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Ninth Annual Innovation Summit Seeks Innovators Within Alaskan Business Community

Jan 3, 2020 | Featured, News, Small Business


JUNEAU—The Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) is looking for five Alaskan entrepreneurs to compete in its Pitch Contest, and thirty presenters of “Innovation Shorts” to be featured in the ninth annual Innovation Summit February 26 and 27.

The Innovation Summit annually gathers entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, policymakers, innovators, and experts in their field to network, learn, share, inspire, and create solutions to Alaska’s unique economic challenges. The summit explores three themes this year: “Participatory Creativity,” “Business in a Changing Climate,” and “Alaskans Investing in Alaskans.”

JEDC is seeking five Alaskan entrepreneurs to pitch their business in front of Innovation Summit attendees; attendees will crowdfund a cash prize for the winner. Entrepreneurs will have ten minutes to pitch their business model, gaining experience speaking publicly on their topic while growing their network and creating buzz around their business. Previous Pitch Contest competitors include Amalga Distillery, Attently, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, Coppa, The Sawmill Farm, and Tundra Tonics. The deadline for a completed application will be February 7, 2020.

In addition to the Pitch Contest, JEDC is seeking thirty presenters to showcase their original ideas through ten-minute “Innovation Shorts” presentations at the 2020 Innovation Summit. The “Innovation Shorts” offer conference attendees a glimpse into a host of topics that surround the larger conference themes. Each short is just enough time to peak the attention of the audience.

Participatory creativity reframes creativity as a socially distributed process that individuals participate in, rather than something one either is or has. Presenters speaking to this theme can address how innovative ideas have emerged and changed in their workplace. The changing climate challenges Alaska’s economy and presents a need for innovation. What adaptations are needed for business in a changing climate? The theme of “Alaskans Investing in Alaskans” invites presenters to share insight to encourage local investment and responsible growth in the Alaskan start-up ecosystem. JEDC also accepts Innovation Shorts that explore new ideas or innovations that are relevant to Alaska’s economy. Product or service promotions are not accepted.

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For a more in-depth description of each theme visit jedc.org/innovation/innovation-shorts-2020. The deadline for a completed “Innovation Shorts” application will be January 27, 2020.

Interested parties for both the Pitch Contest and “Innovation Shorts” can apply through the Innovation Summit website at jedc.org/innovation.

JEDC invites business leaders, entrepreneurs, public and private agency representatives and innovators interested in collaborating to advance Alaska’s economy to register and attend. You can register for the event at jedc.org/innovation.

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The Marx Bros. Café

January 2020

Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.

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