Accelerate Alaska
Innovating From A Crisis - Bala Kamallakharan, Iceland Venture Studios

Innovating From A Crisis - Bala Kamallakharan, Iceland Venture Studios

March 31, 2020

In 2008, Iceland's banking collapse was the largest experienced by any country in economic history. It's three largest banks defaulted on 200 billion of foreign debt. And it was only a country with less than 400,000 people.

While most people would call this adversity, Bala Kamallakharan made this into an opportunity to help remake Iceland's economy.

Check out his slide deck here

See his presentation here

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Evolving Winter Tourism - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

Evolving Winter Tourism - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks

February 21, 2020

45% of visitor spending in Fairbanks, AK happens during September to April and that number is rising! This is despite the fact that there are more than TWICE as many visitors to Fairbanks in the summer.  Winter tourists stay longer and do more in the winter.  Developing the aurora and winter tourism seasons has strengthened the local Fairbanks region travel industry providing more year-round jobs and economic impact. As the Fairbanks tourism industry becomes more robust, the quality of life of Fairbanks improves. 

Deb Hickok, Executive Director of Explore Fairbanks, has been been pivotal in growing winter tourism in Fairbanks.  Learn about how she moved the ball forward and what other communities can learn from her. 

Watch the presentation here

Learn more about Accelerate 

www.acceleratearctic.com & www.accelerateak.com 

Growing For Export - Jodie Anderson, UAF Experiment Farm & Extension Center

Growing For Export - Jodie Anderson, UAF Experiment Farm & Extension Center

February 12, 2020

The UAF Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center is one of Alaska's best kept secrets that looks to turn Alaska into an agricultural mecca. They experiment with different crops and strains to find what could take advantage of Alaska's unique growing capabilities. Jodie Anderson believes that Alaska could become the organic capital of the world of this food staple. We join her on the Food Systems stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to https://youtu.be/G8gQl5GFyjQ

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic, at www.accelerateak.com & www.acceleratearctic.com.

What Does The Rest Of The World Want From Alaska? - Alex Salov, SBDC

What Does The Rest Of The World Want From Alaska? - Alex Salov, SBDC

February 5, 2020

Overseas exports accounted for nearly $5 Billion in 2018, nearly 10% of the Alaska’s Gross State Product (GSP). Exports support nearly 15,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs in Alaska. Export jobs are high paying jobs. Export-related jobs typically pay 13-16% more than jobs tied solely to domestic economy.

What are the top exports from Alaska and which countries are purchasing?

Alex Salov has a long history at the World Trade Center - Alaska. We join him on the export stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to 

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic.

Global Demand For Alaska Peonies? - Chris Beks, Arctic Alaska Peonies

Global Demand For Alaska Peonies? - Chris Beks, Arctic Alaska Peonies

January 29, 2020

Alaska’s long cool growing season and cool soils provide the optimum growing conditions for peonies. Alaska's blooms are larger and more saturated in color. Last year, Alaska shipped out 500,000 stems. Learn why that doesn't even scratch the surface of the global demand for this unexpected export.

Chris Beks is a peony farmer north of Fairbanks. We join him on the export stage.

If you'd like to see the presentation, which we strongly recommend, go to 

Learn more about Accelerate Alaska & Accelerate Arctic.

 

The Boulder Thesis For Alaska - Brad Feld, Foundry Group & Techstars

The Boulder Thesis For Alaska - Brad Feld, Foundry Group & Techstars

January 20, 2020

Brad Feld wrote a book called Startup Communities back in 2012 that detailed how Boulder, Co became a nationally recognized tech hub. Learn the four tenants of Brad Feld's Boulder Thesis and how it can help Alaska become a more empowered and robust economy.

Brad Feld keynoted Accelerate: Alaska 2019.

Learn about Accelerate Arctic

www.acceleratearctic.com 

 

Learn about Accelerate: Alaska 

www.accelerateak.com 

Season 2 Premiere - Presenting The Stones

Season 2 Premiere - Presenting The Stones

January 7, 2020

Alaska is not a poor state.  We do not lack in industrious people.  We do not lack in resources.  What we lack are the leaders who hold the stones high in the air.  

This is Ross Johnston's opening remarks albeit with some audio engineering that kicked off the Accelerate conference in 2019.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please share with friends. 

If you would like more information about Accelerate Alaska, go to www.accelerateak.com.  

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

Learn more about Accelerate: Alaska

www.accelerateak.com 

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.