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Anchorage Startup Weekend announces judges for July 25th-27th event

The Anchorage Startup Weekend team confirmed Danae Ringelmann as its fifth and final judge. In 2007, Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo.com, now the largest crowdfunding site in the world. In 2011, she was included in Fast Company’s Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology. She joins judges Forrest Nabors and Angela Astle from the Alaska Accelerator Fund, an early-stage investment fund that seeks to accelerate and add value to startups; Professor Ed Hess from the University of Virginia, a leading expert on managed growth; and Jon Bittner, Vice President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.

Anchorage Startup Weekend is three days of hands-on experience where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together. They share ideas, form teams and learn the basics of founding startups, launching successful ventures and finding out if startup ideas are viable. On Friday, July 25, Anchorage entrepreneurs will gather to pitch ideas. Teams organically form around the top ideas before a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. The weekend culminates on Sunday evening where teams present their prototypes to a panel of local entrepreneurial leaders. National and local facilitators, coaches and judges provide expertise, direction and feedback throughout the weekend.

The real value in a Startup Weekend is not in how many startups are launched. Rather, it’s about learning through the act of creation, developing deeper relationships than a typical networking event, matching potential cofounders, validating ideas and experimenting in a risk-free environment. For many, it’s about taking the first step into entrepreneurship. On July 25-27, 50 of Anchorage’s finest will take that first step.

This is Anchorage Startup Weekend’s third year and it is expected to be the largest.  The event will be held at The Boardroom in downtown Anchorage from July 25-27 and is $85 per participant. Visit http://anchorage.startupweekend.org/ for more information and to register.

AEDC is a private, nonprofit membership organization developed in 1987 to encourage growth and to diversify the Anchorage economy. The organization has more than 260 investors, which represent all industries in Anchorage and Alaska. For more information visit www.AEDCweb.com.

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