Innovation Archive

ARK Challenge: Acorn Hours Solving 'Real Problem'

by Mark Carter 9/8/2014 10:41 am

Acorn wants to "intertwine" accountability and service when it comes to tracking service hours, help young people tell their stories and be "catalysts for change," and free up teachers from sometimes tedious paperwork.

Josh Moody's Overwatch Headed to San Francisco for TechCrunch 'Disrupt'

by Mark Carter 9/5/2014 10:53 am

Innovate Arkansas client firm and ARK Challenge alumni startup Overwatch will participate in the prominent national tech conference TechCrunch Disrupt next week in San Francisco.

ARK Challenge Hosts Early Demo Day for NWA Teams

by Mark Carter 9/4/2014 02:35 pm

The "lean and mean" theme adopted for the third installment of the ARK Challenge carried over to the startup accelerator program's Demo Day, held Thursday in the Great Hall at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Little Rock's RxResults Raises $4M Investment Round

by Mark Carter 9/3/2014 12:26 pm

UAMS startup RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company based in Little Rock, on Wednesday announced a $4 million investment by Ansley Equity Partners and Ansley Equities of Naperville, Ill.

ASTA Awards Grant to UALR Researcher for Leukemia Cure Search

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/2/2014 11:16 am

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has awarded $50,000 to researcher Darin Jones of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to fund his research to develop a cure for leukemia.

Harvey Hughes' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:01 am

Founder Harvey Hughes of Mountain Home's SEAS Education, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, likes to keep things simple. Here are his five tips for startup success.

Foreign Patent Trolls Threaten Arkansas Economy (Warwick Sabin Commentary)

by Warwick Sabin 9/1/2014 12:00 am

“Patent trolling,” the practice of obtaining large buckets of intellectual property rights with the intention of using them to extract damages and settlement revenue rather than to protect innovation or produce anything, is not a new idea.

IA Client Firm SEAS Education not Typical 'Startup'

by Mark Carter 9/1/2014 12:00 am

One Innovate Arkansas client firm stretches the "startup" tag. SEAS Education of Mountain Home has been around since 1995 and quietly has become a leading national provider of education plan management software.

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff.

Video: Attendees Give Made by Few Rave Reviews

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 08:40 am

Videographer Barry Deere captured the enthusiasm surrounding the tech conference for "makers of the web," with reaction from attendees, event organizers plus speaker James Victore, a renowned independent designer/artist from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Student Entrepreneur's Doughnut Holes Available Soon at Spokes

by Mark Carter 8/28/2014 09:04 am

Downtown workers can get their doughnut hole fix beginning Friday, Sept. 5, at Spokes' coffee and smoothie shop inside Orbea's North American headquarters in the 100 block of Main in Little Rock.

ARA Scholars Program Announces Two New Scientists

by Mark Carter 8/27/2014 11:01 am

Carolina Cruz-Neira and Gareth Morgan were introduced from the Governor's Conference Room at the state Capitol by Gov. Mike Beebe and ARA director Jerry Adams.

Startup Weekend Returns to Little Rock Sept. 12-14

by Mark Carter 8/26/2014 10:05 am

The 54-hour event, at which ideas are turned into potential tech-based startup ventures, is scheduled for Sept. 12-14 from the Charles Morgan Auditorium at Acxiom's River Market corporate headquarters.

VIC Develops Own Startup ‘Venture Ecosystem'

by Mark Carter 8/25/2014 12:00 am

A unique technology transfer model is helping a Fayetteville company incubate early-stage, high-tech startups and place them on a path to market success.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Made by Few Rolls Friday, Saturday

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 07:50 am

In its fourth year, Made by Few is a growing nationally prominent conference for "makers of the Web" -- individuals who design and create web/mobile applications and sites.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Disruptive Innovation vs. the Hedgehog (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/18/2014 12:00 am

As a leader you have a plan for your organization. Your vision is clear and your plan well developed. The last thing you want is distraction.

Chesshir: Startup Ecosystem Can Bring Downtown to Life

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 11:12 am

The nascent Main Street creative corridor and Little Rock technology park are revealing signs of life, but Jay Chesshir, president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the continued development of Little Rock's burgeoning tech-based startup ecosystem can help get it there.

Arkansas Innovation Leaders Meet with US Commerce Official

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 10:52 am

A "who's who" of Arkansas business and innovation leaders joined Delta Regional Authority co-chair and Arkansas native Chris Masingill and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams on Friday for a discussion on entrepreneurship and its role in economic development.

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