We’re proud to introduce the first five participants in Project Catalyst, Jolkona’s new accelerator for social entrepreneurs from developing countries.
This 2-week intensive workshop will bring five candidates from Indonesia to Seattle, where they can hone their business plans, gain valuable insights, and meet prospective investors. We can’t wait to welcome them to our offices on June 8!
Name: Dino Fitriza
Projects: Both of Dino Fitriza’s projects, Claps and Vertesac, work toward raising awareness of climate change and natural disasters, and encouraging people to modify their behaviors toward the environment. Claps is a mobile photo sharing app for pictures and videos of the “real” impact of climate change. While it aims to document and educate civilians about natural disaster, Claps also offers to help government, research institutions, and NGOs to develop new ways to educate people about climate change and natural disaster. Meanwhile Vertesac is a smart shopping bag system designed to track consumer use of reusable bags and offer discounts to users. By giving economic incentives to Vertesac bag users, the project aims to reduce the excessive use of plastic bags.
Project: The Healthy Shredded Fish not only produces an Indonesian national snack, but is a campaign for healthier lifestyles, because the shredded fish does not contain MSG. In addition, the project employs fishermen’s wives in coastal areas in South Sulawesi, which helps increase income and to reduce poverty in the area.
Project: To promote literacy rate in Indonesia and instill passion for reading, Pack Your Spirit collects children’s used-books, host community events for packaging, and coordinates their transportation to remote schools in the villages of east Borneo. It is currently working on a project to assist Balikpapan’s Public Library with community development.
Project: LeafPlus is communications agency with sustainability at the heart of their work. LeafPlus believes that good communications is about inspiring perceptions, emotions and actions that benefit people and the planet too. LeafPlus works with government agencies, businesses, NGO’s, schools and communities to identify their sustainability objectives and translate complex concepts into creative, engaging and easily shared stories. Challenging conventional communication methods in delivering social and environmental messages, LeafPlus goes beyond advising to deliver implementation and impact.
Project: While Wangsa Jelita produces non-toxic, natural personal care products to address environmental issues of waste, it empowers local farmers and artisans as well. The project provides fair trade and community development, especially to women in the rose farming community in West Java, and collaborates with local artisans to create environmentally-friendly packaging.
If you are interested in helping these amazing entrepreneurs, Project Catalyst is recruiting for mentors, coaches and hosts! If you are available between June 8 and 22, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.