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 49th State Angel Fund and Alaska Small Business Development Center Host July 27 “Rethink/Startup” Conference 


Mayor's Corner

ANCHORAGE – The Municipality of Anchorage’s 49th State Angel Fund (49SAF) and the Alaska Small Business Development Center are teaming up to host a conference for Alaska entrepreneurs during Alaska Startup Week.

“Rethink/Startup” takes place July 27 at the Dena’ina Center. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will offer opening comments at 9:00, before sitting down for a 1-on-1 interview with GCI CoFounder, President and CEO Ron Duncan for an interactive keynote session.

“Startup businesses are crucial to a healthy economy. This is all about Anchorage jobs.  With an AAA bond rating, we want to partner with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and developers to expand and diversify Anchorage’s economy,” stated Mayor Berkowitz.

“Rethink/Startup is about showcasing successful entrepreneurs, and rethinking what the definition of a startup is in our community, and whether it’s inclusive,” said 49SAF Director Joe Morrison. “The day also features ‘how-to’ information for Entrepreneurs, who will hear from investment funds, banks, and entrepreneurship educators like Startup Weekend. There will also be a lot of information from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Business Enterprise Institute on their efforts in the entrepreneurship space.”  

Rethink/Startup is free, but tickets are limited; attendees are encouraged to register now at The joint conference is part of over a dozen events occurring during Alaska Startup Week ( 

For more information, contact Joe Morrison at (907) 268-8106 or O’Hara Shipe at (907) 786-7275.

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