Startup Weekend Alaska - Winter 2016

    Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Alaska - Winter 2016

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Boardroom
601 W 5th Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Startup Weekend 2016 Focus on Energy and Arctic Technology

The 2016 winter Startup Weekend will begin at 6PM on January 29th and conclude Sunday evening with judging.  We invite people from around the state to gather and explore ideas that might power the future of the Alaskan Economy with a focus on energy and arctic technology solutions. Participation and ideas are not limited to these areas however we are aligning this Startup Weekend event with the new Launch Alaska Accelerator that will be accepting applications in February in the energy and arctic technology fields and we hope a few teams from the Startup Weekend will apply to Alaska's first accelerator program. 

Startup Weekends are about networking, meeting new people, sharing your talents, being creative, solving problems, learning from coaches and each other - all parts of the process of creating innovative new solutions to problems and opportunities we face.  You don't need think you'll be giving up your day job to be an entrepreneur.. you'll be learning how have fun with others solving problems and turning those solutions in to a viable business enterprise for profit or social good.  You can even learn to use the business model canvas approach to create new solutions in existing businesses. This will be the seventh Startup Weekend in Alaska in the last three years (four in Anchorage and three in Fairbanks). Each has been a lot of fun for everyone and created businesses that are operating today and innovative connected people who are creating and growing Alaskan businesses.  We hope you will join us for a weekend of innovation, ideas, meeting new people and creating new companies following the lean methods of the business model canvas - 54 hours from idea to business!  Sign up today!


Friday January 29th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 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 January 30th

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 January 31st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Kick Off Meeting

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

12:00 pm

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
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jon Bittner
VP Anchorage Economic Development

Event Judges

Forrest Nabors
Partner - Alyeska Venture Management

Partner - Alyeska Venture Management

Kristian Pettyjohn
Founder - Photoup

Kristian is a socially-minded tech  entrepreneur specializing in software and digital products. His company PhotoUp seeks to alleviate poverty in the Philippines through holistic employment, education and leadership development. He also runs Western Venture Partners, a tech-for-royalty venture firm focused primarily on accelerating growth in early-stage, socially-minded startups. He has successfully raised two rounds of venture capital and is currently fundraising for his next startup, Vectto.

Stephen Trimble
Entrepreneur and Energy Consultant

Coaches and Mentors

Ky Holland
Technology Commercialization Officer @ University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska startup community activist, educator, B2B industrial business ops manager and founder, angel investor and seed fund manager. Ky is a community organizer that has been working in Anchorage to develop the startup ecosystem as an educator, investor and startup entrepreneur.  Contact Ky for more information about the Innovation to Launch model that bridges the world of Lean and traditional business startup plans and financing.

Al Hermann

Beverly Dennis

Allan Johnston

Lance Ahern

Alex Worthen
Member - Alaska Accelerator Fund

Aaron Morse

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Alaska - Winter 2016 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Anchorage is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ky
  • Pascual
  • Katherine
  • Gianna
  • Juliet
  • Ayla
  • Lance


David Tominsky
Community Builder

David Tominsky is a 14-year veteran of the staffing industry and now Program Manager of the Iowa Startup Accelerator. After launching CoreTCS in 2010, he has immersed himself in the community where he focuses his energy on fostering creativity and entrepreneurship training in K-12 education, developing the local talent economy, and working tirelessly to make Iowa's Creative Corridor the most amazing place to start a company.

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