Startup Weekend Anchorage

    Friday, July 24 - 26, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Anchorage

Friday, July 24 - 26, 2015

Friday, July 24 - 26, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Boardroom
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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Friday July 24th

6:30 pm
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
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 July 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

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

Sunday July 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Melissa Moody
Sales Development Manager, Travel at Google and Industry Development Manager, Travel

She currently works at  as Industry Development Manager, Travel, Global Top Accounts crafting strategic recommendations that reflect the changing travel consumer and global market, for the long-term growth and success of Google's largest partners in the travel industry.

She also has the position of Sales Development Manager, Travel
 at Google, managing marketing and research for Google's Travel team - and working to inform the strategy of its largest partners in the travel industry.

Jonathan Bittner
Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce

Jonathan has received the award "Top Forty Under 40" in Alaska, and he works now as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, he oversees the Divisions of Economic Development, Banking & Securities and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Jonathan also serves as the Department’s representative on the Boards of AIDEA/AEA, ASMI, AHFC, the Alaska Food Resource Working Group, the Anchorage Economic Development Corp, the Arctic Ad Hoc Working Group, the Alaska Geospatial Council, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts Strategic Planning Committee.

In addition to the previous, he is responsible for supporting the Divisions and corporations in his portfolio, helping to craft policy and messaging for the various programs within the Department, initiating new programs and areas of focus as well as serving as the public face of the Department’s efforts.

He is one of the most important stakeholders in the Alaskan entrepreneurial arena, thanks to his contributions not just from his "day job", but also from the ones outside it. 

Katherine Jernstrom

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.

Jamie Kenworthy
Member-Manager of the 49th Fund

Jamie Kenworthy is a member-manager of the 49th Fund, LLC that was launched in 2014.
Jamie worked for the Michigan Strategic Fund before coming to Alaska in 1995.  Jamie Kenworthy was Executive Director of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation for over 7 years, served on the Executive Committee of NSFNet (the backbone of the pre-Internet), and the Board of Trustees for the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, a $50 M R&D shop that is a leader in remote sensing technology. 
He has a B.A. cum laude from Amherst  College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Cameron Poindexter
Bristol Bay Development Fund Manager at Bristol Bay Development Fund, LLC

Alex Worthen
Member of the Alaska Accelerator Fund + Founder-President of Give to Grow International + Real Estate Investor and Manager + Owner of Worthen Technology Solutions

Alex is an entrepreneur with a varied background encompassing business valuation, information technology, real estate investment and tourism. 
He has a BBA in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an MBA from the University of Washington. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts(NACVA). 

One of his newest ventures is joining the Alaska Accelerator fund, which invests in Alaska based startups. He also is a founding member of The 49th State Angel Investor Network, which helps foster entrepreneurs and their businesses in Alaska.

Alex has always enjoyed the creation process that comes with startups, and has a desire to create value. He got his early investing experience providing micro credit loans in a number of nations through the nonprofit Give to Grow International.  Alex has also been involved in a number of startups in the Pacific Northwest.

When not doing work related shenanigans, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and family, traveling the world (40+ countries and counting), scuba diving, sailing, riding motorcycles, and enjoying the beautiful sights that Alaska has to offer.  
Alex Worthen lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

Christi Bell
Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director at UAA Business Enterprise Institute

Coaches and Mentors

Eric McCallum
President of Arctic Wire Rope and Supply, and Founding Guarantor for MicroCredit Enterprises

Katherine Jernstrom

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.

Lance Ahern

Mark Bolzern
Chief Technology Officer at Northern Utility Services

For over thirty years Mark has successfully anticipated the future as it regards technology, and then created and positioned systems & companies to support what was coming, with on-going open communications, and helping organizations grow. These have included LinuxMall, the Alaska Computer Society, Linux International, WebVyz and now NUSalaska.

Timothy R.
Justice, Corporate Law and Governance, Ethics, and Jurisprudence

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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Eric
  • Pascual
  • Ky
  • Ross
  • Katherine
  • Matti
  • Matt
  • Gianna


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around North America exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is also a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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