Jolkona was thrilled to kick off our current one-week cohort. Charley Haley lead the first session and conducted a number of group activities that got the group working together right away. The entrepreneurs were divided in small groups to discuss some very important questions that would really prepare them for the week ahead.

Why is this accelerator important to you, your customers, and the wider community?

Just twenty minutes in, most of the participants had a better understanding of how they would benefit from their experience in Seattle. Jolkona’s Executive Director, Monica Mendoza discussed with the group in detail the agenda for the week and the young entrepreneurs were excited to take advantage of the inspiring opportunities they have ahead of them.

After a quick exercise, moderated by Charley, each of the participants were able to better define the purpose of their start up. One of them had some trouble fully defining the purpose of their venture prior to coming to Seattle, and this exercise gave him the perspective he needed to outline the purpose that best fits his venture.

The group’s favorite activity was one that involved them interviewing each other. Each entrepreneur was extensively interviewed by the group and no question was spared. The key point of the exercise was to make each participant think deeper about their venture and what they might be missing. We all are so focused on our businesses and ideas, especially when we are trying to build it from the ground up, so having the fresh perspective of others is key to fully understanding the needs of our ventures. Each person was able to listen to the impartial discussion about their businesses and to obtain valuable takeaways they will use to better develop their businesses.

It’s a Sunday morning in Seattle, and this year’s Boost program participants have just arrived. Five social entrepreneurs from Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia have traveled here to learn essential skills from top mentors. After a week of immersive workshops, these five entrepreneurs will go back home with a newly acquired skill set that will help them develop their social ventures into the sustainable social companies they envision.

After a tour of Jolkona’s HQ at Galvanize Seattle, which will be their home for the duration of the program, they got a glimpse of what they will learn. They also got an opportunity to introduce themselves to each other, and talk about their projects:

Entrepreneur: Thanh (“Steve”) Hoang (M), CEO
Country: Vietnam Venture: Fresh Deli,
Industry: Food Delivery
Sector: For-profit B2C
Stage: Founded May 2016; piloting
Venture Description: Fresh Deli connects home cooks with working professionals seeking healthy meals.

Entrepreneur: Nazreen Mohamad (M)
Country: Malaysia
Industry: Government / Tech
Stage: Idea
Description: Nazreen is building a platform to help event managers bring people together and run successful events. Nazreen is also exploring governmental transparency through technology. He has developed ideas for two platforms; one which fosters productive political discussion between polarized parties, and one which gives citizens greater insight into whether politicians fulfill campaign promises. He is currently working on how to build these ideas into feasible, scalable projects.

Entrepreneur: Masako Heng (F), Founder
Country: Cambodia Venture: Experience101,
Industry: Education
Sector: For-profit B2C
Stage: Founded April 2016; piloting
Venture Description: Experience101 matches skilled students with short-term corporate projects and internships.

Entrepreneur: Yok Tien Leong (M), CEO
Country: Malaysia
Venture: SolarFlare,
Industry: CleanTech
Sector: For-profit B2B
Stage: Launched beta in February 2016; piloting
Venture Description: SolarFlare’s proprietary algorithm calculates home and commercial solar potential and ROI, making rooftop solar installation easy.

Entrepreneur: Yue Qi Choo (F)
Country: Singapore
Description: Yue Qi is completing degrees in Engineering and Business, with a focus on biotechnology and healthcare. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, and is currently helping Singapore’s largest animal shelter develop a revenue strategy.

Welcome to Jolkona’s Boost 2016 Program!