|Mike sharing the Zoona story|
This is the Girl Effect in action, and we believe that Zoona has the potential to multiply this many times over.
If I could sum up our experience in one word, it would be: “accelerating”!
Despite the relaxed camping environment with shared tents and outdoor showers, the two weeks was packed full of mind altering conversations and business building activities. Check out this great video summarizing the experience.
The quality of the other entrepreneurs was phenomenal, and we felt humbled to be in their presence. The other participants are truly taking on the world’s toughest challenges – and succeeding. And all of them are real businesses that are growing incredibly quickly. The cohort had operations in 30+ countries and averaged $2.2 million in revenue last year. Each of these ventures deserves a mention and all the support we can give them!
|Marketing guru Seth Godin teaches all|
Green Light Planet
Off Grid Electric
Eco Fuel Africa
Despite our differing geographies and industries, I was astounded by how we were all facing similar business challenges. From raising capital to building a team to achieving focus to scaling into new markets, all start-ups have to overcome the same hurdles around the world. These challenges – and our perseverance to overcome them – are what connect entrepreneurs together. I learned so much from this group and am proud to call them all friends.
We were also humbled to receive so much advice and coaching from an astonishing set of mentors that came to stay with us during the program and help us work on our businesses. Some of the key highlights include:
|Entertained by Michael Fitzpatrick|
Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline.com, helped us craft a brand message to lead our growth as we scale into new markets.
Seth Godin, taught us the secret of marketing by distilling it down to its most simple form: “people like us do things like this”.
Michael Fitzpatrick, one of the world’s top cellists, mesmerizing us with sounds in a private concert.
|Great support from Google's Patrick Pichette|
Patrick Pichette, the CFO of Google and a huge Zoona supporter, drove 3.5 hours (each way!) to visit for an afternoon and shared insights into how to build a culture of A-players.
The program culminated with each company presenting to an audience of 600 people at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. This was a fabulous experience and one that helped spread the message that entrepreneurship can be a tremendous force for good in the world.