Innovation Archive

Asa Hutchinson Names Mike Preston as New AEDC Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/26/2015 10:58 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

CJRW@SXSWi: Final Thoughts on Design, Content & Word of Mouth

by Rob Anderson 3/20/2015 01:51 pm

Rob Anderson of CJRW files his final post from South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin. Here's some of the very best notes from sessions on design, content and advertising.

Asa Hutchinson Meets with Small Business Owners

by Associated Press 3/19/2015 03:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson met with a group of small business owners to talk about how government should work alongside the private sector and take questions from the crowd.

CJRW@SXSWi: Eric Ries Shares How Lean Startup Strategies Can Apply to All Businesses

by Zack Hill 3/16/2015 05:39 pm

Eric Ries, who pioneered the new-business methodologies known as "The Lean Startup," shares tips and advice for small businesses and startups at South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin.

Four Winners Named at Helena Startup Challenge

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/16/2015 01:39 pm

Four Helena-West Helena businesses were named winners and split $80,000 in prize money at Southern Bancorp's Helena Startup Challenge.

CJRW@SXSWi: Biz Stone of Twitter on Creativity, Success

by Rob Anderson 3/16/2015 05:59 am

Rob Anderson of CJRW is at South-by-Southwest Interactive in Austin. Today, he shares highlights from a session on creativity and defining success featuring Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

Innovate Arkansas Connects Client Firms to Funding Options

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Over the past six years, Innovate Arkansas has helped its client firms raise $197 million in private capital.

NanoMech Expanding, Plans To Hire 30

by Sean Beherec 3/16/2015 12:00 am

NanoMech of Springdale is already outgrowing its new production facility as the company plans to continue to expand its manufacturing capacity.

Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

As the state's tech startup ecosystem has evolved over the last decade, public and private resources are providing the seed capital funding necessary to help tech founders avoid the dreaded entrepreneurial “valley of death,” that tenuous time between launch and first revenue.

Innovation Hub Will Host Maker Faire Event in Argenta on May 2

by Mark Carter 3/12/2015 08:00 am

The event will run in conjuction with the fourth-annual Argenta Arts Festival and will take place on about three acres of property surrounding the Hub at Poplar and Broadway in downtown North Little Rock.

Field Agent Receives $2M Round from Kansas City VC Firm

by Mark Carter 3/10/2015 09:01 am

Field Agent CEO Rick West said the money will be used for new product development and international expansion. Field Agent has grown a network of more than 600,000 international "agents" who use their smartphones to provide retail intelligence through a Field Agent app.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Aaron Burkes to Lead ADFA

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 01:27 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants former Republican lawmaker Aaron Burkes to be the next head of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. Hutchinson on Monday submitted Burke's name to the ADFA board. Gene Eagle currently serves as ADFA president.

ASTA's Tim Atkinson Sees Higher Education Meeting Hi-Tech in Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Tim Atkinson was appointed president of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority in 2013 after years of helping scientists find funding for their work.

Advanced Tech Tools Optimize Savings, Efficiency in Trucking

by Marty Cook 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Trucking companies have come a long way from T-cards and pay phones. Today's drivers have GPS, USB ports, instant messaging, and in some cases, their own company meteorologists as tools to get from one checkpoint to the next.

7 Startups in Little Rock's Spotlight

by Capital Assets Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

These seven young businesses are just a small part of the entrepreneurship and innovation community exploding in Little Rock.

BlueInGreen Announces North American Sales Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2015 11:34 am

Water treatment startup BlueInGreen of Fayetteville is expanding its North American sales presence with partnerships that will help make its products more readily available in Atlantic Canada, Texas and Virginia.

Acxiom, Twitter Expand Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 01:21 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock said Thursday that it has expanded its partnership with global microblogging giant Twitter Inc. of San Francisco.

InnovateHER Business Plan Competition to Focus on Women

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 10:57 am

Startup Junkie of Fayetteville will host the SBA's InnovateHER competition on March 27. It will feature innovate products and services that can help empower women's lives.

ADFA Invests $5M in Atlanta's Noro-Moseley Partners, Early Investor in Acumen Brands

by Mark Carter 3/5/2015 10:17 am

Noro-Moseley is a venture-capital fund that has been increasing its activity in Arkansas. In 2010, it invested $3.5 million in Fayetteville's Acumen Brands.

Charles Morgan to Entrepreneurs: Surround Yourself with Good People

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:32 am

Former Acxiom Corp CEO Charles Morgan has some advice for entrepreneurs: surround yourself with good people, secure adequate funding, learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself.