The North Slope Marketplace is Back and Going VIRTUAL!
Alaska Growth Capital is excited to announce the return of the North Slope Marketplace business plan competition. After a two-year hold due to the challenging effects of COVID-19, Alaska Growth Capital will now offer the North Slope Marketplace virtually to ASRC Shareholders across Alaska.
Apply today to win up to a $10,000 business grant award to launch and grow your business!
Starting November 12, 2021, this year’s North Slope Marketplace is offered in partnership with the University of Alaska’s Center for Economic Development’s Upstart Alpha program, bringing Shareholder and non-Shareholder participants together in a collaborative startup training environment. Upstart Alpha consists of three phases, 1). Find Your Customer, 2). Explore Your Idea, and 3). Execute and Startup. North Slope Marketplace participants will attend all three phases plus a fourth phase of the program that will cover the key elements of writing a business plan. Shareholder semi-finalists that complete the Upstart Alpha program will be eligible to submit a business plan to the NSM competition. Finalists will be selected and awarded up to $10,000 in startup capital from AGC.
Key 2021-2022 Dates:
- October 2021 – Upstart Alpha and NSM 2022 Application Opens
- November 8, 2021 – North Slope Marketplace Kickoff Event
- November 10, 2021 – Upstart Alpha and NSM 2022 Applications Due
- November 12, 2021 – Upstart Alpha Begins
- February 14, 2022 – Semi-Finalists Notified
- April 14, 2022 – Final Business Plan Deadline
- May 19, 2022 – Finalists Notified
- June, 2022 – Finalists Announced
Key Upstart Alpha Dates:
- November 12 – November 14, 2021 – Phase 1
- Weekend Intensive
- December 3 – December 17, 2021 – Phase 2
- Three, 2-hour weekly sessions
- January 7 – February 11, 2022 – Phase 3
- Six, 2-hour weekly sessions
For more information about the North Slope Marketplace business plan competition, please review the program’s Rules and Guidelines.
All participants must also submit an application to Upstart Alpha by 11:59pm on November 10, 2021.
North Slope Marketplace Overview
Alaska Growth Capital proudly administers the North Slope Marketplace Business Plan Competition annually to support vibrant North Slope communities. Open exclusively to Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Shareholders, this business plan competition improves the economic opportunities available to Shareholders by providing technical and financial support to small businesses to encourage adaptive, entrepreneurial activity on the North Slope.
Join us in congratulating the 2019 Winners!
Sophia Segevan (Wainwright) wants to open a coffee shop
Floreen Stone (Point Hope) wants to make and sell traditional Inupiat clothing
Ronette Panningona (Utqiagvik) wants to grow her beaded accessories business
Special thanks to our 2019 partner organizations
The Alaska Center for Rural Collaboration is funded by a grant from the
USDOC-Minority Business Development Agency and is a program of the UAA Business Enterprise Institute.
Past North Slope Marketplace Finalists
Since 2009, Alaska Growth Capital has awarded $1 million to over 45 businesses through the North Slope Marketplace program!
Sophia Segevan, Soph’s Coffee, Wainwright
Ronette Panningona, Arctic Rose Beading, Utqiagvik
Floreen Stone, Parky Shop, Point Hope
Leon Kinneeveauk, Arctic Treasures Art Gallery, Anchorage
Mary Hugo, Hugo Cafe, Anaktuvuk Pass
Leonard Felder, Cafe 57, Utqiagvik
Raymond Nashookpuk, Savik’s Designs, Wainwright
Tariek Oviuk, AK2K Network Store, Point Hope
Price and Bobby Itta, Alaska Fur Cache, Utqiagvik
Brian Gordon, Chief’s Pizzeria, Anaktuvuk Pass
Robert and Pauline Bowers, Bowers Store, Nuiqsut
Amanda and Eric Gerke, Alaska Adventure Lodge, Anaktuvuk Pass
Athena Thompson, The Polar Bear Den Tours, Kaktovik
Robert Alred, Ace Hardware- Top of the World, Utqiagvik
Mamie Pardue, prototype design, Nuiqsut
Tonya Hunnicutt, Ezkimo Ice Cream, Point Hope
Will Saganna, Saganna 4X4 Tours, Utqiagvik
MaryAlyce Moss, Moss Construction LLC, Utqiagvik
Agatha Kalayauk, prototype design, Utqiagvik
Willie Sakeagak, Sakeagak Engineering & Design, Utqiagvik
Bruce Inglangasak, Kaktovik Arctic Tours, Kaktovik
Jacquelyn Nayakik, Manuluuraq Designs, Utqiagvik
Elaine Garner, Lil Mo’s Hardware Store, Nuiqsut
Della Shugluk, Della Hoya’s, Atqasuk
Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Tauqsigvik, Atqasuk
Jane Thompson, Kaktovik Bed & Breakfast, Kaktovik
Tommi Lynn Ahmaogak,Tom-N-Jerry’s Restaurant, Wainwright
Rachel Edwardsen, Naninaaaq Productions, Utqiagvik
Tommi Lynn Ahmaogak, Tom-N-Jerry’s Restaurant, Wainwright
Emma Kinneeveauk, Sylver’s, Point Hope
Tonya Hunnicutt, Ezkimo Ice Cream, Point Hope
Nancy Stotts, Snowbird Housekeeping, Utqiagvik
Jessica Itta, P&J Store, Atqasuk
Andrew Tooyak, Jr., Sam Rock’s Gifts, Utqiagvik
Kristine Bennett, Bennett’s Store, Nuiqsut
Arnold Arey, Arnie’s Northern Outfit & Cargo, Utqiagvik
Mary Sage and Donald Darling, Amaguq Media, Utqiagvik
Nora Jane Burns, Arctic Chalet Tours, Kaktovik
Colleen Akpik, Lemen, Calz Services, Utqiagvik
Martha Monnin, CaptivateM Outdoors, Utqiagvik
Robin Mongoyak, Kiita ATV, Utqiagvik
Ben Frankson, P&B General Store, Point Hope
Rachel Edwardson, Naninaaaq Film Productions, Utqiagvik
Eli Kalipsuk, Uula’s Auto Repair, Nuiqsut
Robin Mongoyak, Arctic ATV Excursions, Utqiagvik
Lela Ahgook, Lela’s Store, Anaktuvuk Pass
Helen Simmonds, Helen’s Courier Service, Utqiagvik
For more information contact Mary Miner