Alaska Startup Week goes online Nov. 16-22

  • From Nov. 16-22, Alaskans interested in entrepreneurship and innovation are invited to attend events ranging from marketing webinars and a master class for the new economy to an opportunity to identify problems and solutions. (Photo/Courtesy/Gretchen Fauske)

Alaska Startup Week is back for 2020, although it looks a bit different this year: all events will be 100 percent online!

From Nov. 16-22, Alaskans interested in entrepreneurship and innovation are invited to attend events ranging from marketing webinars and a master class for the new economy to an opportunity to identify problems and solutions North of the 60th Parallel and 1 Million Cups featuring Triverus!

Co-chaired by Erin Baca, Director of the 49th State Angel Fund and Jake Carpenter of AppCare, events are being developed with an eye to the times: a number of sessions focus on helping businesses learn digital marketing tools to reach customers and organizers are planning a watch party for a mini documentary featuring entrepreneurs sharing their experiences with failure and resilience.

Alaska Startup Week coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, giving participants access to 40,000 events occurring in 180 countries across the world.

Additionally, a series of op-eds exploring topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation will run in the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

“Startup Week has always been an opportunity for our community to come together,” Baca said. “And this year’s no different - we’ll just be spending time together virtually! It’s actually a great opportunity for people across the state to connect; usually we’re limited by geography, but this year we’ll all be in the digital realm.”

A sense of community is more important than ever; entrepreneurship can often be an isolating endeavor, and pursuing a business in the midst of a global pandemic is even more challenging.

If you’re looking for connection to Alaska’s startup community, join us! All are welcome.

Find more information about Alaska Startup Week at alaska.startupweek.com, and on the Alaska Startups Facebook page. Events will be added daily until Startup Week commences!

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Gretchen Fauske is a marketing-minded economic developer fueled by a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. She is the associate director for the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Board President for Launch Alaska, Vice Chair for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach.

Updated: 
11/04/2020 - 9:46am