Innovation

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day
Leah Patterson and Bryan Smith, co-founders of Little Rock's Move Makeup, listen as AVC mentors John Murdock (left) and James Hendren provide feedback at the inaugural Pre-Flight program Pitch Day.

The Arkansas Venture Center introduced its first class of Pre-Flight graduates Tuesday night with promising, early-stage startups pitching ideas developed over the course of a 14-week, pre-accelerator program. Pre-Flight is a program created by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2011 and licensed this year by the AVC in Little Rock.
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Venture Center, Tech Park Offices to Move Into Block 2 Building

Leaders of the Arkansas Venture Center and the Little Rock Technology Park will set up offices in the former ARK Challenge space on the ground floor of the Block 2 building in the 100 block of East Markham in downtown Little Rock.
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FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials.
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