2013 Alaska Business Plan Competition
Alaskan entrepreneurs seeking growth opportunities for their business ventures can enter the 2013 Annual Alaska Business Plan Competition, jointly sponsored by local universities and businesses. Finalists will present in front of judges, investors and other entrepreneurs on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Consortium Library on the UAA Campus. This annual competition stimulates the real-world process of learning, continuous improvement, and raising private capital that is collectively needed for a business' growth. Individuals or teams who reach the final round will give ten-minute presentations of their plans for start-up funding or later-round financing. Immediately following each presentation, the judges, made up of a panel of local investors, will ask questions of the entrepreneurs to test the plan's validity.
Matching good business ideas with good management teams and with qualified investors who are interested in private, early stage equity opportunities is one of the most difficult aspects of entrepreneurship. Nowhere in the United States is this truer than Alaska.
The 2013 Alaska Business Plan Competition will also provide a formal deal path so that entrepreneurs and their plans can be funneled before potential investors. Faculty from the Business Administration departments at both Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and the University of Alaska Southeast and an informal network of capital formation professionals, will provide the beginnings of a validation process for some of the promising deals.
The Alaska Business Plan Competition is open to a broad range of participants including: new business, expanding or recapitalizing companies, merger, acquisition, buyout and takeover proposals, and 8(a) companies.
Allan Johnston, Rick Wolk, Christi Bell, Scott Fredrickson, Al Herman
Alaska Business Plan Competition - Co-Founder and Advisor
Allan Johnston is the Alaska Regional Manager of Wedbush Morgan Securities. Vocationally he specializes in Alaska Native Corporation business development, Professionally Managed Separate Accounts and Investment Banking.
Allan has been with Wedbush Morgan Securities for 28 years and has been the Alaska Regional Manager for 17 years. Wedbush Morgan Securities has had a local office in Anchorage since 1971 and Fairbanks since 1975. On average, their Financial Consultants have more experience in Alaska than any other New York Stock Exchange Member Firm. They offer Investment Banking, Professionally Managed Accounts, Financial Planning and all other primary New York Stock Exchange Member firm services. (www.wedbush.com)
Avocationally he is a Co-founder of the Alaska Business Plan Competition, Chair of the AlaskaInvestnet Advisory Board, Director of The Alaska Community Foundation, Director of The Zoo Foundation, Director of Hillside East Community Council, and member of the University of Alaska Intellectual Property Committee.
Dr. Scott Fredrickson
Alaska Business Plan Competition - Administrator
Dr. Scott Fredrickson has more than 35 years experience in higher education, the music industry, and as an entrepreneur. He holds degrees in music education from Cal-State University Fullerton; business administration from Pepperdine University; and jazz pedagogy and music business administration from University of Northern Colorado. He has chaired numerous music business programs and is the former president and executive director of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association, co-chair of the Arts & Entertainment Cluster of the New Orleans Regional Changer of Commerce, and fellow in the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.
He is a member of ASCAP and his compositions and arrangements have been heard on local and national radio and television, and are being performed regularly in the United States and many other countries. He has worked as a composer, arranger, director, and performer at theme parks, dinner theaters and corporate shows, and numerous commercial projects and has produced and engineered numerous albums of jazz and choral music and is in demand as a clinician, guest choral conductor, and festival adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His Scat Singing Method and Popular Choral Handbook have been received enthusiastically by choral directors, and his articles on choral techniques have appeared in national educational journals and magazines.
Dr. Fredrickson is also an artist, digital archivist, and designer of laser-cut jigsaw puzzles. His paintings and sculptures have been shown in galleries in New Orleans and Los Angeles. His jigsaw puzzles have been featured in numerous international publications including Popular Science and Samsung magazines, and he has designed custom puzzles for various corporate clients. Links to his entrepreneurial ventures may be found here: