Students create and defend a business plan, compete with other teams, meet top business leaders – and, oh yes – have FUN! The objective of this program is to give students a hands-on learning opportunity to explore their leadership skills and future career choices. Students also get a head start in college by earning two college credits!
A team of dedicated business executives works directly with students throughout the week to advise and coach the companies in their pursuit of a winning strategy. Participants also receive in-depth briefings from a long roster of entrepreneurs and business leaders covering topics such as leadership, corporate ethics, marketing, and finances.
Download the ABW 2014 Flyer
View the ABW 2013 Sponsors
"The most important thing I've learned is to go into your growth zone and out of your comfort zone, and that a true leader not only has to know how to lead but how to follow."
ABW 2013 graduate
"Hands down the best opportunity of my life! This program has really put a spark in me."
Cassandra S., Thunder Mt. High School - ABW 2011
"I came to this program not knowing what to expect and I left as an entrepreneur. This experience has changed me in ways I will never forget."
Kevin S., Thunder Mt. High School - ABW 2011
"This program has opened my eyes to new and exciting ideas for my future!"
Chelsea S., Raven Correspondence - ABW 2010
Despite the rain and clouds that hovered over much of the week, the Alaska Business Week class of 2013 shined. During this week, the 53 students were divided amongst seven company advisors to guide them through eight quarters (two years) of a simulated business. Each company advisor brought with them different strategies and insights and - much like the students - all came from different backgrounds and organizations. In addition to attending a total of 14 company meetings in order to successfully complete the business simulation, the ABW students had many other opportunities to interact with adults in the business world. Nine guest speakers came to share with the students about their personal experiences in the workplace, the major lessons they have learned in their lives and careers, and what they look for in employees and coworkers. The topics of the speeches varied - from Spirit of Alaska FCU CEO Mike Lombardino’s speech about security and the many risks that await adults once they enter the world of credit cards, checks, and online banking, to UAF School of Management’s own Liz Ross’s speech about chaos and the opportunities it may provide for leaders. The students also showed their talents and creativity with the variety of challenges presented to them. For example, in the “Hunk of Junk” competition, they raced to claim items collected from the Fairbanks transfer site one at a time in order to create a marketable project. The passion of these students really showed during Thursday night’s talent show, which featured singing, dancing, guitar and piano playing, and slam poetry. It is clear that although the students were here to learn about business, they have many more talents that hopefully will add more diversity to the future of the business world.Check out the ABW 2013 Talent Show
Auke Bay, AK
North Pole, AK
St. Mary's, AK
Two Rivers, AK
Ward Cove, AK