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Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow

Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow
The tech startup deal flow in Arkansas is blossoming, thanks in large part to the efforts of Innovate Arkansas to match entrepreneurs with available funding sources, both public and private.

As the state's tech startup ecosystem has evolved over the last decade, public and private resources are providing the seed capital funding necessary to help tech founders avoid the dreaded entrepreneurial “valley of death,” that tenuous time between launch and first revenue.
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Innovate Arkansas Connects Client Firms to Funding Options

Over the past six years, Innovate Arkansas has helped its client firms raise $197 million in private capital.
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Four Winners Named at Helena Startup Challenge

Four Helena-West Helena businesses were named winners and split $80,000 in prize money at Southern Bancorp's Helena Startup Challenge.
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