Startup Weekend - Anchorage

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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Startup Weekend - Anchorage

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Boardroom
601 W 5th Ave., Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99516

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Build the Business and Alaska You Want

2016 is a pivotal year for Alaskans... do we sit back and watch our economy sink after the loss of the oil revenue and the State spending of that income, OR, are you ready to Build the Alaska You Want?  Join us for the next Startup Weekend in November. This follows a great event held in Fairbanks in September and our earlier January event in Anchorage.  Startup Weekends have created businesses that continue to operation years later - and they connect the Arctic Innovation Competition to later events including a December Business Model Competition and the spring Launch Alaska pre-accelerator and then the main event - our second cohort of the Launch Alaska Accelerator program.  You can start in the fall and follow this path to over $40,000 in funding and in one year go from and idea to an investable business.  Join us for a weekend of fun, food and friends as you learn the tools of Lean Entrepreneurship and design a new business model that will be part of the future economy of Alaska. No experience necessary... you don't even have to have an idea... just a passion for being creative, solving problems and being a part of the solution.  Follow us on Facebook for updated information and register today to attend.

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Friday November 11th

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 November 12th

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 November 13th

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
Dinner & Economic Dev Plan Discussion
Dinner will be provided for everyone with a facilitated discussion asking the startup up community to help with the states economic development plans.

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


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.

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.
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
  • Ayla
  • Rachael
  • Dan
  • Ross
  • Jacqueline
  • Lance
  • Katherine
  • Ethan
  • Juliet
  • Cassandra
  • Forrest
  • Gianna


Sydney Lai
Product Marketing Lead @ Audacy

Sydney Lai is a gregarious community leader passionate about helping people pursue entrepreneurship. Sydney works domestically and internationally building startup ecosystems, leading accelerators, venture funds and community events. As a technical marketer and designer with an award winning background in sales and business development, Sydney grows products and services users want. Her work spans across industries and startups including finance, virtual reality, enterprise, and aerospace.

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