Innovation Archive

ASTA Receives $3M Federal Grant to Reduce Crop Stress

by Mark Carter 8/5/2014 02:31 pm

The funds will be spread out over three years and used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber and fuel crops "to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population."

Arkansas Venture Center Launches Pre-Flight Accelerator Course

by Mark Carter 8/5/2014 10:39 am

Backed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Pre-Flight will be held on Monday nights over a 14-week period beginning Sept. 8 from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the program.

Wal-Mart's Website to Personalize Shopping

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 09:39 am

Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer.

ARK Challenge Rolls into Little Rock

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

ARK 3 — the third installment of the public/private ARK Challenge startup accelerator that made a name for itself in northwest Arkansas — is underway in Fayetteville. Meanwhile, ARK 4 launches this week in Little Rock.

Made by Few Conference Set For Aug. 22-23

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Made by Few, the “conference for makers of the Web,” is for designers and creators of mobile applications, and it's growing in national prominence.

Agronomic Innovations Purchases AgRobotics of Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2014 10:02 am

AgRobotics co-founders Jim and Jeff Burton of Little Rock had been searching for a strategic partner to expand the market for the AutoProbe, a device that pulls 6-inch cores of soil samples from which farmers can extract accurate data.

Reports: Wal-Mart Nabs Another Shopping App, Luvocracy

by Lance Turner 7/29/2014 11:25 am

@WalmartLabs, part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s social media division, has acquired another shopping app, Luvocracy. Wal-Mart hasn't disclosed terms of the deal. Founded in 2011, Luvocracy has since been surpassed by Pinterest, another social shopping platform.

Arkansas High School to Start Drones Program

by Associated Press 7/28/2014 07:48 am

Beebe will be bringing drones to school this fall. The school district will offer a drones class after ninth- and 10th-grade Principal Mike Tarkington got the idea for starting one while watching an episode of "60 Minutes" about them in March.

Aurora Digital Signage Partners with Verizon for Internet Coverage

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/24/2014 01:36 pm

The partnership with Verizon will enable Aurora clients to use the Verizon Wireless network to power their digital signage and eliminate the need to run internal cables.

Josh Moody's Overwatch App Ready to Hit Market

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 03:38 pm

Gamers can expect to see the free Overwatch combat gaming app in the iTunes store within a couple of weeks, Overwatch CEO Josh Moody told his 1 Million Cups audience Wednesday in Little Rock.

Arkansas Venture Center Names Operations Team

by Mark Carter 7/23/2014 10:56 am

Joining AVC co-founder, president and CEO Lee Watson on staff are Caroline Ford as director of communications and development and Marshal Kenneday as director of operations. AVC was founded in 2013 and officially launched in May with a $500,000 matching grant from the state.

Alma Firm Receives Federal Grant for 'Quad Rider'

by Mark Carter 7/22/2014 08:57 am

InvoTek, a research and development firm from Alma, has received a $175,000 federal grant for development of the "Quad Rider," a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities safely operate a handcycle.

Student Entrepreneurs at eStem Get Their Own Space: The Vault

by Mark Carter 7/21/2014 08:02 am

The Vault is an internal incubator for student entrepreneurs set inside what once was the underground vault of the former Federal Reserve Bank at Third and Louisiana streets in downtown Little Rock. The building now serves students in grades 9-12 as eStem High School.

Fayetteville's APEI Earns R&D 100 'Oscar of Innovation'

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/11/2014 03:49 pm

The R&D 100 is a prestigious list of the world's top 100 tech-based product innovations included each year in R&D Magazine. The R&D 100 is known as the "Oscars of Innovation" and past award winners have included the flashcube, ATM, fax machine and HDTV.

Jay Chesshir: Acquisition Process for Tech Park Could Be Done by End of Year

by Mark Carter 7/11/2014 10:05 am

Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jay Chesshir believes the acquisition process for the recommended site of the planned Little Rock tech park could be "substantially done by the end of the year."

LR Tech Park Board Hears Main Street Site Recommendations

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/10/2014 09:53 am

The real estate firm selected by the Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board to help search for a downtown site for the planned tech park on Wednesday recommended the acquisition of five properties along Main and Scott streets.

Vivione Partners with Global Firm to Offer Diagnostic Test for Oil and Gas Industries

by Mark Carter 7/9/2014 10:51 am

Vivione Biosciences of Pine Bluff has announced a partnership with the Institute for Environmental Health that will open up its pathogen detection system to the oil and gas industries.

Southern Arkansas University's Marine Biology Program Begins This Fall

by Lee Hogan 7/7/2014 10:37 am

Southern Arkansas University will offer the state's first marine biology degree beginning this fall. The university hopes the new program will draw in students from across the state and region.

ARK Challenge Readies for Third Installment

by Mark Carter 7/7/2014 12:00 am

The third installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in Fayetteville, scheduled to run for three months beginning later this summer through September, will be leaner and meaner.

Launch Retreat Hopes to Fill Niche in Startup Ecosystem

by Mark Carter 7/3/2014 11:30 am

Part startup accelerator, part Startup Weekend, a new event in northwest Arkansas is designed to nudge early-stage startup ventures on their way to healthy growth.