About us

Homeported in Anchorage, the Alaska Ocean Cluster is a startup accelerator focused on innovations that bolster the 49th State's Blue Economy and healthy, thriving oceans around the world.

With over 33,000 miles of shoreline, 158 coastal communities, and one of the largest, most sustainable wild-catch fisheries in the world, Alaska is an ideal location to develop, test, and commercialize new ocean technologies.

Our program is designed to help founders build profitable businesses that bolster the 49th State's Blue Economy and support healthy, thriving oceans around the world. Since November 2020, we've worked with more than a dozen startups, connecting them with industry partners, community leaders, scientific advisors, and investors passionate about growing the Blue Economy while protecting the planet's oceans.

We would like to thank the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association, the Economic Development Administration, the Denali Commission, Coastal Villages Region Fund, Pt Capital, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, and our advisors for their generous support.

Our Values

Give first.

Pay-it-forward. Don't expect payback. It all works out in the end. The principle can be put any number of ways. All that matters is that we do our best to help entrepreneurs.

Add value.

We strive to add value in every interaction -- whether it's an email, phone call, work product, or lunch meeting. By adding value, we show our respect for an entrepreneur's most valuable asset: time.

Build community.

There's a saying in Alaska: "it takes a village to raise a child." We believe the same is true for startups. In all our interactions with others, we strive to build community by building up others.

Our mantra

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Innovation

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Accountability

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Commitment

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Team work

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Execution

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does AOC provide funding?

Not at the moment. However, we do help startups connect with grant programs, investors, and other potential sources of funding. We encourage those seeking funding to contact us.

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How does one join AOC?

The process begins with a conversation. We will work with you to identify key needs and determine whether our program can help. We evaluate startups on a rolling basis. There is no formal application process.

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What do startups receive?

Startups accepted into the program will receive direct support from AOC staff as well as our network of mentors and advisors. We work with each startup to draft a scope of work tailored to their individual  needs.

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Why Alaska?

With over 33,000 miles of shoreline, 158 coastal communities, and one of the largest, most-sustainable wild fisheries in the world, Alaska is an ideal place to develop, test, and deploy emerging ocean technologies. The 49th State also boasts access to the harsh conditions of the Arctic. That's part of why we say, "If it works in Alaska, it'll work anywhere in the world."