What a night!
40+ budding entrepreneurs showed up last tonight at the brand new Engineering Facility of the University of Alaska Fairbanks for a 54-hour whirlwind of entrepreneurship, innovation, and learning.
The President of the University of Alaska, Dr. Jim Johnsen, kicked off the night: “If not you, who? If not now, when? If not this, what? Build the future of Alaska!”
After a crazy game of “Half Baked” (half-baked startup ideas ranging from chocolate 3D printers to pickled ice-cream delivery subscriptions…), we went on to the real pitch-fire.
24 diverse ideas were pitched (1min, not more!). Voting was tough but we came down to 8 top teams after a couple of crazy voting rounds and team mergers.
Get the scoop about the top teams selected at Startup Weekend Fairbanks:
Looking forward to seeing you for Day 2 of Techstars Startup Weekend Fairbanks!
We are happy to announce Marion Desmazières is our Fairbanks Startup Weekend Facilitator for the 2018 event! She is an experienced Startup Weekend organizer, and energetic facilitator. Marion is quite the entrepreneur herself, though she currently spends her days working as a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA.
Marion runs developer education partnerships for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon’s popular Echo devices. Before joining Amazon two years ago, Marion coordinated Global Startup Battle in 2012 and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. She holds a Master’s in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.
Sign up for Fairbanks Startup Weekend at go.startupweekend.org/fairbanksand gain insights from Marion and others while developing your own startup from the ground up!
The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):
How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?
Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?
Execution & Design
Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?
Startup Weekend Anchorage January 2016
Register and learn more about the January 29-31 Startup Weekend event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-anchorage-winter-2016-energy-arctic-technology-tickets-19697147699
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 Anchorage’s fourth Startup Weekend in the last three years and each has been a lot of fun for everyone and created businesses that are operating today and innovative connected people that 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!
We have a number of teams that have completed the Startup Weekend event this month and last July. I’d like to organize a meeting with interested teams to discuss how to convert the Business Model Canvas information in to a Business Plan in order to compete in the April Business Plan Competition to be held 4/26 at UAA from 1-4 (plan on attending just to watch the pitches!). I’m looking at the something the week of 3/16. Who is interested in helping? Who is interested in attending? (Deadline for submitting plans has not been determined, but will be a week or two before the event. Please post contact Ky firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions. I’m going to also post this on the Linkedin TEAM group page.