Path to Prosperity Business Competition


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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, up to twelve finalists will travel to Juneau for an intensive business Boot Camp Weekend, and 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. For more information, view competition details.


Competition History

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

In 2015, Path to Prosperity was presented a Silver Award for Excellence in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council. 


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 →

“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

This is an Equal Opportunity Program. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal Law.