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On May 25th, the spring Catalyst cohort presented their pitches for the last time in Seattle at the Final Showcase.  It was an inspiring night full of food, fun, and even a bit of dancing!  Catalyst Alum Dini Hajarrahmah, who completed the accelerator nearly 2 years ago, was able to join the group for some bonding and Q&A with Executive Director Monica Mendoza.  The presentations were live-streamed through Facebook, so even the families of the Catalysts could cheer on their loved ones from across the globe!

The night was a wonderful ending to a tiring but rewarding three weeks, all made possible by the hard work of our entrepreneurs, volunteers, mentors, community partners and Jolkona leadership. You can continue to follow this spring’s cohort and stay updated on future programs by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

 

 

During the Catalyst program, our entrepreneurs had the opportunity to sit down with Sachi Shenoy and Howard Behar to talk about driving results and measuring impact in their organizations.  Sachi is the co-founder and current Chief Innovation Officer at Upaya Social Ventures and Howard is the former president of Starbucks Coffee Company North America and Starbucks Coffee International, as well as an accomplished author.  It was a pleasure to visit with them at Galvanize and learn from their decades of experience!

Howard and Sachi share their knowledge

Howard, Sachi, and the Catalysts swap stories

Executive Director of Jolkona Monica Mendoza moderated the conversation.  The chat began with the topic of corporate social responsibility.  Regarding CSR, Howard said that it is important to remember that a corporation cannot be socially responsible — only the people working in it can.  He also stressed the importance of having clarity of mission and knowing the values of your organization.  Sachi agreed, and highlighted the necessity of setting goals and sub-goals that connect to the mission so that each person in the organization can know how they are contributing to the bigger picture.

These values are so important because they are at the core of an organization and guide its work.  Howard reminded the Catalysts that they have values and a corporate culture whether or not they explicitly express them.  Mentor Dan Kranzler was present for the chat and was able to share his experience in this area, as well.  He encouraged the entrepreneurs to foster a corporate culture that promotes respectful disagreement and discussion between all of its members.  Sachi shared some of her strategies for fostering this type of communication in cultures outside of the U.S. that will certainly be of use to the Catalysts at home.

Cindy and Howard chat after the session

Cindy and Howard chat after the session

To tie it all together, the mentors discussed how the entrepreneurs can best implement what they’ve learned in the Catalyst program with their teams in Indonesia.  Sachi reminded the entrepreneurs that it is important to tie all of the information back to the common mission of their organizations.  We are excited to see how the Catalysts and their teams implement all that they’ve learned in Seattle!  Be sure to stay updated by liking Jolkona on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

 

 

 

The second week of the Jolkona Catalyst program kicked off with an experiential workshop presented by mentors Zachary Smith and Ben Grossman-Kahn.  Zach and Ben are the co-founders of Catalyz, where they offer a human-centered approach to transforming organizations.  Zach worked with the fall 2015 cohort of entrepreneurs and we were glad to have him return with Ben to talk to the entrepreneurs about design thinking!

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Dipo, Sandra, Firly, and Erwin share a laugh during an improv activity

Through a mix of group discussion and activities, the Catalysts learned about the design thinking approach and the opportunities for transformation that it offers their social ventures.  Zach and Ben provided examples of the design thinking process and worked with the participants to apply the process to the challenges that face their organizations.  The group discussed the story of Goldilocks and the importance of approaching a problem with the correct questions and mindset — the focus should not be too narrow or too broad, but just right!

The workshop not only helped the Catalysts enter a creative mindset for the week, but also provided them with a new approach to the problems they are facing in Indonesia.  It will be exciting to see them take this process back to their teams and work at home!  If you’d like to see their progress in person, be sure to RSVP for the showcase event on Wednesday, May 25th.  You can also stay updated by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!

 

Last week, the Catalyst participants attended a workshop titled “Social Lean Canvas” with John Sechrest.  John is the founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, a co-organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle, and a Startup Weekend Facilitator.  John’s workshop was the first of the program and laid a foundation for the entrepreneurs and their three weeks here in Seattle.

Before the session, the Catalysts reviewed the workshop materials and completed the Lean Canvas.  The Lean Canvas is an adaptation by entrepreneur Ash Maurya of the Business Model Canvas created by Alexander Osterwalder.  The Lean Canvas tool helps entrepreneurs create an action-focused business plan that recognizes the risk involved in entrepreneurship.  You can read more about the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas here.

First, John wanted to know about the entrepreneurs’ ventures, how many customers they have, and how many customers they had in the previous month.  He impressed on the Catalysts the necessity of clearly communicating the benefit that they offer their customers.  The group then discussed the importance of storytelling, which was fitting as their first pitch coaching session in Seattle followed this workshop.  The workshop provided a huge amount of useful information and guidance for the Catalysts as they kicked off the program.  We are lucky to have expert mentors like John who give their time to our entrepreneurs!

 

On Friday morning, the Catalysts traveled to Fremont to visit the Google campus and Theo Chocolate factory and store.  They met with a friend of the Jolkona founders, Zanoon Nissar, who spoke with the Catalysts about her work in corporate social responsibility at Google.  The group discussed their own goals for social good and the ways that they can structure their enterprises to maximize impact in their home communities.  They were also able to speak with other Googlers in product management regarding technical issues and questions specific to their social businesses.

Sandra shares her pitch with the group at Google

Sandra shares her pitch with the team at Google

Before enjoying lunch at the Google cafe, the Catalysts had a pitch session with coach Dan Kranzler.  He encouraged the presenters to always be prepared for technological mishaps, stressing the necessary skill of ad-libbing.  The participants are only one week into the program, but their presentations are looking better each day and we are looking forward to watching them present at the showcase event on Wednesday, May 25th!  (You can RSVP here!)

Learning about the chocolate industry before the factory tour

The group learns about the chocolate industry

From Google, the group headed to Theo Chocolate for a factory tour and Q&A session with Theo CFO and Jolkona board member Chuck Horne.  They learned about Theo’s bean-to-bar philosophy and enjoyed many samples along the way.  Chuck shared insights from Theo’s journey and the company’s values of sustainability, fairness, and quality.  This visit was of particular interest to Cindy, who co-founded an export company with a focus on improving the livelihoods of community farmers (read more here).

The group snacks on cacao nibs

The group snacks on cacao nibs

The day ended with the Galvanize community’s weekly happy hour in Pioneer Square.  It was a great opportunity for the participants to network and to celebrate the progress they made during their first week in Seattle.  Be sure to like Jolkona on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all of the fun and hard work!

 

After a fun weekend networking with the Jolkona team and touring Seattle with their friends and homestay hosts, the Catalysts arrived at the Galvanize co-working space on Monday to begin their first week of the Jolkona Catalyst program.  The work began bright and early as the participants attended the “Social Lean Canvas” workshop with John Sechrest, founder of the Seattle Angel Conference.  It was the perfect workshop to help the entrepreneurs focus on their goals for the next three weeks and beyond.

Following this energizing workshop, the Catalysts enjoyed their first group lunch of the program.  I was lucky enough to sit with participants Firly, Tety, and Frianto and to hear about their experiences in Indonesia and abroad.  We chatted about various topics, from American Mother’s Day to Kurt Cobain.  Firly and Tety joked that they hope to bump into Eddie Vedder before they leave.

The day continued with a peer pitch session, where the Catalysts gave their first pitches of the program.  They will continue to develop their pitches individually, with mentors and coaches, and as a group during the coming weeks.  Their hard work will culminate at the Showcase event on May 25th!  (You can RSVP here!)  After spending a few hours on their presentations, the participants reflected on the day and then headed home to spend time with their homestay hosts.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with the excitement!  I will be updating the blog as the Catalysts work with Seattle startup talents, visit local institutions, and master their pitches.

 

It is an exciting week at the Jolkona office 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 this weekend.  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 Tety Sianipar, CTO and co-founder of Kerjabilitas. Kerjabilitas is a platform that fights unemployment of people with disabilities by connecting them to employers and opportunities.  Tety is looking forward to learning more about conducting customer research through the Catalyst program in order to improve the user experience of their platform.  She is also excited to network with mentors, social entrepreneurs, and possible collaborators in Seattle!

Want to follow Tety’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!

It is an exciting week at the Jolkona office 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 this weekend.  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 Fitri Utami Ningrum, Business Development specialist for Campa Tour.  Campa Tour provides sustainable, community-based tourism for small groups around the Komodo, Rote, & Raja Amat Islands. Campa Tour consists of two main activities and objectives:

  1. Discovering Indonesian history and culture
  2. Empowering the local community

We can’t wait to learn more about the Indonesian tourism sector with Fitri next week.  You can start learning more now at http://www.campatour.com!

Want to follow Fitri’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!

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!

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