Recap: Welcoming Jolkona Boost to Seattle

During the first week of the Fall’15 Jolkona Catalyst program, the Jolkona Team was excited to welcome a group of five South Asian nationals for the first Jolkona Boost program. 

Aecil Trinidad from the Philippines poses with the Jolkona Catalyst banner

Aecil Trinidad from the Philippines poses with the Jolkona Catalyst banner

The Jolkona Boost team is a group of energetic, young founders representing Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brunei. They are the winning team from an entrepreneurship workshop and pitch competition that took place on August 4-6 in Kuala Lumpur and was funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.  The event — “Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Generation: Startup Weekend ASEAN” ( — brought together 110 young aspiring Southeast Asian entrepreneurs to develop strategies on growing their local startup communities.

The five teammates came together to create a green energy start-up called APOLLO. Their start-up aims to provide energy efficiency and battery charging convenience to all of its users.

The Jolkona Boost Team working at Galvanize

The Jolkona Boost Team working at Galvanize

During their time in Seattle, the Jolkona Boost team attended a combination of Jolkona Catalyst workshops and Seattle Startup Week events for an intense one week program. Because the Jolkona Boost team live in different countries, they are faced with the unique challenge of running a startup across borders. Their week in Seattle allowed them to work on their business plan and strategy without having to rely on Skype and e-mail.

The Jolkona Boost team visiting the Microsoft Visitor Center

Visiting the Microsoft Visitor Center

Before their departure, the Jolkona Boost team joined their Jolkona Catalyst colleagues on a trip to the Microsoft Visitor’s Center in Redmond. We then celebrated the end of their time in Seattle with a happy hour cohosted by the Jolkona team and Galvanize. The happy hour allowed our Boost team to spend time with their fellow Catalysts, homestay hosts, and members of the Galvanize community before their return home.

We wish the Jolkona Boost team all the best as they continue to grow APOLLO! 


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