Isaac leads Launch Alaska and is the fund manager for Launch Alaska Fund II - a $3m fund that invests directly in the accelerators' cohort companies. Isaac previously served as Executive Director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where he worked with hundreds of early stage companies, and pushed the organization to support entrepreneurs responding to Alaska’s energy challenges. Before joining the SBDC Isaac was part of the founding team of Chispa Group (now Afina Holdings) an import-export firm in Philadelphia that specializes in trade between the Delaware Valley and Chile. He completed the Energy Executive Leadership Program at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO in 2016, as well the Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies program at Stanford. Vanderburg played four years of NCAA Division I soccer and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador ('02).
Alyse recently graduated with a MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University. For the last 5 years she has been focused on distribution and research of clean energy solutions in emerging markets. Alyse has co-founded a start-up distributing energy products in Uganda, worked with Factor(e) Ventures on a research project to identify energy solutions for micro-entrepreneurs in East Africa, and helped run CSU’s student accelerator program.
Ky is a professor of business administration, a seed fund manager, and an engineer. As Director, Mentor and Investor, Ky wears many hats, and also keeps the Alaska startup community informed through the Alaska Startup Digest.
Andre is a business development strategist and entrepreneur. He lives in that space between the back office and the vastly exposed public interface. Born and raised in Alaska, Andre took to the slopes and traveled the world ski-racing before retiring from athletics in 2004. A natural brand/product/idea evangelist, Andre has started several companies across a variety of market segments in Alaska. He holds an MBA and is a professional photographer. In addition to sitting on the Alaska Board of Accountancy, he serves on the board of LoveAlaska.
Katherine Jernstrom is the CEO and cofounder of The Boardroom, a coworking space and entrepreneur hub in Anchorage. She is also managing partner at Alyeska Venture Management, a firm focused on building, funding, and supporting local startups. Katherine grew up internationally, she has a BA from the University of Washington, an MPA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage, a Pew Charitable Trusts program. She serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Anchorage, Spirit of Youth, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, the AEDC Live. Work. Play Steering Committee, and is an active Rotarian.
Mary is a co-founder of Atikus, a social enterprise that expands access to capital for micro, small and medium enterprises through institutionally-targeted solutions rooted in technology, data and insurance. Prior to starting Atikus, Mary worked with CRAN Microfinance, a Kiva affiliate, in Cape Coast, Ghana, where she performed analytical research on CRAN's financial education program. Mary graduated from DePaul University with a MS in Public Service Management.
Gretchen works in the field of economic development at the State of Alaska, Department of Community, Commerce and Economic Development and writes about our city at www.GretchenLovesAnchorace.com.