Startup Weekend: Juneau

    Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend: Juneau

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

University of Alaska, Southeast
11120 Glacier Hwy
Egan Classroom Building
Juneau, AK 99801

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Do something amazing in 54 hours!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday March 23rd

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Kick-Off
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
Start forming and discussing ideas, forming teams and taking 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

10:00 pm
End of day one

Saturday March 24th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
First Coaching Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Working Lunch
Healthy Lunch & continued coaching sessions

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

2:00 pm
Get Out Of The Building! Quick presentation on user research, teams designate members that disperse for research and validation

4:00 pm
2nd Batch of Coaching Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Dinner & Business Speaker

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 March 25th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
Working lunch and Coaching Sessions

12:30 pm
Final Coach Sessions

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Margaret O'Neal
JEDC Director of Operations

During her years in commercial banking and finance, Margaret helped hundreds of businesses in Alaska’s urban and rural areas thrive. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Margaret moved to Alaska in 1983 to work as a Senior Operations Manager for Alaska Federal Savings & Loan. Margaret spent much of her career as a commercial loan officer in Alaska and operated her own financial consulting firm that provided turnaround assistance to small business owners and consulting for prominent financial institutions.

Nigel Sharp
Global Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Alaska

As the University of Alaska's first Global Entrepreneur In Residence, Nigel Sharp is a resource for staff, students and faculty as well as the wider Alaska entrepreneurial community. Previously, he worked in the same capacity at the University of Colorado Boulder where he co-founded a university spin-out company that raised venture funding and was accepted into the Techstars business accelerator in 2017. In recent years, Nigel co-founded software companies working on technologies ranging from voice recognition and gesture control to IT network security. He has judged, mentored or organized 18 Hackathons/StartupWeekends, started businesses in six countries, participated in four business acceleration programs and spoken at TEDx.

Midgi Moore
CCTP, Owner, Juneau Food Tours

Starting with a simple food blog, Meals with Midgi, and then a newspaper column of the same name, Midgi Moore has shared her passion for Alaska and the food scene with visitors to Juneau. She is most excited when telling the food story of Alaskan chefs and culinary entrepreneurs.

Julie Hamilton, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Assistant Professor of Accounting, UAS

Julie was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska.  Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Alaska Southeast.  After working for international accounting firms (Deloitte and Touche) and regional accounting firms (Elgee Rehfeld Mertz) she opened her own successful CPA firm in Juneau (Wolfe & Hamilton CPAs).  Julie subsequently went on to work in accounting and teaching positions in the nonprofit sector, the investment industry, and education.  Numerous startup and small companies have relied on her expertise in accounting, financial management and analysis, budgeting, and planning.  She has served on many nonprofit boards over her 30 years of professional experience.

Zach Wilkinson
COO & Co-Founder, Tidal Visions

Zach has a diverse background with experience in several small businesses, large corporations, agriculture, finance, economic development and entrepreneurship.

Kelli Grummett

A life long Alaskan and entrepreneur, Kelli launched several new business endeavors during the 12 year span as an owner and president of Alaska Travel Adventures. In addition to ownership in Alaska Travel Adventures, she started many businesses including her own rafting company, real estate practice, dog breeding business, and several other small endeavors along the way. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend: Juneau 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 Juneau is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jake
  • Patrick
  • Dana
  • Nigel
  • Eva


Max Gurvits
CCC Startups

Max Gurvits is a US/European entrepreneur and investor. Graduated as a lawyer, Max founded an online legal services company in Amsterdam in 2008. In 2011, he sold the business and moved to Bulgaria, where he co-founded one of the biggest regional tech acceleration programs and funds (Eleven Startup Accelerator and EUR 12m seed fund). Active in Europe and the Middle East as startup advisor and (angel) investor, Max is particularly focused on Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
In 2014, Max co-founded CCC Startups, a partnership focused on investments and ecosystem-building across Europe and the Middle East, producing Startup AddVenture events and launching a new regional investment fund in 2015.

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