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Jolkona Catalyst:

Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

2017 – 2018


Key Dates

Application Opens: July 1, 2017

Application Deadline: July 31, 2017



What We Are Looking For

Jolkona is now accepting applications from citizens of the countries listed below. We are actively looking for opportunities to expand the list of countries we work with and encourage you to contact us if your country is not listed below. You can email us at

  • Africa (AF): Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
  • East Asia and the Pacific (EAP): Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand
  • Middle East and North Africa (NEA): Algeria, Egypt, Isreal, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia
  • South and Central Asia (SCA): Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
  • Western Hemisphere (WHA): Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela

Before you apply, please review the following requirements:

  • You must be founder of an active social enterprise that has been in operation for at least one year.
  • We are specifically looking for social entrepreneurs who have spent 1-3 years building a small to medium size social venture (for-profit or non-profit) and have a proven track record
  • Founder should be committed to his/her venture and does not see it as a side business or a hobby
  • Founder must be able to participate for the full virtual program & if selected, they should be able to participate for a full THREE week program in U.S. While we are finalizing the dates, the program will most likely take place in May 2018.
  • We encourage applications from diverse entrepreneurs who have faced barriers related to their gender, race, age, geography, disability or sexual orientation or their status as veterans or displaced workers.
  • International founders must be eligible for a J1 or B visa
  • Because our curriculum is in English, founder must be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application


What We Offer

Young people can leverage entrepreneurship to drive social innovation in their communities. The Jolkona Catalyst program provides young social entrepreneurs with tangible skills, mentorships, and opportunities to establish and grow their social enterprises.

Specifically the program is designed to:

  • Develop general entrepreneurship skills around pitching, creating business plans, creating effective marketing campaigns, and team building
  • Expose participants to interesting models of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise structures
  • Foster job creation and positive social impact
  • Build people-to-people exchanges & partnerships
  • Transfer best practices
  • Showcase entrepreneurs to potential investors in United States & their home countries
  • Highlight successful social enterprises to motivate more youths
  • Increase social entrepreneurship activities in emerging

Catalyst Curriculum

Jolkona covers a core set of learning objectives and customizes the curriculum to each cohort . This offers a unique learning opportunity that is tailored to the needs of each participant.

Virtual Program: August – December 2017

  • Online workshop: How to Engage With Your Mentor August 15 – 30
  • Online workshop: Lean Business Model Canvas September 1 – 15
  • Online workshop: Crafting Your Pitch September 15 – 30
  • Business plans, Pitch Decks, Pitch Videos (3min) from the entrepreneurs due: Monday, October 17th
  • Business plans, Pitch Decks, Pitch Videos (3min) distributed to mentors: October 31st
  • 3 Mentor Calls (scheduled): November 9th to 22nd
  • Feedback and scorecards distributed to the entrepreneurs: December 5th

Seattle Program: May 2018

A select number of entrepreneurs will be invited to participate in the three week program. These will be selected by a panel of judges based on participation in the virtual program and the scores from the Business plan, Pitch Deck, Pitch Video scorecards.

During the three-week Seattle-based program, Jolkona delivers an actionable curriculum that covers key startup concepts through workshops, one-on-one mentor meetings and site visits. View a sample curriculum: Jolkona Catalyst Curriculum Example 

Discussions & hands-on exercises address topics like:

  • Defining Mission & Vision
  • Determining Product/Market Fit
  • Identifying Unique Value Proposition
  • Engaging Your Audience With Storytelling
  • Sustainable Revenue Models


We are continually growing our team of mentors that includes members of the Seattle business, startup and education communities. Jolkona mentors work with our Catalysts one-on-one for the duration of the program. Our mentors support our Catalysts as they develop their pitches and offer individualized advice to support our Catalysts in working through their venture’s current challenges.

Become A Mentor


Questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.


“Jolkona Catalyst was one of the biggest opportunities for me to have global entrepreneurship training. To step back from my venture, and to look at it from a different perspective helped me to refine the path to our vision…” – Faraiba F, Jolkona Catalyst Alum