Alaska Small Business Development Center

Alaska Dreams Big: A 2024 Recap of the Arctic Innovation Competition

April 23, 2024

The Arctic Innovation Competition (AIC) isn’t your average invention showcase. It’s a whirlwind of mind-blowing ideas, life-changing prizes, and (let’s be honest) some seriously impressive young innovators. This year, our State Director, Jon (on his 13th judging stint!), was blown away by the sheer creativity on display.

Started in 2009, AIC is Alaska’s original idea contest that awards $45,000 in cash prizes and awards, providing a platform for young, aspiring minds to showcase their talent and turn their dreams into reality. This year’s competition was no exception.

From tackling real-world challenges to unveiling ideas that left everyone scratching their heads in awe (in a good way!), the participants pushed the boundaries of innovation. Their passion and ingenuity were truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next!

A bonus that our team appreciates is the opportunity to travel to celebrate local businesses and participate in community events, and this year’s AIC was one for the books!

Missed the Magic? No Worries!

Even if you couldn’t visit Fairbanks for the incredible event, you can still experience the excitement! Head to the UAF College of Business and Security Management YouTube and witness the 2024 AIC Finals & Usibelli Award Ceremony.

Feeling Inspired? Join the #AlaskaInnovation Wave!

Think you have the next big idea brewing? Don’t let it stay bottled up! Stay tuned for updates from the UAF College of Business and Security Management (@uafcbsm) to find out how you can be part of the next wave of Alaskan innovation.

The future of Alaska is bright, thanks to the incredible minds participating in the AIC. We at the Alaska SBDC are proud to support this event and all the amazing innovators it fosters. Here’s to seeing even more groundbreaking ideas come to life next year!

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