Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  October 2018
Juneau Startup Weekend tickets are on sale NOW!  November 16-18

The Juneau Economic Development Council is excited to coordinate another Juneau Startup Weekend from November 16 - 18, 2018 at the University of Alaska Southeast. 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 exploring entrepreneurship .
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 ge t feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.
Tickets for this three-day event are only $80 and include seven full meals, benefits and discou nts from our global partners, one-on-one time with mentors, a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, and all the internet and coffee you can consume!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at juneau@startupweekend.org.
Alaska Represented at Arctic Circle Assembly
Over 2000 participants from 60 countries attended the fifth Arctic Circle Assembly   in Reykjavik, Ic eland last week. JEDC's Executive Director, Brian Holst, participated in a " Showcase Alaska" presentation, where Alaska was highlighted this year among all the Arctic nations.

Holst touched on Alaska's Blue Economy, highlighting Alaska's role in Arctic transportation, ocean products and the cruise visitor industry. The panel/presentation, chaired by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, was titled "Alaska Showcase: Energy, Innovation, Community Adaptation, Scientific Cooperation." Fellow panelists included:  Larry Hinzman, UA F Vice Chancellor for Research; Clay Koplin, Mayor of  Cordova;  Gwen Holdmann, Director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power; and Eric Utraq Billingsley, Vice President of Operations at NANA Regional Corp.

Kelp pickles from Juneau's own Barnacle Foods were highlighted at a reception of the Greenland and Alaska delegations. Photo below shows the lucky door prize winner with Barnacle Kelp Salsa posing with Senator Murkowski and former Lt. Governor Treadwell. 
Nominate an Alaskan Innovator (on or before December 7)!

Do you know an Alaskan that has put Alaska on the map as a leader in innovation?

The Alaska State Committee on Research (SCoR) invites interested persons to nominate outstanding science, engineering and technology innovators to be inducted into the SCoR Alask a Innovators Hall of Fame. 

SCoR created the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fa me in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals who put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and who contribute to Alaska's growing culture of innovation. In 2018, the Innovators Hall of Fame recognized traditional/historic innovations as well.  The Tlingit/Haidi/Tsimshian Halibut Hook was inducted earlier this year.

Criteria for Eligibility and Nomination Procedure:
  1. Nominees should have demonstrated innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions or lifetime achievements in their field that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, the environment, the welfare of the people of Alaska and/or a global impact.
  2. Nominees will be inventors and innovators in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
  3. Nominees should provide evidence of the impact of their contributions to innovation. Evidence could include patents and licensing, and/or publications, news and articles citing innovative discovery and technology with a significant impact on society.
  4. Anyone can nominate an individual or a team. Self-nominations are not eligible.
  5. A nominee must have been an Alaska resident for at least one year, or have made a significant demonstration of the innovation's links to Alaska or have conducted research work in Alaska.
  6. Nominators may choose traditional/historic inventions even if the name of an inventor is not known.
  7. Nominations will be accepted from October 1, 2018 - December 7, 2018. The committee reserves the right to hold nominations for consideration in a subsequent year.
The Juneau Economic Development Council is pleased to join the Alaska State Committee for Research in announcing the 2019 inductees for the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame at the 2019 Innovation Summit.

Find more i n formation about the Alaska Innovators Hall  of Fame and how to nominate. 

Geoff and Marcy Larson from Alaskan Brewing Company were inducted into Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2017.
Traditional Tlingit Haida Tsimshian Halibut Hook inducted into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2018.
Become a JEDC Board Member

The Juneau Economic Development Council annually has openings on its Board of Directors. JEDC Board members are recommended to the CBJ Assembly by the current JEDC Board and then appointed by the CBJ Assembly based upon their experience and expertise in areas relating to economic development and our local economy. JEDC is seeking a Board with diverse backgrounds and experiences. 
There are three board seats open for an appointment of a three year term starting on/about December 2018.
Interested parties should complete an application  AND a letter of interest directed to the JEDC Board of Directors that briefly describes your qualifications and/or interest in serving on the JEDC Board of Directors. Please direct questions to JEDC Executive Director, Brian Holst,  for more information.
Deadline for applying is  Monday, October 29, 20

Interested candidates should plan on participating in interviews with current members of the JEDC Board on Monday, November 5, 2018 between 4:00 and 5:00PM.
Save the date for the 2019 Innovation Summit 

Alaska Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) becomes partners with JEDC's FIRST in Alaska Program. 

The leadership board of the Alaska Section of the ASCE voted to become an official partner of FIRST in Alaska. This is the latest example of professionals in Alaska joining forces with FIRST in Alaska to offer great STEM programming and inspire youth around the state.
The ASCE is dedicated to the advancement of the individual civil engineer and the advancement of the science and profession of civil engineering through education. With over 800 members across the state, we are excited to see how this partnership can strengthen our community. Please be sure to say thank you to the members of the ASCE that you meet throughout the season!
If you know of other organizations that are interested in becoming partners with FIRST in Alaska, please have them contact firstak@jedc.org .
Become a JEDC Investor 

We invite you to invest in Juneau by becoming a JEDC Investor. Show your support of the work we do to forward Juneau and Southeast's economy.

By supporting JEDC you are supporting the long-term economic success of Alaska's capital city, and creating a business climate that in turn supports your business or organization.  

To learn more about our investor program, please visit www.JEDC.org/investors or send an email to Dana Herndon
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