Innovation

Phyzit Adds Former A Briggs Passport Chief Mike Blanchat as President
Mike Blanchat

Phyzit Adds Former A Briggs Passport Chief Mike Blanchat as President

Blanchat is the former president for A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors, which was sold last fall to CIBT. Phyzit, founded by Little Rock pediatric urologist Stephen Canon and his father Mike, has developed an app that enables doctors and patients to communicate post-visit via telemedicine and mobile messaging.
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Build IT to Feature Mainstream Technologies Founders

Next week's Venture Center Build IT "fireside chat" speaker series features the founders of Little Rock's Mainstream Technologies.
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The Hive, LR's Newest Entrepreneurial Space, Goes Live Sept. 1

The Hive is being billed as a co-working lifestyle space for creatives and entrepreneurs. It's part of Bespoke Media Group's new headquarters at 2207 Cantrell Road.
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Wine & Cheese Mixes Well With Apple for Max McCalman

One of the country's best-known cheese experts, former Arkansan Max McCalman, tells Whispers he has a cheese and wine pairing app now available free on iTunes.
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John James Looks to Make New Mark With Hayseed

Hayseed, which moved into the Old Post Office building on the downtown Fayetteville square, hopes to raise $6 million to help the next generation of Acumens. James said Hayseed has already partnered with four startups and is consulting a fifth. read more >

Startup Apptegy Aims to Improve School Communication

In today's digital age, schools now send out text alerts notifying parents of weather-related closures and more; they post student success stories on Facebook; they tweet, they update websites and smartphone apps. Apptegy, the Little Rock startup from Jeston George, has meshed all those communication channels into one platform to make technology more accessible for schools trying to deliver many messages, many ways. read more >

Harrison's ReBounces Puts Extra Life Into Tennis Balls, Courts

ReBounces, founded in 2008 and one of the first startups affiliated with the Innovate Arkansas program, developed a way to repressurize old tennis balls and give them new life. Its patented Green Tennis Machine is a bulk repressurization system specifically designed for clubs that go through a lot of practice balls. read more >

Jeannette Balleza Collins on the Agility of Arkansas Startups

Jeannette Balleza Collins is a freelance strategic consultant with Scribe Marketing, which she founded in 2004, as well as the manager of the Tonic NWA Fund, an angel investment fund she co-founded. read more >

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever. read more >

WRI Partners to Launch Uncommon Communities Program in Arkansas

Five counties in Arkansas will benefit from an economic development initiative led by the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the UA Cooperative Extension Service and Sandy and Vaughn Gresham of Oxford, Mississippi. read more >

Tom Dalton: ARK Challenge Will Continue

Despite laying low since graduating its 2014 classes, one in Fayetteville and one in Little Rock, the ARK Challenge tech startup accelerator will continue in northwest Arkansas. read more >

UALR, eStem to Partner on New High School

The project will entail new construction and renovation of existing UALR space. The new eStem High School, serving students in grades 9-12, is expected to open in July 2017. read more >

ARA Scholars Program Introduces Newest Researchers

University of Arkansas researchers Jie Xiao and Morten Olgaard Jensen were announced as the latest additions to the Arkansas Research Alliance Scholars program. read more >

Tech Park Negotiating with Banks to Finance First Phase

The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board will negotiate with a consortium of local financial institutions on a plan to finance $17.5 million for development of the park's first phase along Main Street in downtown Little Rock. read more >

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