Innovation Archive

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.

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.

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