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Apr 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors

Glenn Brady

President, Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling

Glenn Brady is the President and is co-owner of Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. in Fairbanks.

Alan Head

Senior Vice President and CFP, Wedbush Securities

Alan has been an active participant in local Angel Capital groups in the community for over two decades. Alan enjoys following (Moot Corp) at the University of Texas now called The Venture Labs Investment Competition. He frequently invests in private equity companies through the use of closed-end funds. Past and present holdings include: Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and 2U, Spotify, Jawbone, Chegg, Coursera and Learnist.

Kathryn Dodge

Assistant Professor, Statewide Economic Development Specialist

Kathryn Dodge is Assistant Professor with the School of Natural Resources and Extension, and Statewide Economic Development Specialist within Extension. She has been active in the FNSB and statewide economic development community since 2003 when she took over the FNSB Economic Development Division. She is also the Alaska SCORE Chapter Chair, where she helps match small businesses with small business mentors. Dr. Dodge can be found volunteering in many other roles, mostly involving economic development, around the community.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Adam Krynicki

Business Development Director, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Adam is the Business Development Director for the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Additionally, Adam serves as the Vice President of the Board for Nanook Tech Ventures, Inc. and works with UAF inventors to create startups based on their intellectual property. Before coming to Fairbanks, Adam designed a micro-finance program for U.S. entrepreneurs and worked for a software company incubator. He is a graduate Duquesne University School of Law, and is admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar. This is Adam's second startup weekend, and is excited to help our second round of startups.

Russ Talvi

Russ is the Fairbanks Director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center.  He has 20 plus years of experience as a manager/owner of various hospitality and service related business including, destination resorts and food and beverage businesses in Alaska and Hawaii. Russ has personally launched and purchased existing businesses and operated and sold other businesses. He loves to help new and existing small businesses review their current financial performance, discover opportunities and implement improvements to increase their profitability! Russ has a BA, Biology with a minor in Economics from UAF. Russ is excited to again be part of Startup Weekend team.

Juliet Shepherd

Juliet Shepherd, a seasoned procurement professional and communications agent, is founder of Shepherd et al. Communications & Resource Consulting here in Fairbanks. She has facilitated cross-cultural communications laboratories in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State in former Soviet satellite states, and sustainable behavior experiences in remote industrial production environments & natural resource agencies in Alaska. Juliet has a passion for propagating win/win outcomes, fostering economic diversity (and chickens), and is a founding member of R.E.M. Unconventional Vision, a think tank promoting socially responsible business development in Alaska, and of FairBikes - winners of the first Startup Weekend Fairbanks in 2013.

Heather Heneken

Heather Heineken was not born in Fairbanks but has lived in the Fairbanks North Pole area for thirty years and considers it to be home. As a community member Heather works hard to assure positive growth and development and is excited to participate in the Start-Up Weekend. Professionally, Heather is a Senior Accountant for Yukon Accounting and Consulting, a small business she started with her mother in 1997. Prior to her small business, Heather worked for the University of Alaska in many capacities. One of many roles was the Director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center Great North office. This really allowed her to learn what the community was all about and gave her a strong desire to want to be a part of strengthening it. Heather attended University of Alaska and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from UAF, a Master’s Degree in Business at UAS and is a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at UAS. After spending 20 years in school she decided she should give back to others and is now an adjunct faculty for University of Alaska Community and Technical College. Heather is married to Chad Heineken and has two very active boys – Allan and Max. When she is not working Heather is involved in youth hockey and the Interior Racing Association.

Bruce Crensten

Bruce Crevensten is an Alaskan technologist, University of Alaska software engineer, and founder of ArcticFire Development Corporation, a software and geospatial data analytics company based in Fairbanks. His work for the past 15 years has been to help people use technology to get things done, and he's done so both as a hands-on engineer and as a leader. Bruce's core strength is his interest in building teams and culture around projects, fostering technical excellence, verdant communications and robust collaborations. Bruce is also a member of R.E.M. Unconventional Vision, and participated in last year's FairBikes team at the first Startup Weekend 2013.

Nadine Winters

Nadine Winters operates a consulting business. She has experience with a consulting engineering firm and prior to that she worked at the Fairbanks North Star borough, first as special assistant to the mayor and then as Chief of Staff. Ms Winters’ recent clients include various villages across Alaska, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Chena Power, Fairbanks Library Foundation, Fairbanks Native Association and the Carol Brice Family Center. She has written business plans for health clinics and utility projects, conducted feasibility studies, conducted strategic planning exercises and provided project development and management services for various projects and organizations. In addition to consulting, she is currently the part-time executive director of North Pole Economic Development Corporation.

Nadine has been involved in a number of non-profits over the years. She served as a trustee for the Rasmuson Foundation for seven years. Ms. Winters was appointed to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly in January 2006. She was elected in 2006 and 2009.

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