Innovation Archive

Phyzit App Refines Doctor-Patient Relationships

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 09:00 am

As with most big ideas, the idea behind Little Rock's Phyzit was hatched when Arkansas Children's Hospital pediatric urologist Stephen Canon realized there had to be a better way. Canon was frustrated with the lack of communication between doctors and patients and set out to improve transitional care management.

Phyzit's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 09:00 am

Dr. Stephen Canon and his team at Innovate Arkansas client firm Phyzit offer up their five tips for startup success, plus an important bonus tip.

Tech Talent Development the Next Phase for Innovate Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Public and private resources such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Innovate Arkansas program have helped bolster tech-based startups by providing quality and sustained mentorship to assist in business and financial model development, along with guidance in preparing those startups to present their products to investors.

Tech Leaders Unite Against Laws They See as Discriminatory

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/1/2015 03:51 pm

Thirty-nine leaders from many of the country's leading tech firms issued a joint letter Wednesday in opposition to Arkansas House Bill 1228 and laws in other states that the group has deemed discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

Power Technology's Illumina Laser Projection System on Full Display

by Mark Carter 3/30/2015 01:31 pm

The Illumina laser projection system from Power Technology Inc. of Alexander represents a potential win-win for movie-goers and theater owners, and that double score was on full display Monday at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock's River Market District.

Strong Suit Clothing Company Dressed for Success With Million-Dollar Investment

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Strong Suit Clothing LLC, which was formed a year ago, recently raised $1 million and will soon have its line in Nordstrom. It also plans to start its own e-commerce website that will be headed by the Arkansas online sales guru John James, a founder of Innovate Arkansas client firm Acumen Holdings of Fayetteville.

Nancy Gray Named New Director of UAMS BioVentures

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/30/2015 12:00 am

Nancy Gray, the new director of UAMS BioVentures, has more than 30 years of experience in biomedical industries, including medicinal chemistry research, management of pharmaceutical research and development, and business operations.

Supporting Homegrown Innovation (Michael Singleton Commentary)

by Michael Singleton 3/30/2015 12:00 am

In reality, innovative research with world-changing implications happens every day in our universities and private companies. But what good is the best research discovery, technology or innovation if it never leaves the lab?

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.

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.