Innovation Archive

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.

CEO: Wal-Mart Taught Me How To Be A Leader, Manager

by Lee Hogan 6/30/2014 09:45 am

The co-founder and CEO of SmartStar, a mobile application that teaches children life skills, says everything she knows about herself as a leader and manager was learned during a summer internship at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart Gives $450,000 Grant to NWA Council

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a $450,000 grant to the Northwest Arkansas Council on Tuesday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

New Website Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Open Business

by Lee Hogan 6/26/2014 03:50 pm

First-time entrepreneurs in Arkansas have a new online tool that was constructed to help them navigate the process of opening a business.

Fayetteville's CrossFleet Launches Mobile App for Field Service Industries

by Mark Carter 6/25/2014 08:01 am

CrossFleet, the Fayetteville startup and Innovate Arkansas client firm that launched the LOCATE tracking app for the trucking industry in 2012, has turned its attention to field service industries.

Noble Institute Brings Youth Entrepreneurship Program to Fort Smith

by Mark Carter 6/23/2014 03:20 pm

The second-annual Noble Institute from Noble Impact kicked off this week in Fort Smith, and event leaders hope to spur the kind of interest in youth entrepreneurship that has enveloped the central Arkansas startup scene over the past year.

Fayetteville Firm Launches Innovative Rice Bran Products

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 11:03 am

The products, NutraBran™ Solubles and NutraBran™ Fiber, are plant-based protein and bulking/fiber ingredients suitable for use in products such as baked goods, meats, cereals, smoothies and snacks.

New Group Promoting Arkansas Biotech, Nanotech Firms

by Mark Carter 6/17/2014 11:09 am

Brian Umberson, spokesman for Bio+Nano+Arkansas, says Arkansas boasts a "surprising assortment" of biotech and nanotech companies that provide research-based services related to cell lines, diagnostics and raw materials.

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Winding Down, Will Close in 2017

by Mark Friedman 6/16/2014 12:00 am

After committing more than $1.8 billion to nonprofits since 1994, including hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations in Arkansas, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas is set to shut down at the end of 2017.