by Kirsten Eldridge, Jolkona Volunteer
The Jolkona Catalyst entrepreneurs kicked off their second week in the Jolkona office with a group mentor session with J. Michael Cavitt. Michael is an author, a speaker, a change agent, a trainer and a connector. During his forty year plus career, he has consulted, coached and trained top managers in state government, small business owners, individual investors and professionals.
Michael’s facilitated discussion with the participants focused on business planning. Throughout the discussion, the Catalysts took notes on their plans, strategies, and goals for their respective ventures. Beyond explaining the more technical aspects of business planning, Michael also offered advice from his experiences within the Seattle startup community, encouraging the Catalysts not to be afraid of failure and to “fail forward” in their endeavors.
Following their group mentor session, the entrepreneurs prepared for and attended one-on-one meetings with their Seattle-based mentors. These mentor sessions are invaluable to our participants and we can’t wait to see what they’ve learned when they pitch their ventures at our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on November 11th in the beautiful, new Galvanize co-working space in historic Pioneer Square. 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.