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 Where Do I Start ??  (Download a Summary – 2024 PDF)

If you have ever started a business, you know that question.

We kept asking that question ourselves when we started this project.


There is so much for startups locally and accessible worldwide; each startup and founder is unique!

It’s all about making a few connections… the first products become real…  being willing to help those needing your help… and not necessarily in that order. Startup Community building works best with an authentic  ‘give first’ approach.

You can get started with connecting and take your first steps in Alaska with the following:

  1. Sign up for the Alaska Startup Digest to receive weekly updates about events and news about the Alaska startup community,
  2. Go to Facebook and visit the AlaskaStartups Page to see what is happening. Next, join the AlaskaStartups Group and post in the Group what you are working on AND how the community can help you; 
  3. Attend the Anchorage 1MillionCups event in person on Zoom/Facebook Live and introduce yourself and what you are up to;
  4. Sign up with the AK Small Business Development Center for free and ask for suggestions on what/where/when to find the resources that will help you take your next steps toward your goal.

With that… you will be on the right track to not just build your business where you want it, but also to build the Alaska you want.

Need more? Keep exploring this website to find additional info, resources, and connections.

Need even more? Send us an email.


One last note:
This page, like your business, keeps growing and evolving.
This page results from years of community effort and contributions so, please, keep helping you/us by contributing. Any suggestions, info that we missed, updates, etc. you may have are not just welcome, but are needed and very appreciated!



Community Building
  • Alaska Startup Week – Held in November at the same time as the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • 49SAF All Call – Ecosystem Builders quarterly meetup to update a shared event calendar and discuss major events. Contact 49SAF or check the AK Startup Digest for future meetings.



2017 Holland and Miller
  • 1Million Cups – Weekly during the fall and spring – Present your early stage idea for feedback and crowdsourcing ideas and contacts.
  • Arctic Innovation Competition An idea competition with cash prizes (Spring)
  • Upstart Alpha Accelerator – UA student and community accelerator program.
  • NSF I-Corps – UAF Site Program – UA Student and Community customer discovery program with funding.

Startup Weekend (Virtual national COVID SuWk held in spring. Anchorage or Fairbanks events not held in 2020 – TBD)
gBETA Accelerator – Anchorage with openings for statewide participation.

Alaska Interior Business Accelerator

  • Mentoring – No current formal mentoring programs available. Contact Ky for assistance (
  • Innovation Summit – March statewide meet up in Juneau.


Out of State Funds Interested in AK Deals

Alliance of Angels (Seattle) – New AoA Innovation Fund open to AK seed investments. Contact cc Yi-Jian at

See below for accelerator programs that can be a source of funding and early launch support.




This is a partial list of programs in Alaska or with Alaska connections from AK startups attending the program:


National, Out of state or virtual options:




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