Innovation Archive

Supercomputer Transferred to University of Arkansas

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 09:33 am

A new supercomputer is set to more than double the computational capacity of a University of Arkansas computing center. The university announced Monday that the National Science Foundation and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have gifted the machine.

Arkansas' Own Crowdfunding Site EquityNet Alive and Kicking

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

What Arkansas' EquityNet lacks in scrappy appeal it seeks to make up for in experience and performance. Of course, the 10-year-old company, based in Fayetteville, has an audience and purpose very different from Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

Angel Eye's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 5/4/2015 12:00 am

CEO Steve Bethel wants to expand the platform to provide two-way communication between parents at home and nurses at the hospital. While Angel Eye focuses on further developing its product, it remains a small startup on the cusp of growth.

For Parents of Preemies, A Little Innovation from Angel Eye

by Mark Carter 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The tech-based startups that make up the portfolio of Innovate Arkansas client companies have taken innovation to new heights in Arkansas, from the potentially groundbreaking solar-cell technology of Picasolar to the e-commerce genius of Acumen Brands. Now another IA client firm, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences startup Angel Eye Camera Systems, has applied some innovation to the NICU.

Leaders Deem AMS Innovation Summit A Success, Seek More Events

by Mark Carter 5/1/2015 10:27 am

Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions director Dan Curtis and Innovation Hub director Warwick Sabin said they would like to partner on more events like the Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit.

Arkansas Baptist College Opens Scott Ford Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/29/2015 02:29 pm

Arkansas Baptist College of Little Rock on Wednesday marked the opening and dedication of the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship & Community Development.

First Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit Underway at Hub

by Mark Carter 4/29/2015 10:46 am

The first Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit is taking place at the Innovation Hub in downtown North Little Rock, as business leaders from across the state meet to discuss ways to infuse innovation into the state's manufacturing industry.

Innovation Hub Receives $1M EDA Grant for Argenta Center

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 02:25 pm

The nonprofit Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub has received a $1 million federal grant to complete renovation of its Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock, it announced Monday.

Warren Stephens Bets on Startup Roadie Shipping Network

by Jan Cottingham 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Roadie uses the excess capacity of passenger vehicles already on the road to move packages from one point to another. The Roadie mobile app connects drivers with people who need to ship goods to where those drivers are already headed.

Conway Startup Grainster's Boasts Wildly Optimistic Projections

by Mark Friedman 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Grainster, an online grain-trading business based in Conway, launched in August and has since made eye-popping claims of being a $200 million startup and having a potential valuation of $1 trillion in just 14 years.

Innovate Arkansas Accelerating Startup Success in State

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Before 2012, Arkansas startup founders looking to join an accelerator program to fast-track their ventures had to look out of state. The ARK Challenge gave them a reason to stay home. The state's first startup accelerator, the ARK was funded into life in 2012 when Innovate Arkansas submitted an application to the $37 million Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge, an effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur job creation within targeted regional industry clusters.

nGage Labs Cuts 15 Jobs in Little Rock, But Still Open for Business

by Mark Carter 4/24/2015 09:38 am

nGage Labs laid off 15 workers last month, but its office in Little Rock remains open, a company spokesman says.

Arkansas State, Harding Teams Take Top Awards at DWR Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter 4/22/2015 02:54 pm

Teams from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Harding University in Searcy took top honors at the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business-plan competition awards.

PTI Beaming Over Potential Laser-like Growth

by Sean Beherec 4/20/2015 12:00 am

The launch and demonstration of a new laser technology by Power Technology Inc. of Alexander at the Ron Robinson Theater last month is expected to play an important role in the company's future growth, one of its executives said in an interview.

Patent Primer: A Visit with Jeff Stinson of UALR TechLaunch

by Mark Carter 4/20/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Stinson leads the technology commercialization efforts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as director of UALR TechLaunch. He's also executive director of Fund for Arkansas' Future, the state's first private angel fund. Stinson believes startups born of university research can bolster the state's growing tech startup ecosystem. Many Innovate Arkansas client firms are university startups that hatched a patentable idea and commercialized it.

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub Lauded by Business Facilities Magazine

by Sean Beherec 4/13/2015 12:00 am

The Innovation Hub, located at Broadway and Poplar Streets in North Little Rock, offers several programs to cultivate skills development and entrepreneurship. The hub also hosts events and promotes educational initiatives.

Inuvo, PrivacyStar Announce Move to River Market District

by Mark Carter 4/9/2015 11:46 am

Conway tech firms Inuvo Inc. and PrivacyStar announced Thursday that they will move to the Museum Building in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. The two firms will take up a combined 26,000 SF.

Asa Hutchinson Wants More Private Venture Capital in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 02:51 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said he'd love to see the continued evolution of private venture capital in Arkansas to meet the growth of the state's tech startup ecosystem.

CinemaCon 2015 Will Have an Arkansas Flavor

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 11:31 am

This year's event will feature three Arkansas firms at the CinemaCon trade show, interestingly enough: Power Technology Inc. of Alexander; Weldon, Williams & Lick of Fort Smith; and Klipsch of Hope.

Ex-Im Bank Chair: We're Here to Level Playing Field

by Mark Carter 4/8/2015 09:32 am

In Little Rock Tuesday to speak at the Clinton School of Public Service and tour the Power Technology Inc. laser manufacturing facility in Alexander, U.S. Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg insisted his job is to level the playing field for American exporters, big and small.