Catalysts Develop Their Pitches

by Kirsten Eldridge, Jolkona Volunteer


Before heading off to Redmond for a tour of Microsoft this Friday morning, our Jolkona Catalyst participants received pitch coaching from startup aficionado Dan Kranzler.  Dan is a wireless and technology industry entrepreneur who for 35 years has managed, supported, and financed startup high–tech companies in wireless and social media.

Dan Kranzler Pitch Coaching Oct 30After several of our entrepreneurs gave their pitches, Dan shared feedback and some insight on the nature of pitches. He told the participants that the purpose of a pitch is twofold.  They allow a person to talk about what they do, but in the process of being created they also highlight what is important to the entrepreneur.  The work the participants are putting into their pitches during their three weeks in Seattle will help them to prioritize and guide their ventures when they return to Bangladesh and Indonesia.

This was not the first time our Catalysts pitched their ventures—they gave fast pitches on their very first day in the Jolkona office!  It was exciting to see the progress the participants have made with their presentations in only one short week.  We can’t wait to see their continued progress at our Showcase!  You can register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on November 11th to see our entrepreneurs give their final pitches for the program.  Click here to RSVP!

Jolkona Catalyst brings high potential social entrepreneurs from emerging countries to Seattle for an intensive 3-week mentor-driven accelerator. These entrepreneurs are solving some of the most challenging societal issues in their communities. Our mentors include some of Seattle’s best startup talent who prepare these founders to scale and engage with investors at home and abroad.

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