The Alaska startup community is growing around the state and expanding our economy with new value-added businesses and innovative solutions to our challenges. The next area of growth will come from closer connections between startups and existing businesses that can benefit from the risk-taking and innovative problem-solving methods that startups bring to market opportunities.
This session will look at how "open innovation" collaborative projects between the startup businesses and entrepreneurship programs, and the existing businesses, can help both grow.
This program is a part of Alaska Startup Week being held November 9-18 around the state. Nearly 100 events are expected, featuring startups, innovation workshops, investor development, and a lot of fun. Visit alaska.startupweek.co.
Ky is active in the Alaska startup community as a startup founder, investor, and event organizer. Currently he works with industry and investors as the UAF Technology Commercialization Officer, assisting students, staff and faculty commercialize their inventions. Ky brings a variety of academic and business experience. He has been a UAA and APU faculty member, a founding board member of the Launch Alaska business accelerator, co-founder of the Alaska Accelerator Fund, executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, and has worked over 30 years in industrial product design, operations, sales, and management. Ky is a professional mechanical engineer and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in technology management. A career in business, education, workforce development and investing has developed Ky’s focus on growing Alaska's future value-added economy and opportunities for Alaskans around the state.
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This lunch-time educational seminar is geared towards business owners, entrepreneurs and young professionals. Community experts present on a variety of topics. Subjects may include anything from down-to-earth "how-to's" and "best practices" to more abstract topics like collecting and leveraging data, and exploring what it takes to create an inviting and productive work environment.
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