Startup Weekend Anchorage

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Anchorage

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018



Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

4th Avenue Market Place
333 W 4th Ave #207
Port View Room
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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No Talk, All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 Hours.

When: November 9-11, 2018
Where: 
Located in: 4th Avenue Market Place, Address: 333 W 4th Ave #207, Anchorage, AK 99501
How Much: $99 ---- $75 early bird special through 10/26.   Email anchorage@startupweekend.org for information on student and military discounts.
Prizes: Participate and find out!

Startup Weekend Anchorage
Startup Weekends is a 54-hour event designed to provide experiential education for creators, executors, and innovators. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend culminates in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% creators (developers, coders, designers, tinkerers, artists) and 50% executors (marketing, finance, law, business strategy) or a combination of both.  Roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.

What you’ll get out of the event
  • Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  • Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!
  • Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or give marketing a try.  With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.
  • Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.  
  • Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Food: You will be well fed during the weekend.
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Still have questions? Reach out to us at anchorage@startupweekend.org. 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 9th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 10th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Dinner


5:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Katherine Jernstrom
CEO

Katherine is a real jill-of-all-trades, master of nothing but good enough to be dangerous. A win in her book is to see the personal successes of Boardroomies and the connections they've made through coworking.


Ben Kellie
CEO & Chief Engineer

Ben Kellie is co-founder and CEO of K2 Dronotics, a UAV service and engineering company committed to making working in remote parts of the state safer and easier. He has also recently started The Launch Company, which provides expertise and hardware to rocket companies working on the next generation of space vehicles.


Mary Miner
Community Development Manager

Mary Miner is the Community Development Manager at Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc. Through her work, Mary advances the Company's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) initiatives, obtaining capital to support Alaska Native enterprises across the state and develop large-scale capital projects through the New Market Tax Credit program. Prior to joining AGC, Mary co-founded Atikus, a financial technology company operating in Rwanda. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Mary grew up supporting her family’s commercial fishing business in Bristol Bay. After living and working around the world, Mary returned to Alaska 2016. Mary sits on the Board of Directors of Launch Alaska and the Anchorage Community Land Trust’s Advisory Committee.


Nigel Sharp
Global Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Alaska

Nigel is the current Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) at the University of Alaska. A lifelong entrepreneur, Nigel engages as a mentor, adviser, guest lecturer, and panelist. Prior to this role, he served as the University of Colorado Boulder GEIR, where he co-founded a University spin-out company which raised venture funding and was accepted into the Techstars business accelerator in 2017. Nigel co-founded software companies working on technologies ranging from voice recognition, gesture control to IT Network security. He's spoken at TEDx, judged, mentored or organized 18 Hackathons/StartupWeekends, started businesses in six countries, and participated in four business acceleration programs.


Coaches and Mentors


Rachael Miller
Founder & Professor

Rachael Miller works with Content & Partnerships for The Food Corridor and is an Assistant Professor of Business at the Alaska Pacific University. Rachael received her MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Business at Colorado State University.


Nigel Sharp
Global Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Alaska

Nigel is the current Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GEIR) at the University of Alaska. A lifelong entrepreneur, Nigel engages as a mentor, adviser, guest lecturer, and panelist. Prior to this role, he served as the University of Colorado Boulder GEIR, where he co-founded a University spin-out company which raised venture funding and was accepted into the Techstars business accelerator in 2017. Nigel co-founded software companies working on technologies ranging from voice recognition, gesture control to IT Network security. He's spoken at TEDx, judged, mentored or organized 18 Hackathons/StartupWeekends, started businesses in six countries, and participated in four business acceleration programs.


Ben Kellie
CEO & Chief Engineer

Ben Kellie is co-founder and CEO of K2 Dronotics, a UAV service and engineering company committed to making working in remote parts of the state safer and easier. He has also recently started The Launch Company, which provides expertise and hardware to rocket companies working on the next generation of space vehicles.


Mary Miner
Community Development Manager

Mary Miner is the Community Development Manager at Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc. Through her work, Mary advances the Company's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) initiatives, obtaining capital to support Alaska Native enterprises across the state and develop large-scale capital projects through the New Market Tax Credit program. Prior to joining AGC, Mary co-founded Atikus, a financial technology company operating in Rwanda. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Mary grew up supporting her family’s commercial fishing business in Bristol Bay. After living and working around the world, Mary returned to Alaska 2016. Mary sits on the Board of Directors of Launch Alaska and the Anchorage Community Land Trust’s Advisory Committee.


Katherine Jernstrom
CEO

Katherine is a real jill-of-all-trades, master of nothing but good enough to be dangerous. A win in her book is to see the personal successes of Boardroomies and the connections they've made through coworking.


Ky Holland
Founder, Investor, Organizer

Ky is active in the Alaska startup community as a startup founder, investor, and event organizer. Currently he works with industry, investors and the UAF as the Technology Commercialization Officer, assisting students, staff and faculty. Ky brings a variety of academic and business experience. He has been a UAA and APU faculty member, a founding board member of the Launch Alaska business accelerator, co-founder of the Alaska Accelerator Fund, executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, and has worked over 30 years in industrial product design, operations, sales, and management. Ky is a professional mechanical engineer and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in technology management. A career in business, education, workforce development and investing has developed Ky’s focus on growing Alaska's future value-added economy and opportunities for Alaskans around the state.


George Martinez
Special Assistant to the Mayor & Founder

George Martinez is an award winning artist, social entrepreneur, and educator. He is a former Cultural Envoy for the US Department of State and has been recognized by the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and United Nations Office on Drug and Crime for his innovative community development strategies in economically distressed communities. He is a civil society member of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, a member of the UAA Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and a member of the Education Policy Advisor Network of the National League of Cities. He currently serves as a Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz for education, youth development, diversity and economic development.


Eric McCallum
Entrepreneur & Investor

Eric is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who in 1983 founded Arctic Wire and Rope, Alaska's oldest and largest supplier of wire rope and rigging used in heavy lifts. He invests in early stage clean technology and third world social enterprises. He is a guarantor and board member of MCE Social Capital. He is focused on leveraging market solutions to address poverty and global warming.


Jimmy Miner
Project Manager

Jimmy Miner is a project manager with JL Properties, Inc. and its affiliates First Alaska Capital Partners and the Anchorage Opportunity Fund. In this role Jimmy focuses on real estate asset development, acquisition, and disposition; private equity investments across geographies and asset classes, and venture capital investments both specific to Alaska and social impact opportunities globally. Before joining JL Properties Jimmy spent four years working at Deloitte where he consulted on a variety of projects including. Jimmy has an MBA from Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder and undergraduate degrees in accounting and real estate finance from DePaul University.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Anchorage team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Anchorage is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Alyse
    Daunis
  • Julia
    Casey
  • Rachael
    Miller
  • Emma
    Kelly
  • Piper
    Foster Wilder
  • Tasha
    Webster
  • Udbahav
    Naidoo
  • Domenic
    Guinta
  • MaryAlice
    Turletes
  • Jasmin
    Smith
  • Ky
    Holland

Facilitators


Tyrone Howard
MIH man

A 15 year active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a two years of testing started Get Social - The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A co-organizer or the Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee meetup. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.

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Tyrone Howard
MIH man

A 15 year active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a two years of testing started Get Social - The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A co-organizer or the Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee meetup. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.


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