Innovation Archive

'Distressed' Hazen Team Shines at Youth Entrepreneur Showcase

by Mark Carter 1/16/2015 04:14 pm

A team of youth entrepreneurs who appear ready to sell their wares through online marketplaces like Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots were among the top winners at Friday's Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Expo Day at Park Plaza.

Negotiations for Tech Park Properties Continue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2015 10:44 am

Little Rock tech park director Brent Birch told the board Wednesday that negotiations for targeted park properties along Main Street in downtown Little Rock are continuing. Birch said he is working with the city on a schedule of available funds to complete the purchase of the proposed properties.

Darrin Williams Appointed to Little Rock Tech Park Board

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/14/2015 03:29 pm

Appointed by University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson, Williams will complete the term of former board member Bob Johnson, who resigned in November.

LR Startup Looking to Make Merger Matches

by Mark Carter 1/14/2015 10:13 am

Merger Match from Little Rock startup founders and IT consultants Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud seeks to make proper matches out of potential mergers and acquisitions, and when necessary, stop them from happening.

UNC Innovation Chief Addresses Business Leaders at UALR

by Mark Carter 1/13/2015 03:54 pm

Judith Cone, chief innovation officer for the University of North Carolina's flagship campus in Chapel Hill, told leaders of central Arkansas' business community Monday evening that innovation is not a synonym for creativity, but a process.

UA Startup Receives Grant to Develop Nano Coating for Glass

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 11:03 am

University of Arkansas startup WattGlass of Fayetteville has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop its nano-particle coating for glass.

Innovate Arkansas Helping Build Tech Startup Scene

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

Since its creation, IA has received almost 500 applications and as of the third quarter of 2014 had signed agreements with 213 of them. Plus, Innovate Arkansas Director Tom Dalton said there are 38 startups in the IA pipeline being reviewed for inclusion as Innovate Arkansas client firms.

Advanced Energy Jobs Number 25,000 (Steve Patterson Commentary)

by Steve Patterson 1/12/2015 12:00 am

The development of innovative technologies to help meet America's energy demands has allowed the emergence of an advanced energy sector that now accounts for the employment of more than 25,000 Arkansans, according to a new study released by the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Launches Seed-Stage Venture Fund for Tech Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2015 10:48 am

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital of Little Rock announces the creation of a private, seed-stage venture fund focused on early-stage tech startups across the region.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Jeff Amerine Leaves UA Commercialization Post to Focus on Private Firm

by Mark Carter 1/1/2015 11:30 am

Jeff Amerine will continue to teach entrepreneurship classes at the UA's Walton College of Business, and will now devote more time to Startup Junkie Consulting of Fayetteville, which he founded in 2008 and plans to grow regionally.

The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 07:12 pm

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014.

Innovate Arkansas' Top 10 Startup Tips from 2014

by Mark Carter 12/24/2014 09:22 am

What better place to look for advice on launching a startup venture than from those on the front lines? The state continues to produce talented entrepreneurs who are producing successful startups that are attracting investors and gaining traction in their respective markets. Many of them are clients of Innovate Arkansas.

Mike Malone on the NWA Growth, Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Mike Malone, director of the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Council, talks NWA growth, the creation of new business opportunities, and how the area's cities work together for the benefit of the entire region.

Fayetteville The Best Nest for ARK Challenge (Winner in Workforce Development | Over 20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

The ARK Challenge is an accelerator program for tech-based startups that was launched in Fayetteville two years ago and since has become an integral part of the state's tech and entrepreneur communities.

Venture Center, Tech Park Offices to Move Into Block 2 Building

by Mark Carter 12/18/2014 10:50 am

Leaders of the Arkansas Venture Center and the Little Rock Technology Park will set up offices in the former ARK Challenge space on the ground floor of the Block 2 building in the 100 block of East Markham in downtown Little Rock.

FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 03:01 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials.

UALR Receives ASTA Grant to Develop Bioenergy Nanotech

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/17/2014 01:47 pm

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a $37,000 grant for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops.

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 11:38 am

The Arkansas Venture Center introduced its first class of Pre-Flight graduates Tuesday night with promising, early-stage startups pitching ideas developed over the course of a 14-week, pre-accelerator program. Pre-Flight is a program created by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2011 and licensed this year by the AVC in Little Rock.

Through Connect Arkansas, Nevada County Launches New Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 02:45 pm

Connect Arkansas, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas, announced Monday the launch of the official Nevada County website, NevadaCounty.Arkansas.gov.