On Wednesday, November 11 the Jolkona team celebrated the close of our fourth Jolkona Catalyst Program with a culmination Showcase at the beautiful Galvanize Campus in Pioneer Square. Jolkona Catalyst is an intensive, three-week business accelerator for founders from emerging countries. The Jolkona Catalyst Showcase allowed our founders the opportunity to tell their story to 90 guests from the Seattle start-up and non-profit community.
For the fall program, we welcomed our largest cohort to-date with 15 young leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia. This was also our first multi-country program giving our Catalysts the opportunity to share ideas across countries. Over the course of the three weeks, our Catalysts engaged in mentor-based training and pitch coaching with experts from the Seattle startup community.
We kicked off the evening with a welcome note from our Executive Director, Monica Mendoza. Monica shared with the audience updates from our alumni as they continue to grow their organizations.
During the Showcase, our Catalysts presented their organizations and businesses in front of the Seattle community in 5-minute presentation format. Their presentations were truly inspirational with our Catalysts demonstrating how their ventures are helping to combat social issues faced by their home countries.
We closed the event with a graduation and awards ceremony to honor all of the hard work accomplished by our Catalysts over the past three weeks. Afterwards, our friends and supporters were able to network with our Catalysts while enjoying an Indonesian and Bangladeshi dinner!
Interested in learning more about our Catalysts and their ventures? Visit our dedicated Fall’15 Catalyst page.