Innovation Archive

Wal-Mart Gives $450,000 Grant to NWA Council

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a $450,000 grant to the Northwest Arkansas Council on Tuesday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan 6/26/2014 03:50 pm

First-time entrepreneurs in Arkansas have a new online tool that was constructed to help them navigate the process of opening a business.

Fayetteville's CrossFleet Launches Mobile App for Field Service Industries

by Mark Carter 6/25/2014 08:01 am

CrossFleet, the Fayetteville startup and Innovate Arkansas client firm that launched the LOCATE tracking app for the trucking industry in 2012, has turned its attention to field service industries.

UA Researcher Awarded Federal Grant for Biomaterial

by Associated Press 6/24/2014 03:09 pm

The $437,248 grant announced Tuesday to Jeffrey Wolchock and his team is to be used to help design and test a biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle.

Noble Institute Brings Youth Entrepreneurship Program to Fort Smith

by Mark Carter 6/23/2014 03:20 pm

The second-annual Noble Institute from Noble Impact kicked off this week in Fort Smith, and event leaders hope to spur the kind of interest in youth entrepreneurship that has enveloped the central Arkansas startup scene over the past year.

Fayetteville Firm Launches Innovative Rice Bran Products

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 11:03 am

The products, NutraBran™ Solubles and NutraBran™ Fiber, are plant-based protein and bulking/fiber ingredients suitable for use in products such as baked goods, meats, cereals, smoothies and snacks.

New Group Promoting Arkansas Biotech, Nanotech Firms

by Mark Carter 6/17/2014 11:09 am

Brian Umberson, spokesman for Bio+Nano+Arkansas, says Arkansas boasts a "surprising assortment" of biotech and nanotech companies that provide research-based services related to cell lines, diagnostics and raw materials.

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Winding Down, Will Close in 2017

by Mark Friedman 6/16/2014 12:00 am

After committing more than $1.8 billion to nonprofits since 1994, including hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations in Arkansas, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas is set to shut down at the end of 2017.

Noble Impact Introduces Entrepreneurship Program to eStem Third Graders

by Mark Carter 6/13/2014 11:23 am

After successfully introducing its student entrepreneurship program to Little Rock's eStem Public Charter High School, Noble Impact decided to take on third graders.

UA to Offer First Start-to-Finish Online Bachelor's Degree

by Lee Hogan 6/10/2014 09:41 am

Starting this fall, the University of Arkansas will offer its first start-to-finish online bachelor's degree program. The degree will be a bachelor's in business administration from the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

James Hendren to Kick Off AVC's Entrepreneurial 'Build It' Series

by Mark Carter 6/6/2014 09:07 am

Arkansas "techpreneur" pioneer James Hendren will kick off the Arkansas Venture Center's Build It program on Tuesday from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas Fellowship Announces First Class, Host Companies

by Mark Carter 6/4/2014 12:21 pm

The Arkansas Fellowship is a program that matches graduating Arkansas college seniors with Arkansas host companies.

Little Rock Tech Park Offers Director Job to Brent Birch

by Mark Carter 6/4/2014 11:42 am

Brent Birch, chief information officer for Arkansas Business Publishing Group, has been offered the director's job for the planned Little Rock technology park.

Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center Hosting Seminars Throughout Summer

by Lee Hogan 6/3/2014 03:20 pm

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is hosting various seminars, in topics ranging from human resources to social media, throughout Arkansas this summer for small business owners and employees.

UALR Names Finalists for Vice Provost of Research Position

by Lee Hogan 6/3/2014 10:31 am

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named three finalists for vice provost of research, innovation and economic development. The finalists are set to visit the campus this month.

Student Entrepreneur's Donut Holes Being Served at Copper Grill

by Mark Carter 6/3/2014 09:44 am

Sydney Brazil's The Hole Thing donut holes officially were introduced to the Copper Grill dessert menu on May 30 and are being offered with the restaurant's own homemade ice cream.

Inaugural Class of Arkansas Fellows Revealed This Week

by Mark Carter 6/2/2014 12:00 am

The inaugural class of Arkansas Fellows will be revealed Wednesday at a Governor's Mansion reception. The new Arkansas Fellowship program pairs graduating college seniors from state schools with Arkansas-based host companies for two-year internships that will pay an annual salary of $40,000.

Video: Highlights From Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon's Appearance at Code Conference

by Lance Turner 5/28/2014 04:26 pm

Highlights from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon's appearance today at the Code Conference, put on by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg's tech news site Re/Code.

RinseWell's 'Sexy Technology' Saves Water

by Mark Carter 5/28/2014 08:34 am

Through its RinseWell product, Fayetteville's Recycled Hydro Solutions hopes to revolutionize water conservation through the dipper wells used in the food service industry, starting with ice cream shops.

Patent Reform Proposals Threaten Innovators (Jerry McCormick Commentary)

by Jerry McCormick 5/26/2014 12:00 am

America's innovators are the backbone of the country's economy. They produce powerful new technologies that shape the way we live and learn, and they fuel economic growth on both a local and national level. In Arkansas, our patent system provides the protections needed for companies to develop exciting new products in advanced energy, nanotechnology, biomedicine and electronics, among other fields.