Announcing our Fall’15 Jolkona Catalysts

Announcing our Fall’15 Catalysts!

Jolkona has been hard at work this summer identifying our new cohort of social entrepreneurs from Indonesia and Bangladesh for the Jolkona Catalyst Program. We received 160 applications and sixteen Catalysts were selected to make a long journey to Seattle to work with some of Seattle’s brightest minds. Over the course of three weeks they are paired with mentors, coaches, instructors and other subject matter experts to hone their business models and to learn how to scale their impact.

We are so thrilled to welcome our first multi-country cohort of inspiring social leaders this fall. Please join us in welcoming this diverse group of 16 talented individuals!

Reserve your space now for the Fall’15 Jolkona Catalyst Showcase! This is your chance to meet these inspiring young leaders and to hear more about the great work they’re doing at home.  Register here.

Bangladesh Catalysts


Souvik Aswad, Chief Growth Officer, Panacea Souvik Aswad, Headshot

Twitter: @souvikaswad


Counterfeit prescription are a big problem in Bangladesh. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 10 percent of all drugs sold worldwide are fake. And a recent study says 100,000 people die each year from taking fake medicine. Bangladesh’s government says at least ten percent of the medicine sold in pharmacies across the country are fake. That’s 1 in every 20 prescriptions.

Panacea prints a unique alphanumeric code on every medicine strip of a pharmaceutical brand, which consumers can check with an SMS, mobile app or website. With Panacea every medicine strip is unique and accounted for. This limits a counterfeiters’ ability to mass copy medicine packaging and puts the power of verification in the hands of the consumers.


Arif Md. Waliullah Bhiyan (Wali), CEO, Light of Hope Arif Wali, Photo


Twitter: @wali1929

Light of Hope is a tech-based non-profit delivering innovative & sustainable solutions for rural schools in Bangladesh. ‘Light of Hope’ aims to improve the quality of primary education in Bangladesh through innovative technology projects. They currently have set up four “Digital Schools” – low cost, solar run classrooms with laptops in rural parts of Bangladesh.


Zia Hassan Siddique, Director and CEO, Greenergy Solutions Zia Hassan Siddique Photo


Greenergy Solutions Limited supports and incubates energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives that leverage solar, wind, or hybrid to create solutions for agriculture communities.

As an engineering and consulting firm they are designing solar powered irrigations systems, solar powered refrigeration solutions and solar powered mini-grids. These solutions are designed to be low cost and accessible to members of the rural communities they serve.


Faraiba Farnan, Co-Founder, Sneho Faraiba Farnan


Twitter: @faraiba_farnan

Sneho is focused on reducing school drop-out rates in the urban slums of Bangladesh. Sneho’s field tested solution involves distributing ‘Durable Learning Mat’ and donated books and toys to families. For parents in these urban slums, the education of their children often is not viewed as non-negotiable. By incorporating regular sessions with the parents alongside the use of the learning mat Sneho hopes to shape the mindset of parents showing them how even a small amount of learning can impact the future of their children. The Sneho learning mat is a simple but powerful solution that will excite children about learning. Sneho is securing partnerships with key organizations and corporations that will sponsor the mats and their distribution.


Armin Khan, Founder, ZappyUpArmin Khan Photo


ZappyUp is an e-commerce platform that connects skilled women who provide beauty and wellness services to customers. ZappyUp seeks to empower women to be successful entrepreneurs by making it easy for customers to book appointments with them for beauty and wellness services. Each year, a large number of women, mainly from the low-middle to middle income bracket, enroll in beauty and wellness training programs such as hairdressing, make up art, yoga, and physical training. These skills can increase their income so they can earn a living wage. Unfortunately, finding employment or clients is difficult and many “drop out” of their dreams. ZappyUp will give women the tools to become independent and successful business women who are able to earn a living doing what they love.


Eve Karim, Founder and Director, Authentic Method of Alternative Learning (AMAL) Eve Karim Headshot


AMAL has been running for the past four years and have supported more than 350 underprivileged children. Through focused projects they have worked with children rescued from brothels, children who have not benefitted from even the most basic education, and children who don’t have access to basic health services. AMAL has been able to earn the trust of families and have trained a number of volunteers to work directly with them. Children are learning skills to make handmade crafts that can in turn provide a small income that AMAL hopes will be enough to keep them from illegal or dangerous forms of earning money. AMAL has set up a few production centers that also offer children the opportunity to be part of a caring community that encourages them to set their sights on a better future.


Abdullah Al Mahmud, Editor, Zero to Infinity Abdullah Al Mahmud, Photo


Twitter: @mahmudzero2inf

From a simple Facebook group, Zero to Infinity grew into Bangladesh’s largest scientific community. Zero to Infinity now publishes the only monthly Bengali science magazine in Bangladesh with a readership of over 100k readers.

Their success led to the creation of a math based publication. Zero to Infinity is making math and science exciting and hopes to encourage students to enroll in more science and math classes. They have partnered with the Information Ministry and Ministry of Science & Technology in Bangladesh to serve as knowledge partner or to arrange science, math and coding workshops and camps that encourages both boys and girls to join.


Indonesia Catalysts


Felecia, Co-Founder, Makarios Kreasindo Felecia Ong, Photo

Marici is introducing the world to the beauty and sophistication of Indonesian designs in the form of handcrafted fashion accessories. Marici is fueled by a powerful mission to empower Indonesian women with new job skills and with safe and sustainable employment.

Marici is optimistic about the long term effects they will have in paving the way for a better quality of life for these women and their families.


Radyum Ikono, Founder and COO, Nanocenter Indonesia 

Radyum, Photo


Twitter: @radyum


Nano Center Indonesia conducts research and education in nanotechnology and incubate initiatives that uniquely apply nanotechnology to solve important national or global issues. For example, they have found a way to recycle industrial waste from steel mills using it to make an iron oxide pigments that can be used as a coloring agent in things like paint, fertilizer and ceramics. Nano Center Indonesia is embarking on an exciting journey to spark innovation in the creation of new products, medicines and materials. In addition to the research, they are conducting educational workshops that will feed the public’s imagination.


Marsya Anggia, Director, Indorelawan Marsya Anggia, Picture


Twitter: @marsyamars

Indorelawan is an online platform that connects people looking for meaningful activities with nonprofit organizations and communities that are searching for volunteers to help them achieve their social missions. Indorelawan raises awarness about the rewarding experiences that can be had by volunteers who share their talent and gives them the opportunity to transform goodwill into positive action at scale.


Taufik Hidayat, Vice CEO, Genteng Traditional Healthy Market Taufik Hidayat, Photo

Twitter: @taufik10121989

Genteng traditional Healthy Market has helped more than 367 poor farmers and over 200 households in Genteng village (West Java Province, Indonesia) to have better options for the sale of their products. Rather than turning to third party sellers who charge steep fees and commissions to transport products to the larger city centers, Genteng Healthy Market gives farmers and households the chance to sell locally and increase their income creating more vibrant rural communities.



Neng Niawati, CEO, Limbahagia 

Neng Niawati, Headshot


Twitter: @novintt

Limbahagia encourages people to view waste in a new way. Pollution in the form of plastic is a major problem in the cities of Indonesia. Limbahagia are currently developing a mobile application and system to facilitate the recycling process. Individuals are trained to create recycling businesses leveraging these tools so that they may play an active role in cleaning up their cities in a sustainable way.




Timotius Wong, CEO, Synergy Academy Timotius Wong, Picture


Twitter: @timotiuswong

Since 2013, Synergy Entrepreneur Academy has inspired thousands of Indonesian youths and has helped hundreds of them to become the real entrepreneurs.

Through the education and motivation provided in their overnight boot-camps, youths gain a better understanding of what it takes to get started. Synergy Entrepreneur Academy provides continual support by organizing business camps where they share practical strategies that will help them be successful.


Hayyu Widiatma Sakya, Business Director, ADHMORA ABHINAYA PRANA Hayyu Sakya, Picture


Adhmora provides energy solutions from energy monitoring to financing energy conservation program. They have two main projects: Chiller Smart Management System and their Energy Saving Championship in Bandung, Indonesia.

They believe the hub to sustainable development is energy conservation. To reach the goal of energy conservation Admora educates people about the importance of wise energy consumption and even makes energy saving fun through their championship program.


Ronaldiaz, PhotoRonaldiaz Hartantyo, Founder, Ideas Indonesia

Ideas Indonesia partners with local farmers to change the perception of Indonesian agriculture by transforming rural communities into eco-tourism destinations. They collaborate with Indonesian farmers to make their farms not only a place of production, but also an eco-tourism and education destination. Ideas Indonesia’s mission comes from the simple idea of trying to make agriculture cool for a new generation.

Despite Indonesia having an abundance of natural potential with fertile soil and a great climate, agriculture seems to a business designated to poor communities. Ideas Indonesia wants to show the nation’s young people that there are many fun and engaging benefits that come with working in the agriculture sector.



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