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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!

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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

Light of Hope and Zero to Infinity, two Jolkona Catalyst Fall’15 organizations, signed an MOU last week to begin the ground work in which the two organizations can begin to work together.

Light of Hope is a tech-based nonprofit delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for rural schools in Bangladesh. They currently have four “digital schools” – low cost, solar run classrooms with laptops in rural parts of Bangladesh. Zero to Infinity publishes the only Bengali science magazine in Bangladesh with over 100K readers.

The groundwork for this partnership began during the two founders’ participation in our Fall’15 Jolkona Catalyst program. Abdullah al Mahmud of Zero to Infinity and Wali Bhuiyan of Light of Hope both represented Bangladesh in the fall program. Now that they have both returned to their home country, they have signed a partnership agreement. The main objective of their MOU is to make STEM education more interesting and fun among kids in Bangladesh.

The partnership includes the following highlights:

1. Light of Hope and Zero Infinity agree to publish children’s science books with examples of scientific experiments

2. Both of them have agreed to execute joint projects in schools to make science education more interesting

3. Exposure and sharing of each organization’s resources, events, and develop educational, scientific content

Because Zero to Infinity has the largest distribution system in Bangladesh for their science magazine and Light of Hope has an exclusive network of NGOs and schools, working together will help both organizations to serve their common goals: making science education popular and more interesting among future generations.

We’re excited to see the progress Light of Hope and Zero to Infinity continue to make with their new partnership!

Siyu works as an accounting intern at Jolkona. She works with our Executive Director to manage expense reporting related to the Jolkona Catalyst program. Siyu is a graduate student at Seattle University and is studying Professional Accounting. She has a great passion for accounting and hopes to pursue a career in the field upon graduation.

Siyu loves volunteering with nonprofits and other types of events. She used to be a volunteer at the Art Management Department at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Siyu also co-founded an on-campus convenient store when she was in her sophomore year of college. She is very interested in entrepreneurship and she is thrilled to join Jolkona and get to know all their brilliant social entrepreneurs.

Woochan Lee recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Accounting. He’s always had a keen interest in volunteering at a non-profit. He decided to join Jolkona prior to working full-time. He’s excited to be a part of the Jolkona team as an accounting intern and to help Jolkona with its mission of promoting social entrepreneurship around the globe!

Amir Foy is a recent college graduate and an active dreamer. Amir has been living out of his backpack for one year; traveling with a purpose to create his own social enterprise. Currently he is working on Project Kopi. Project Kopi buys and sells coffee from Indonesia and donates the profits back to the location where the coffee is sourced.

Amir also grew up in the mountains. If he’s not in the city, you can find him camping in the wilderness.

Kirsten Eldridge is currently a student at Seattle University, where she is pursuing a major in Spanish and a minor in Women and Gender studies. Her interests include, economics, public health, and international development. She is always trying to learn more about social entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector, so she was thrilled to assist Jolkona with the Jolkona Catalyst accelerator for the Fall’15 Cohort.

 

Kymberly is firstly an innovator and entrepreneur.  She builds relationships, sees the big picture, and is passionate about results.  Kymberly holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Internet Marketing. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Dayton and is a Music Therapist- Board Certified. She built and ran a Music Therapy company for five years in New Jersey.  Her background includes extensive work in relationship development, program development, and personal growth.  She is most proud of her ability to think outside of the box to solve problems, success at creating relationships and influencing without power, and ability to utilize resources effectively to enhance outcomes.

Christine Rmah was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Christine has a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication. She is currently in school at Edmonds Community College for an Event Planning Certificate.

As an Event volunteer, Christine helped to implement our Summer 2015 Happy Hour at the Galvanize Tech Campus and Co-working Space. She also supported the Jolkona Catalyst staff during our Fall 2015 Jolkona Catalyst Welcome Dinner and during the Jolkona Catalyst Showcase event.

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