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It has been exactly three years since Campa organized its first tour called “Ancient Java.” Little did they know back in May 2014 that their first tour would mark the beginning of a great social impact company. Today, they have had over 2,400 guests touring the vast, history rich country of Indonesia. Campa has partnered with fifteen Indonesian provinces to drive domestic and international tourism.

Fitri Utami, a key member of the Campa team, tells us how in 2016 the company was struggling with an identity crisis. It was at that time that Fitri heard about Jolkona and the Catalyst program. Fitri believed the Catalyst program would help her analyze Campa’s business model with the help of experienced mentors. Campa’s founder, Fitria Chaerani, agreed and fully supported Fitri’s application. After being part of Jolkona’s Spring 2016 Catalyst Program Fitri acquired the tools to strengthen her team’s working culture. The Mission & Vision session with Peter Blomquist helped Fitri see the need Campa had to re-craft their own mission and vision in a way that reflected the Campa team’s values.

Today Campa has a solid identity. Fitri and her team are strongly bound to their mission of providing a sustainable tourism product to their customers. They are now making progress on their strategy and this year they are on track to attract 2,000+ guests.

Campa has also grown their company adding two new team members this past February. They are also expanding the number of destinations that now includes Banda Islands which happens to have a historical connection to Manhattan, NY.

All of this progress has not gone unrecognized. Campa was accepted to a social impact program supported by ASEAN Foundation & SAP. At the conclusion of this two-week program, Campa was able to design a digital marketing campaign aimed to attract foreign tourism. They paired this campaign with the website advice they received from Adam Dreiblatt during the Jolkona Catalyst program. Campa is now ready to re-launch their website in the next few months.

Congratulations to Fitri and the rest of the Campa team on your progress!


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, http://www.freshdeli.co
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, http://masakoh.ml/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, http://solar-flare.co
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!

On every cohort, Jolkona aims to introduce our catalysts to mentors and other established industry leaders so that they can learn about new opportunities, and industry tips to empower their own projects. On May 20th, we drove our catalysts to visit Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond, WA. We all made it to the Visitor’s Center foyer, and got a chance to learn more about Josh Holmes’ experience as a Microsoft employee in his various roles at the company.

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Josh started off by introducing himself, and the roles he has played at Microsoft. Josh has worked as product evangelist, and now he is part of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program. He has also worked from various locations, including Dublin and of course Seattle.

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Holo Lens and other Microsoft tools for entrepreneurs

It wasn’t long before Josh started talking a little bit about what Microsoft has been up to lately, especially when it comes to the Holo Lens. One of the catalysts’ projects is in fact about augmented and virtual reality as a means of education. She was quick to ask about how her project could leverage Microsoft’s Holo Lens or other products.

Josh not only mentioned how the Holo Lens is still in the works, and it will take some time for it goes to market, but he also mentioned other tools that social entrepreneurs can leverage, including Microsoft’s Azure. Social entrepreneurs can enjoy Azure for free.

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Other catalysts were also very interested on how Microsoft Ventures is accelerating startups around the world. Josh mentioned there are 7 Microsoft accelerators around the globe, located in Seattle, Bangalore, London, Berlin, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Paris. Each accelerator has a particular focus; John mentioned Beijing’s accelerator has a clear focus on hardware.

All accelerators accept international entrepreneurs and projects, and they offer a 3-6 month program, $25k on average per project, all equity free. Microsoft aims to make these projects successful, because the more successful you are, the more likely you are to use Microsoft’s products in the long run.

Corporate Culture

Jolkona’s executive director, Monica Mendoza, wanted the catalysts to learn more about Microsoft’s corporate culture, prompting Josh to speak a little bit more about it.

Josh responded that although Microsoft is a 200,000 employee behemoth where there is quite the number of processes to get things done, there is complete freedom to achieve goals, and cooperate with one another.

Josh recalled the times when Microsoft was more about competition and getting things done. However, Satya Nadella has been promoting more of a cooperative environment, one in which results aren’t the only things that matter, but how employees feel about their jobs and teams.

Tips on how to be more productive

Linked to this corporate culture, is the way you can break down your day and feel more productive. In Josh’s case, he mentioned how he is an early riser, and how his best and most creative work is done between the hours of 5:30am and 8:30am. After that, he answers all emails, and burns through his daily to-do list. In the evenings, he is very active, exercises, and wears himself down to get a good night sleep, and do it all over again the next day.

Josh also recommended the book “Career Superpowers” by James Whitaker to learn more on the subject.

Time for some fun!

After a hearty talk about all things Microsoft, the catalysts went on to have some fun with several of Microsoft’s best products, including: Skype, Xbox Kinect, Windows Phone, Emotion detectors, and giant screens.

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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