STARTUP WEEK 2020: We’d like one another, now greater than ever

STARTUP WEEK 2020: We need each other, now more than ever

The Techstars Alaska Startup Week op-ed sequence options entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders sharing their ideas and concepts on quite a lot of  matters associated to startups and innovation. Techstars Alaska Startup Week is a week-long sequence of occasions hosted by entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders from throughout the state. In 2020, all occasions are digital, and you will discover them right here: Startup Week Schedule. All are welcome, please be a part of us!

As I look again on Techstars Alaska Startup Week 2020, the primary absolutely digital startup week in Alaska’s historical past, my greatest lesson — one which I discovered time and again — is how a lot we’d like one another, now greater than ever. Entrepreneurs, buyers, consultants, ecosystem builders, dreamers, group champions, and extra, regardless of being bodily distant from each other, none of us exist in a vacuum. 

This week we’ve seen subject material consultants share their information in advertising webinars, enterprise house owners give a tour of their areas, entrepreneurs inform the tales of their experiences with failure and resilience. We’ve met individuals who have been within the startup world for years, and people who find themselves simply getting began. We’ve “traveled” from Juneau to Kodiak to Anchorage to Fairbanks and extra, all inside the span of some days. And thru it, we’ve discovered, we’ve celebrated, we’ve challenged, and we’ve grown.  

Most of all, we’ve related.

Once I was organizing the Fb premier of The Failure // Resilience Venture, Ben Kellie — a seasoned entrepreneur whose startup, The Launch Firm, is being acquired by Voyager House Holdings — wrote me a observe that mentioned, “I’m starved for group proper now so I used to be stoked to get the e-mail invitation for the occasion.”

Earlier this month I collaborated with HairVoyage, a magnificence tech startup that provides paid peer mentorship experiences to magnificence professionals world wide. Founder MaryAlice Turletes advised me that, “Within the technique of constructing HairVoyage we discovered that connectedness drives all the things — you might be part of many communities however igniting particular person connections is what brings to life the ability of any group.”

HairVoyage probably wouldn’t exist, and positively not in its present iteration, with out this group. It was born throughout a Startup Weekend, and gained funding throughout the Alaska Angel Convention. Alongside the way in which, Turletes and her enterprise companion Dana Herndon have constructed relationships with and discovered from quite a few native entrepreneurs and engaged with ecosystem constructing organizations just like the College of Alaska Middle for Financial Growth, 49 State Angel Fund, Juneau Financial Growth Council, and the Alaska Small Enterprise Growth Middle.

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of being invited to Spruce Root’s Grasp Class as a mentor, and “pace dated” a handful of Southeast Alaska corporations. My main takeaway was how a lot every founder cares about and invests of their group, and the way in flip, their group cares about and invests in them. 

Launch Alaska, a startup accelerator in Anchorage, held the second session of their Tech Deployment Tract, the place panelists open up their figurative roledexs to assist startup founders make connections with subject material consultants and potential clients in Alaska. That is motivated partially by pleasure round modern new options to difficult issues, however largely out of a real want to assist, to share in another person’s success.  

At every occasion, whether or not a webinar the place consultants freely shared data that they might cost a whole lot of {dollars} for, or founders excitedly touring us by way of their workshops and explaining the numerous, usually laborious, steps they’d taken to make sure their areas had been secure for workers and clients alike, the funding in one another was clear.

We’re not going to make it out of the pandemic unchanged, nor ought to we. As we transfer nearer to what seems to be a profitable vaccine, I hope {that a} return to “regular” doesn’t imply a return to “identical.” As an alternative, could all of us study from our expertise and emerge stronger, smarter, and higher – as a group.

There’s nonetheless time to hitch Startup Week!

November 20

4:30 PM – Enterprise and Brew: The Uncle Leroy’s Espresso Story

November 21

10:00 AM – Alaska BIPOC Enterprise Growth Summit

10:30 AM – Okay-12: One Tree Alaska Participatory Motion Analysis Collaborative 

Particulars: Techstars Alaska Startups Week 2020

Gretchen Fauske is a marketing-minded financial developer fueled by a ardour for innovation and entrepreneurship. She is the affiliate director for the College of Alaska Middle for Financial Growth, Board President for Launch Alaska, Vice Chair for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach.

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