Alaska Startup Resources and Calendar

What is the Alaska Startup Community all about? We are are building practical solutions to the challenges that matter in the arctic and the world – Innovation with Impact! Alaskans are solution oriented, practical minded, and resourceful. Our solutions enhance the value and sustainability of our communities, oceans, energy systems, food security, healthcare and celebrate the artic and outdoor adventures. Alaska is a global epicenter for the impacts of climate change, alternative energy transitions, rural economic security, and healthcare. And, Alaska is at a global nexus of time zones and location with most of the developed world’s economy reachable within a regular work day and airplane flight. The work we do in Alaska matters for Alaskans today, the generations that have lived here for 10,000 years, and the generations to follow.

Innovation Ecosystem and Startup Community Organizations

Center ICE – Events, training, funding, startup assistance, networking – Email sign up for newsletter
Alaska Startups Email sign up for newsletter (The directory link is not working)
Center for Economic Development – See the report section.
49SAF – Funding and community organizing

Events and Resources – Year of Innovation

Check the Alaska Startups Facebook page for events and the following links- https://www.facebook.com/akstartups/events/

Community Key events include:

  • Fall – Spring – Weekly 1 Million Cups Pitch/Idea Discussions
  • Fall – Startup Weekend
  • Fall – Alaska Startup Week
  • Winter – Innovation Summit
  • Winter/Spring – UA Business Plan Competition – UAA only in 2021
  • Winter/Spring – Arctic Innovation Competition (Ideas) (was a fall event).
  • Winter/Spring – Alaska Angel Conference

Resources and Programs

Here are a couple places to sign up to receive newsletters and announcements. See something missing? Please use the “suggest a link” at the top or bottom of the Alaska Startup Digest to share your favorite way to stay connected and it will be added in the future.

Newsletters and Places to Visit for Information

Community Building

Alaska Startup Week – Held in November at the same time as the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Anchorage Community Land Trust – Set Up Shop business and entrepreneurship support program.

Ideation

1Million Cups – Weekly during the fall and spring – Present your early stage idea for feedback and crowdsourcing ideas and contacts.
Arctic Innovation Competition An idea competition with cash prizes (Delayed to spring 2021)
Upstart Alpha Accelerator – UA student and community accelerator program.

Model

Startup Weekend (Virtual national COVID SuWk held in spring. Anchorage or Fairbanks events not held in 2020 – TBD)
gBETA Accelerator – New in Anchorage

Strategy

Mentoring – No current formal mentoring programs available.
Innovation Summit – February statewide meet up. Virtual in 2021.

Planning

Alaska Small Business Development Center – SBDC assistance with planning, funding and other business support resources and classes.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center – PTAC assistance with doing business with the government.
UAA Business Plan Competition – Watch for updates on the 2021 deadlines that are expected to be in late January.
Spruce Root – Rural SE and SW Alaska small startup business assistance and seed funding.

Finance

Alaska Small Business Development Center – SBDC assistance with planning, funding and other business support resources and classes.
Alaska Investor Network – Alaska’s angel group that meets monthly in the fall and spring. Must apply to present. (link not working?)
Alaska Angel Conference – An annual angel training fund providing about 100K in investment in the spring. Deadlines for applying and participating early in the year.
49SAF – Funding and community organizing

Launch

Alaska Small Business Development Center – SBDC assistance with planning, funding and other business support resources and classes.
Launch Alaska – Energy Accelerator Program providing assistance to late stage startups seeking pilot project opportunities related to food, water, transportation, and the environment.
Alaska Ocean Cluster – Pending startup studio for Blue/Ocean ventures
Health TIE (Testbed for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) – semiweekly programs featuring health tech startups and assistance with pilot projects.

Things to add in the future:

  • Startup Venture Directory
  • Startup Founder Directory
  • Startup Founder Programs
  • Annual Alaska Startup Investment Funding Report (Last done by Ky for 2019)
  • CoWorking Location Directory
  • List of Startup Podcast
  • List of Startup online resources
  • List of Startup books

Your comments and suggestions are welcome!