Innovation Archive

Rise of the 'Purpose Economy' (Martin Thoma Commentary)

by Martin Thoma 6/15/2015 12:00 am

Trend spotters argue that just as the industrial economy supplanted the agrarian economy and then was itself supplanted by the information economy, a new megatrend is producing entirely new ways of organizing businesses and producing value.

Arkansas Investor Kristian Andersen Part of $35M High Alpha Launch

by Mark Carter 6/10/2015 04:11 pm

Arkansas tech entrepreneur and investor Kristian Andersen is part of a group of prominent national founders who have launched High Alpha, a "venture studio" conceived to launch and scale tech startups.

Former ARK Challenge Startup Pivots, Becomes Wyzerr

by Mark Carter 6/10/2015 02:57 pm

Wyzerr, founded last year as the result of a pivot by Innovate Arkansas and ARK Challenge firm Sooligan, pitched its consumer insights platform Wednesday at the 1 Million Cups program at the Venture Center in Little Rock.

UAMS Gets $3.9M NIH Grant for Biomedical Research Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/10/2015 11:00 am

UAMS receives a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health of continue the Arkansas INBRE program, which promotes biomedical research in the state.

Little Rock's Hark Adds Former Windstream Manager

by Mark Carter 6/9/2015 02:08 pm

Hark, a Little Rock media company, has named former Windstream manager, Scott Davis, as its chief technology officer and co-founder.

An Interview with Anthony Owen, Arkansas' New Computer Science Leader

by Alexis Hosticka 6/8/2015 07:06 am

Anthony Owen will assume his role a Computer Science Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Education on July 1.

ISPs Eye Boosting Consumer Speeds

by Sean Beherec 6/8/2015 12:00 am

Sam Walls, the president of Connect Arkansas, which promotes adoption of broadband Internet around the state, says higher speeds show that Internet service providers are responding to the demands of the marketplace.

Nerdies Launches Blur State Coding School in NWA

by Mark Carter 6/2/2015 01:32 pm

Nerdies founder Brad Harvey said Blur State was created to be an intensive coding boot camp for adults looking to enter the information technology field in areas such as computer programming, design and business analysis.

Innovate Arkansas Firms Experiencing Success

by Mark Carter 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Since its inception in 2007, Innovate Arkansas has counseled and mentored hundreds of Arkansas tech startups, placing them in position to succeed and create high-paying jobs. With about 85 currently active client companies, IA continues to nurture tech entrepreneurs and help grow the state's budding tech startup ecosystem.

Hayseed Ventures Aiming for $6 Million Investment

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/1/2015 12:00 am

John James, the Acumen Brands founder, is in the process of raising $6 million for his new company, Hayseed Ventures LLC in Fayetteville.

UA Team Wins Tri-State Governor's Cup Competition

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/29/2015 10:16 am

Kordate Solutions from the University of Arkansas won the graduate division of the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Governor's Cup business-plan competition in Las Vegas.

Jeff Amerine: 'Open Innovation' Model Can Work for Entire State

by Mark Carter 5/28/2015 02:03 pm

IA adviser Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting told a gathering of the state's entrepreneurship and innovation movers and shakers that an "open innovation" model can work for Arkansas.

John James Wants to Turn Old Post Office into Startup Hub

by Mark Carter 5/26/2015 11:00 am

John James, the Acumen Brands founder who now focuses most of his time on launching Hayseed Ventures in Fayetteville, has a vision for the historic Old Post Office building that anchors the Fayetteville downtown square.

When Facebook Inhibits Knowledge (Sarah Quintanar Commentary)

by Sarah Quintanar 5/25/2015 12:00 am

Given the massive amounts of data available in today's world, often, regardless of whether facts or conclusions are correct, they are massively published because of the effortless ability to spread information in a split second.

Picasolar Dedicates New HQ at UA Tech Park

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2015 03:16 pm

The 2,300-SF space in the Enterprise Center at the UA tech park will enable Picasolar, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, to reduce the time it takes to produce its patent-pending product.

Arkansas' Top Exporters Recognized, Officials Call for Ex-Im Bank Renewal

by Mark Carter 5/19/2015 02:39 pm

At an awards ceremony recognizing the state's top exporters, Arkansas small business owners and an official with the U.S. Export-Import Bank called for the bank charter's renewal.

UAMS BioVentures Providing Business Guidance

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures was launched more than a decade ago to combine research at UAMS with entrepreneurship, technology licensing and economic development. BioVentures has since spun off 22 companies using technologies developed at the campus.

IABC Plans 'New Media' Workshop

by Sean Beherec 5/18/2015 12:00 am

The “Navigating the New Media” workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 26 at the Heifer International Village in Little Rock. The cost to attend is $50 for students, $75 for IABC members and $100 for nonmembers, the group said in a news release.

Tech Park Board Chooses WDD Architects for Phase 1 of Project

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 03:55 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board has selected Wittenberg Delony & Davidson as the architect for the first phase of the tech park, planned for the Main Street corridor in downtown Little Rock.

PTI to Provide Projection Mapping on Old State House for LR Film Festival

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 09:19 am

The projection mapping used to illuminate and transform Cinderella's castle at Disney World in Orlando will be a part of the Little Rock Film Festival, thanks to Power Technology Inc. of Alexander, an Innovate Arkansas firm.