about the Competition

Spruce Root's Path to Prosperity (P2P) business development competition is a partnership between Spruce Root and The Nature Conservancy.  The competition aims to grow local companies that will increase employment, have a positive social and economic impact on their communities, promote sustainable use of local resources, and increase entrepreneurial know-how and business leadership in Southeast Alaska. 

For each competition cycle, two winning entrepreneurs will receive an award package of up to $25,000 in seed funding for consulting/technical assistance to develop their business concept, along with support in finding investor funding.

P2P Brief Overview

Over five cycles, the Path to Prosperity (P2P) business development competition has received applications from nearly 200 businesses and start-ups from across Southeast Alaska and has provided intensive management training to 60 entrepreneurs during the signature Business Boot Camp weekends in Juneau.

The program’s success has garnered attention from beyond Southeast. In 2015, Path to Prosperity was presented a Silver Award for Excellence in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council. Joe Morrison of Biz21 Consulting in Anchorage has praised the program for its results. 


Who should apply? 

The competition is open to all residents of Southeast Alaska.  This includes individuals, for-profit businesses and tribal entities. Businesses must be located and operate primarily in Southeast Alaska. FAQ's →



Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

 Dixie and Chris Booker of Mighty Bear Roots - Wrangell, AK

Dixie and Chris Booker of Mighty Bear Roots - Wrangell, AK

Game Creek Family Orchards (Hoonah) and Mighty Bear Roots (Wrangell) are the 2017 P2P competition winners.  These entrepreneurs will each receive $25,000 in grant funding to help grow their businesses over the next year.


Mighty Bear Roots is an aeroponic greenhouse start-up that will provide the community of Wrangell with a local source of fresh healthy produce.  The clean and green operation will utilize energy efficient full spectrum LED lighting, solar panels, rain catch and ground-to-air heat transfer systems to reduce its ecological footprint while growing delicious, healthy food that doesn’t need to be barged in.  Mighty Bear Roots: pioneering ‘Solar to Stomach’ farming in Southeast Alaska.

 Rob Bishop of Game Creek Family Orchards - Hoonah, AK

Rob Bishop of Game Creek Family Orchards - Hoonah, AK

Game Creek Family Orchards supplies fruit trees, tree maintenance and support services, and fresh, locally grown apples to and Southeast Alaska.  After years of experimenting with local and disease resistant rootstocks, Game Creek Family Orchards has developed a reputation for producing apple trees uniquely crafted to thrive in Southeast Alaska.  The orchard will market local apples that have a flavor and texture far superior to those generally available in local supermarkets.

“Path to Prosperity is a results-driven competition – you can see the impact it’s having by looking at its outcomes and the businesses that have been through the program. It is the best-in-class business development program in Alaska.”
— Joe Morrison, Biz21 Consulting, Anchorage, AK