Dipo Ramli, CEO and co-founder of DANAdidik. DANAdidik is a crowdfunding site for micro student loans that helps university students complete their studies.  Dino was motivated to transform the market for student loans in Indonesia when he could not find a good funding option to help pay the education costs of his wife’s medical school.  He is looking forward to the opportunities for mentorship, funding, and technical development that the Seattle startup community has to offer!

Want to follow Dipo’s journey in Seattle? Like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on May 25th in the beautiful Galvanize building in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!

 

The world is faced with a great deal of social challenges. As you read this article, the latest reported figure by the World Bank of global population living under the poverty line is 902 million people, and it is projected to fall to 702 million during early 2016. There are a number of factors that contribute to the progress in these numbers; one largely being the sum of efforts among countries committed to the Millennial Development Goals and Beyond. Nevertheless, not only is public policy accountable for laying the groundwork for a better future, there is another very important factor: social entrepreneurship.

This fact has not gone unnoticed by the UN. In 2011, the UN created the Global Entrepreneurs Council, which is responsible for promoting social entrepreneurship programs around the world. The Council partners with global influencers and leaders in order to promote, and support sustainable social entrepreneurship.

With the UN as an inspirational trail blazer, smaller programs have popped up all over the globe. Jolkona is one of these programs. Located in Seattle, Washington, Jolkona invites social entrepreneurs from developing nations to come to Seattle for a three-week catalyst program. These entrepreneurs are solving some of the most challenging societal issues in their communities. Jolkona helps shape & develop these founders into leaders by providing business & leadership training and mentorship by some of Seattle’s best talent who prepare these founders to scale & engage with investors at home & abroad.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Power of Collaboration & Technology

Small and large programs from around the planet help educate local entrepreneurs to make a difference in their community. Take our Fall 2014 Catalyst Program members‘ projects for example. One of them, Bedah Campus pioneered by Candra Cahyani Gani from Indonesia, aims to bring higher online education programs to remote areas of the country. Candra is in fact empowering children and youth through technology. The key to her success, and that of all other entrepreneurs wanting to make a dent, is to leverage both technology and collaboration.

Through technology programs and people can reach far beyond their geographical region. In addition, if they partner with one another, their impact will not only be greater, but also sustainable. In fact, these two factors are part of the 5 powerful ideas for global impact promoted by the World Economic Forum.

With these two key factors, programs such as Friends-International from Cambodia, have found cooperation in 11 countries. The program’s collaborators have turned the program into social businesses that now sustain 40% of the program’s expenses. In other words, the program is almost sustainable on its own, and it is getting to full sustainability.

Social entrepreneurs build sustainable ventures

It’s not just about helping the people in need. It is also about empowering them and giving them a fighting chance to develop their own personal, local and national economies.

“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime”

By: Rocío del Moral

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