Alaska Startup Week Is Happening July 17-30
Alaska Startup Week is a little different than most of the other startup weeks. It’s still a partnership with Techstars, and you can expect a wide variety of great entrepreneurship and startup related activity. But you may notice that it’s a little longer than one week. It’s also statewide where most Startup Week events are city-wide.
Alaska Startup Week is the 10 day event formerly known as Alaska Entrepreneurship Week. It’s the cornerstone state wide event in Innovate Alaska, a collaborative effort of most of Alaska’s economic development, small business, startup and entrepreneurship initiatives. Many of Alaska’s co-working spaces, accelerators, incubators and investors have come together under one umbrella to strengthen entrepreneurship. They do this through a “pipeline” of curated events publicized through the weekly Startup Digest calendar (also a Techstars partnership).
The organizations involved in Innovate Alaska are hopeful that through these events, found here, entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses will be able to start with an idea and have it fostered and grown to eventually lead to investment.
Alaska Startup Week kicks off July 17th with Alaska Business Week’s High School Band Camp, a one week bootcamp for high school students, teaching them the ins and outs of starting a business. Later that evening Launch Alaska is having a happy hour event to welcome their 2017 cohort. Launch Alaska is the state’s first business accelerator. The following week on July 26th Anchorage Economic Development will be showcasing some of Anchorage’s newest businesses ahead of their annual luncheon at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Like all Startup Week’s there’s a bunch of great events that fill up the entire 10 day period. You can find an event guide here.
The event is being organized by Ky Holland the founder and CEO of iA3.io a local Alaska IoT startup. Holland is also an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University. Juliet Shepherd, a Project Manager at Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is the other lead organizer for Alaska Startup Week.
Check out the entire event here at alaska.startupweek.co