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Cultivating Arctic Entrepreneurship In A Post-pandemic World
Posted on: October 29, 2021
Event date: November 05, 2021, noon

November 5 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT | Zoom

Alaska Start-up Week Panel Discussion

Join AKWorld in partnership with the Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco for a conversation on Arctic innovation with prominent Alaskan and Nordic problem-solvers. This panel discussion is a part of Alaska Startupweek.


Alexander Bergo, PhD is the Director of Innovation Norway San Francisco & Bay Area Experienced Chief Innovation Officer. Bergo has a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Machine Learning, AI, fundraising, management. Strong innovation/product/research management professional with a Ph.D focused on building models of the future merging human and AI forecasts.

Maria Arlén Larsen, MD, PhD is CBDO & Founder of Lifeness. Larsen is a medical doctor specializing in obesity, weight-loss, and lifestyle disorders through her PhD, obesity education from Harvard University and daily clinical work.

Maria is co-founder of Lifeness, whose goal is to help both health professionals and patients overcome the difficulties with lifestyle changes. They have developed a digital medicine platform for health clinics and their employees and patients.

Hezekiah “Ky” Holland is the Co-Founder Alaska Version 3. As a Partner with Alyeska Venture Management, Ky connects investors, entrepreneurs, and opportunities to take them to the next level. A big part of Ky’s work is education. He teaches angel investors what it means to invest in early-stage business so that the Anchorage community has better-informed investors and advisors.

In 2014, Ky was instrumental in establishing the Alaska Accelerator Fund, a fund to grow early-stage businesses in Anchorage. Ky is also active in numerous events across the state–1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend Fairbanks, and more–creating enthusiasm for entrepreneurship!

Jay Byam is the Founder & CEO of Karta Solutions. Jay is a senior software consultant and developer with experience working on 3D, AR and VR projects for large Fortune 500 companies including Amazon and GE. Jay has also worked projects as a web developer and business analyst for software integrations and data migrations in the oil and gas industry.

Jay is the founder of Karta Solutions, a 100% Alaska owned and operated software startup, set on bringing the power of 3D technology to non-technical users in the industrial space.


This program will be hosted virtually on Zoom

Registered participants will receive an email a day prior to the program with access link & instructions.

Online registration closes at 8:00am AKT on November 5. Contact with any questions.

This program is a part of the Evangeline Atwood Distinguished Speakers Series. Named after the the founder of the Alaska World Affairs Council, Evangeline Atwood, and with the generous support from The Atwood Foundation, these public programs feature world-class experts on a diverse range of topics.


Honorary Consul Eivind J. Heiberg
Eivind J. Heiberg is Honorary Consul in Minneapolis

Eivind J. Heiberg is the Honorary Consul in Minneapolis