Accelerate Alaska
Iceland to Alaska: The Global Potential of the Blue Economy - Craig Fleener, Alaska Ocean Cluster

Iceland to Alaska: The Global Potential of the Blue Economy - Craig Fleener, Alaska Ocean Cluster

August 9, 2019

What industry will rival oil & gas in Alaska and provide economic growth for coastal communities?  Craig Fleener, ED of the Alaska Ocean Cluster, thinks that the blue economy has the greatest potential and if Alaskans don't exploit it, others will.  Learn about the inception of the Alaska Ocean Cluster and it's vision for Alaska's blue future.  

Watch the presentation here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tNhuofuAUI

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The Impact of Entrepreneurs on Alaska’s Economy - Nolan Klouda, ED of UA’s CED

The Impact of Entrepreneurs on Alaska’s Economy - Nolan Klouda, ED of UA’s CED

July 30, 2019

Did you know that job growth in our state comes from entrepreneurs?

Nolan Klouda, Executive Director of the University of Alaska's Center for Economic Development, looked very closely about the impact of entrepreneurship in Alaska.  He found 89% of growth in the private sectors comes from businesses less than 5 years old.  That is over 5,000 jobs per year from new entrepreneurs.  For a population like ours, that is significant. 

Listen to the podcast and learn about the impact of entrepreneurship, how it differs around the state, what an Alaskan entrepreneur looks like, and what Nolan Klouda is doing to create more.

Watch the presentation here 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMuoljyYncI

Learn about Accelerate: Alaska 

www.accelerateak.com 

What You Need To Know - David McCarthy, 49th State Brewing Company

What You Need To Know - David McCarthy, 49th State Brewing Company

July 23, 2019

How did David McCarthy and his business partner, Jason Motyka, grow a small brewpub in Healy into a large food and beverage business with over 650 employees?  

David McCarthy is intensely passionate and talks about the most important aspect of his business that allowed it to grow.  Hint: it wasn't a business plan.

If you'd like to watch the presentation, go to https://youtu.be/hhdAalm4QnQ 

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn more about Accelerate: Alaska.

Alaska’s Blue Future - Jared Fuller, CTO of Saltwater INC.

Alaska’s Blue Future - Jared Fuller, CTO of Saltwater INC.

July 16, 2019

By 2050, the world's population is expected to hit 10 billion people.  Jared Fuller sees a future where Alaska plays a huge role in supplying global food demand from our ocean.  His insights will surprise you.  You might never look at our coastline the same way again. 

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn more about Accelerate: Alaska.

When Does Import Substitution Work in Alaska - Mouhcine Guettabi, Institute of Social and Economic Research

When Does Import Substitution Work in Alaska - Mouhcine Guettabi, Institute of Social and Economic Research

May 24, 2019

Alaska doesn't necessarily have to create new industries in order to capture more value in our economy.

Mouhcine Guettabi is an economist at the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research. He shares how little of Alaska's GDP actually stays in Alaska and shares his insights on how Alaska's economy would be significantly boosted if we played a bigger role in existing industries.

If you'd like to watch the presentation, go to https://youtu.be/N0yqXs6ba98.

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn more about Accelerate: Alaska.

The China Market: Alaska’s Opportunities in Turbulent Times - Bill Popp, AEDC

The China Market: Alaska’s Opportunities in Turbulent Times - Bill Popp, AEDC

May 6, 2019

Too often Alaskans think that their market for products & service is in Alaska even though there has never been an easier time of accessing demand outside of our state and selling directly to consumers.

Bill Popp of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation shares how Alaskans can use Alibaba, the e-commerce site, to reach the growing Chinese market and gives his insights on where he thinks the greatest opportunities lie.

Watch the presentation here:

https://youtu.be/zfqc-2huaaY

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn how you can move Alaska's future forward. 

Educating For The Future -  Dr. Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska

Educating For The Future - Dr. Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska

April 17, 2019

We take it for granted that a strong economy needs a great education system.  But with the rising cost of higher education, a lot of us our left questioning, is it worth it?

No one thinks about this more than Dr. Jim Johnsen, President of the University of Alaska.  He knows the system needs to change.  Graduates need to be prepared for the economy of the future, not the past.  

Watch the presentation here

https://youtu.be/644L2MSz95U

Learn more at

www.accelerateak.com 

Tomorrow’s Year Round Tourism - Adriel Butler, Borealis Basecamp

Tomorrow’s Year Round Tourism - Adriel Butler, Borealis Basecamp

April 11, 2019

What does it take to launch a successful business in Alaska?  

According to Adriel Butler of Borealis Basecamp there is no need to reinvent the wheel, but knowing your consumer is KEY. His experience of living in China informed him on the behaviors of Asian travelers; how they consume information, when they make decisions, and how they make purchases. Adriel shares how he came to create a high-end lodging experience where the main entertainment is free and the many market opportunities that we as Alaskans can explore.

Watch the presentation here:

https://youtu.be/nnhoiFdySNk 

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn how you can move Alaska's future forward. 

 

Trading in High Heels for XTRATUFs - Amanda Clayton, Alaska Wild Guides

Trading in High Heels for XTRATUFs - Amanda Clayton, Alaska Wild Guides

March 6, 2019

There are over 2.5 million visitors to Alaska each year. An increasing number don't want to sit in a bus or a large boat. They are looking to experience the real Alaska.

Amanda Clayton, co-owner of Alaska Wild Guides, details her journey from commercial loan officer to Alaska Wild Guide and shares some words of wisdom to those wanting to start an adventure travel business.

Watch the presentation here

https://youtu.be/Ac7aQQWIyUw

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn how you can move Alaska's future forward. 

Crossroads of High Tech, Green Tech and Modern Mining - Mike Heatwole, Pebble Partnership

Crossroads of High Tech, Green Tech and Modern Mining - Mike Heatwole, Pebble Partnership

February 28, 2019

We may not have a large high tech or green tech industry . . . yet, but according to Mike Heatwole of the Pebble Partnership, both industries are highly dependent on the minerals found in Alaska.  Resource development is our largest industry in Alaska.  I sit down with Mike to find out if there may be opportunities Alaskans may be missing out on. 

Watch the presentation here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GNx3dgZ0Qw&t=268s 

Go to www.accelerateak.com to learn how you can move Alaska's future forward.