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.
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!