Our next application period opens in Summer, 2018.          

Launch Alaska seeks firms that help solve some of the world's most intractable problems in food, water, transport, and energy. We see Alaska as a world class location for deployment and validation of arctic technologies with global applications. Accelerator participants receive investment and mentors, as well as a four month intensive program that turns companies into lean, mean, startup machines.

We’re looking for innovative firms who are serious about scaling up. Firms that graduate from an accelerator have a higher rate of survival, and are more likely to receive additional investment—about 30% of firms graduating from a GAN-member accelerator receive second round investment, at an average of $1.9m. In addition to this possibility, you’ll receive mentoring and relationships with corporations, utilities, and experienced entrepreneurs.

accelerator PROGRAM 

Companies selected into the program join us for an intensive 14 week acceleration process. Founders meet in-person in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska for four weeks of the program during our Summits (March 26-30, April 30-May 4, June 4-8, June 25-28). The accelerator concludes on Demo Day, June 28. We have two program tracks. 

Customer Discovery Track

WHO: Companies with an innovative technology and a rock star team who: 1) have a working prototype, 2) are in the customer discovery phase, and are 3) seeking to test their technology in the arctic.

WHAT: We help companies find customers and vet their model by providing:

·       Access to our mentor network

·       Hands-on workshops and guidance

·       Introductions to customers, partners, and investors

·       $75,000 in investment in return for up to 6% in equity

·       Co-working space

deployment track

WHO: Companies with an innovative technology and an experienced team that are: 1) ready to validate their business model through project-based deployment, and 2) seeking to scale first in the Arctic and beyond.

WHAT: We help you test your technology and scale by providing:

·       Access to our mentor network

·       Introductions to customers, partners, and investors

·       Demonstration design and support with the help of our partner, ACEP

·       Up to $1M in project finance

·       Co-working space

Requirements to Apply

Prototype: We prefer companies to have a functioning product or service, or one that that can be developed by the end of the program.

Full participation of at least two team members: Participation of two or more team members in the program leads to greater success in the program. The CEO and additional team member must be present in-person during program Summits listed at the bottom of this page.              

U.S. entity: International applicants are welcome, but must establish a U.S. entity in order to participate.

For-profit: We invest in scalable, for-profit companies. 

what we look for

Team: We want exceptional teams that are dedicated and have a track record of success. Applicants should highlight their diversity in backgrounds, ability to execute, and industry experience. 

Investment Attractiveness: We look for companies with a clear path to profitability and a realistic exit strategy.

Technology: Innovative technologies that have the potential to make a 10x improvement in process, speed or function. 

Alaska/Arctic Fit: We want to invest in companies that are solving one or more of Alaska’s challenges.

Scalability: We look for companies that have demonstrated traction in the market and have strong commercial potential. Companies should highlight how they have tested their assumptions to validate their model.

2018 program begins March 26.

check back soon for info on the next application period.