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Alaska Entrepreneurship Week brings together innovators in the 49th state

Presented by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., the inaugural Alaska Entrepreneurship Week will give Alaska entrepreneurs, makers, innovators and small businesses a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, learn from one another and give back to their community.

Events kick off Saturday, July 27 with the first Anchorage Mini Maker Faire. A celebration of the unique and diverse talent in the state, the faire will bring together families and individuals to showcase local inventors, tinkerers, artists and engineers, along with their inventions.

“Alaska Entrepreneurship Week is a stellar way to showcase Alaska’s talent and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Bill Popp, president and CEO of AEDC. “It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur in Alaska. Small businesses are thriving and we are seeing a marked increase in the number of Alaska-based startups. This event recognizes the significance of their innovations and contributions to the state.”

Alaska Entrepreneurship Week events range from the AEDC Economic Outlook Luncheon, where the AEDC will release the 2013 Three-Year Anchorage Economic Outlook Report, to the Business Pitch-on-a-Train, where Alaska’s top startups will pitch their business ideas to a panel of seasoned angel investors, venture capitalists and bankers aboard the Alaska Railroad.

The third Alaska Hackathon will also take place during Entrepreneurship Week in Anchorage. The Alaska Hackathon gives computer programmers of all abilities access to nonprofit and government data sets, with the goal of creating a software application or tool in one weekend that will help improve the community.

For more information and a schedule of Alaska Entrepreneurship Week events, visit http://www.aedcweb.com/aedcnew/programs/entrepreneur.

AEDC is a private, nonprofit membership organization developed in 1987 to encourage growth and to diversify the Anchorage economy. The organization has more than 235 investors, which represent all industries in Anchorage and Alaska. For more information visit www.AEDCweb.com.

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