Lead Sponsor     $75,000 for 2017-2019

Usibelli Coal Mine

Founded in 1943 by Emil Usibelli, Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. (UCM) is located in the mountains of the Alaska Range, near the town of Healy, Alaska. UCM is 115 miles south of Fairbanks and 250 miles north of Anchorage adjacent to the Parks Highway and Alaska Railroad. UCM currently has a work force of approximately 115 employees, and operates year-round. Mine production has grown from 10,000 tons in 1943 to an average between 1.2 and 2 million tons of coal per year. Currently the only operational coal mine in Alaska, UCM is supported by the most modern mining equipment and state-of-the-art engineering. Today, UCM supplies coal to six Interior Alaska power plants and over the years has exported coal to Chile, South Korea, Japan and several other Pacific Rim destinations.

Innovator     $5,000 and over

BP Transparent-2


Student Kicker Prize Sponsor & Reception Sponsor. BP provides customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and petrochemical products used to make everyday items.

Brad Feld

Brad Feld is managing director at Foundry Group in Boulder, Colorado. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and on the boards of Path Forward and the Kauffman Fellows. Brad is a speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Venture Deals. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Kinross Fort Knox

Junior Division Sponsor. Kinross’s mission is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

Northrim Bank

Northrim is a commercial bank, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, committed to providing Customer First Service. We specialize in serving businesses, professionals, and individual Alaskans who are looking for personal service and value.


Robinson & Ward, PC

Robinson & Ward, PC is a full service accounting firm offering a wide range of business and individual services to meet the needs of clients. Their direct approach to accounting includes, among many other services, hands-on training, on or off-site bookkeeping, and superior availability

Creator     $4,999 – $3,000

Design Alaska

Design Alaska is a partnership of local architectural and engineering professionals and is the largest full service architectural and engineering firm in Interior Alaska.

Thinker     $2,999 – $1,501

Alaska Small Business Development Center

The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides no-cost advising services and low cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.


Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation

The mission of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation is to assist in creating new jobs and new economic opportunities for the residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a local government unit similar to a county which covers 7,361 square miles and has approximately 99,200 residents. Within the borough are two cities, Fairbanks and North Pole and several unincorporated communities.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Recycling Commission

Recycling Kicker Prize Sponsor. Established by Ordinance 2009-39 amending FNSB Chapter 8.12 concerning the Recycling Program and reestablishing or continuing the Recycling Commission. The duties of the commission include; increasing public awareness of the recycling program, recommend changes to the recycling program, and recommend approved recyclers. This commission is up for reauthorization every six years, by ordinance. This commission was authorized in 2009 and reauthorized in 2015.

Fountainhead Development Inc.

Fountainhead Development Inc. (FDI), established in 1985, is the largest real estate developer and hospitality organization in Fairbanks.  We own and manage four hotels, over half of a million square feet of commercial leasing space, and a year-round commercial construction division. FDI’s hotels include Sophie Station Suites, Wedgewood Resort, Bear Lodge (located on the grounds of Wedgewood Resort) and the Bridgewater Hotel. Between these four properties, there are 700 hotel rooms, four restaurants, two lounges, one internet cafe & gift shop, and a beautiful convention facility. Our current ongoing projects include the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary (at Wedgewood Resort) and the Fountainhead Antique Auto Collection. We staff of over 175 year round employees and over 200 additional seasonal employees in a variety of jobs from construction to restaurants and hotels. Fountainhead Development is committed to the Fairbanks community, and proud of the role it has played in expanding commercial, retail, residential and hotel opportunities within the community.


PDC Inc. Engineers

Arctic Kicker Prize Sponsor. PDC Inc. Engineers is a full-service engineering company. We retain established clients and attract new ones because we visualize and make the “whole” project real: from project management to detailed design and into construction. Beyond Alaska, our project experience has taken us to Antarctica, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, and the western United States.

Dreamer     $1,500 – $500


Allstate Insurance, Chris Marok

Fan Fave Award Sponsor. As your Allstate agent, I can help you understand how the choices you make – such as the car you drive – affect your insurance rate. I’m committed to helping you get the appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with Allstate.

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

AEDC provides industry expertise and economic resources to both large corporations and growing companies interested in locating or expanding their business in Anchorage.

Cold Stone Creamery

For more than 25 years we’ve served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, and of course, our signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.

Doyon, Limited

Doyon Limited Is the Native regional corporation for Interior Alaska and is a for-profit corporation with more than 18,600 shareholders. Established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Doyon is the largest private landowner in Alaska, with more than 12.5 million acres allocated to the corporation under ANCSA.

Foundation Health Partners

Beginning January 1, 2017, Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center became part of Foundation Health Partners, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation. Foundation Health Partners will operate all three facilities through a 15-member Board of Directors. While the name has changed from Banner Health to Foundation Health Partners, our commitment to the community continues. At Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center, our patients and residents are at the heart of everything we do. Community owned and now community operated – we are dedicated to providing compassionate health care for every chapter in your life story. “A lifetime of excellent care provided by your community health care team.” People First. Community Focused. Excellence Every Time.

Juneau Economic Development Council

JEDC is an economic development agency that provides direct benefits to Juneau and the Southeast Alaska region. JEDC leverages its annual funding from the CBJ and additional funds through strategic alliances with community groups and government agencies to create and retain quality jobs in Southeast Alaska.

Ravn Alaska

For decades, our airlines have been connecting some of the Last Frontier’s most famous destinations, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Cordova, Homer, Valdez, Kenai, Kodiak and beyond. Whether it’s Corvus Airlines, Hageland Aviation or Frontier Flying Service — combined, our companies have been flying here for about as long as Alaska’s been a state. In fact, our operations and experience have grown right alongside the Last Frontier. We are proud to offer scheduled service to more than 100 communities statewide. Our team of professionals on the ground and in the air has the history and experience to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction today — and for the future. We offer service for passenger groups and odd-sized cargo up to 6,000 pounds, and have charter authority for anywhere in our great state, Canada and the Lower 48.