We are excited to announce our new Upstart Internship program! CED places University of Alaska students with some of the state’s most exciting startups and research programs. Students with a startup focus will learn about entrepreneurship and what it means to be a founder, while the startup founders get to work with the University’s best and brightest as they grow their companies.
We believe in regularly celebrating our accomplishments and milestones. Not just because we want an excuse to eat delicious macarons from Sweet Caribou or taste various mini cakes from Fire Island (although we definitely enjoy these activities!), but because celebrating small wins boosts our quality of life.
Team CED recently watched INBOUND Bold Talks: Kim Scott "Radical Candor" and we thought it was worth sharing with all of you! If you have an extra 15 minutes, watch it for yourself. If you don’t, here’s a summary
As someone born in the 80’s, the Alaska I’ve known has mostly been one of steady growth. I never knew the lean times before Prudhoe Bay that my family talks about, and I’m just young enough not to remember our deepest recession and housing market collapse of that same decade. But the stable, expanding economy of the 90s and 2000s isn’t any more “normal” than the booms and busts from commodities like fur, gold, and salmon that have dominated the state’s history since we were part of Imperial Russia.
Last month, ten businesses were awarded funding from the Alaska Seed Fund, which helps innovators with prototyping their inventions and products. Wells Fargo and the 49th State Angel Fund each donated $25,000 each to the Fund. The winner, The Launch Company, received $20,000; second place contender Aquagga received $10,000. The leftover funds were distributed to the remaining awardees.
Samantha Davenport joined Team CED as our Startups Storyteller! In this role, she will tell the stories of Alaska’s entrepreneurs and the larger ecosystem supporting them. Samantha is the lead contributor to the Alaska Startups website and will manage the associated social media channels. The opportunity to have someone with her talent showcasing entrepreneurs in Alaska incredibly valuable, and is a service we’re proud to offer our state.
Margo, Richelle, and Ian attended the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Summit last month. The summit theme was “LEVEL UP: Learn, Grow, Inspire” and favorite panels included “Flippin’ a Biz: the Art of Buying & Selling” and “Climbing in Tandem: Success in Pairs.”