Alyse Daunis is Program Manager at Launch Alaska, where she works with startups to rapidly iterate, find product-market fit, and connect to other founders, mentors and partners. She is a skilled ecosystem builder, organizing and acting as a mentor for startup weekends, hackathons, innovation sprints and other entrepreneurial development events in the state. Alyse has co-founded a startup and lead a team of 8 in distributing clean energy products in Uganda (1,100 cookstoves and 500+ solar lamps sold in initial 3 month pilot), helped run a university accelerator program, and worked with Factor(e) Ventures to identify energy solutions for micro-entrepreneurs in East Africa (download the report here). Alyse has an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and has a certificate in Human Centered Design from IDEO. She spends her free time enjoying all that Alaska’s wilderness has to offer: hiking up steep mountains, packrafting, rock climbing, and so much more!