Innovation Archive

2 Arkansas Universities Looking to Online Innovations

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 7/22/2015 06:50 am

Two new online learning initiatives from Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas System are hoping to recruit Arkansans who began college careers but fell short of earning a degree.

NWA Council Celebrates 25 Years

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 03:51 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Monday.

Social Entrepreneurs Paired with Mentors at Boot Camp

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/20/2015 01:39 pm

Aspiring social entrepreneurs from Arkansas were paired with mentors at the 2015 Social Entreprenurship Boot Camp held at the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

Hark, Go Rogue Partner to Expand Entrepreneurial Media

by Mark Carter 7/20/2015 08:50 am

A licensing agreement will bring Go Rogue's content to the Hark network this fall. Go Rogue interviews area entrepreneurs, and Hark records conversations between entrepreneurs and innovators in central Arkansas.

Delta Bioenergy Goes Local in DeWitt

by Austin DuVall 7/20/2015 12:00 am

A micro-refinery in DeWitt is the test site for a much larger initiative by Delta Bioenergy, a project powered by Communities Unlimited of Fayetteville, a nonprofit. The organization's goal is to provide infrastructure services to underprivileged areas and allow for lasting economic and entrepreneurial growth.

Venture Center Expands Offerings with Startup Federation Collaboration

by Mark Carter 7/17/2015 11:08 am

The Venture Center has joined the Startup Federation, a global network of entrepreneur centers. The partnership provides members of the Venture Center with access to co-working space, resources, mentorship and connections to capital.

Hanna Norton Named Dean of Arkansas Tech's New eTech College

by Alexis Hosticka 7/15/2015 10:26 am

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has named Hanna Norton dean of its new College of eTech, which aims to expand the university's degree programs online.

WRI Event to Focus on Social Entrepreneurship

by Mark Carter 7/14/2015 10:14 am

The rise of social entrepreneurship — providing goods and services that provide a positive impact on society — will be the subject of the 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain.

Arkansas Fellowship Announces Second Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2015 02:06 pm

The Arkansas Fellowship, a nonprofit program that matches graduating Arkansas college seniors with Arkansas host companies, has announced its second class.

Jones Innovative Seeks FDA OK for Blood-Draw Device

by Mark Friedman 7/13/2015 12:00 am

The Bifurcated Venous Access Device allows medical providers to draw blood from the same tube used for IV fluids. Spencer Jones entered the product in the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock in November and won a $150,000 investment.

RaiseTheMoney.com Promises To Revolutionize Political Fundraising

by Austin DuVall 7/13/2015 12:00 am

RaiseTheMoney.com, a nonpartisan online fundraising company in Little Rock, signed on 71 new campaigns in June, totaling more than 200 accounts since its founding 18 months ago by Chris Stewart, the company's CEO.

Cree Inc. Buys Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville

by Lance Turner 7/9/2015 08:26 am

Cree Inc. of Durham, North Carolina, a publicly traded LED and semiconductor manufacturer, said Thursday that it has purchased Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville.

Hark Announces Entrepreneurial Summer Tour of Southeast

by Mark Carter 6/29/2015 11:33 am

Hark announced that it will launch a six-week tour of the Southeast beginning in July in partnership with Bespoke Video Production of Little Rock.

UAMS BioVentures Building Entrepreneur Support System

by Mark Carter 6/29/2015 11:07 am

Nancy Gray, the new director of the BioVentures business incubator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, is developing an entrepreneur-in-residence program to help mentor potential startup founders at the school.

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas isn't California's Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field.

Wal-Mart SVP Rick Webb: NWA Needs Employees Educated in STEM

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Wal-Mart needs vast numbers of technologically advanced workers and needs them as soon as possible, says SVP Rick Webb.

Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008.

Innovation Hub Expanding to NWA in Partnership with Fayetteville Chamber

by Mark Carter 6/25/2015 11:36 am

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will expand to northwest Arkansas, officials announced Thursday.

UA Startup Founder Ellen Brune Up for Global Women's Award

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/24/2015 10:52 am

Brune, 28, founded Innovate Arkansas client firm Boston Mountain Biotech to produce pharmaceutical proteins using a method she helped develop at the UA. She is one of 18 women in the world selected as finalists for the awards.

Iron Yard Coding Classes Set to Begin in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 6/23/2015 10:46 am

The Iron Yard coding school is set to launch in Little Rock from the Museum Center in the River Market District. The school will begin with three-month courses devoted to .NET and front-end engineering.