Innovation Archive

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.

Advanced Tech Tools Optimize Savings, Efficiency in Trucking

by Marty Cook 3/9/2015 12:00 am

Trucking companies have come a long way from T-cards and pay phones. Today's drivers have GPS, USB ports, instant messaging, and in some cases, their own company meteorologists as tools to get from one checkpoint to the next.

7 Startups in Little Rock's Spotlight

by Capital Assets Staff 3/9/2015 12:00 am

These seven young businesses are just a small part of the entrepreneurship and innovation community exploding in Little Rock.

BlueInGreen Announces North American Sales Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/6/2015 11:34 am

Water treatment startup BlueInGreen of Fayetteville is expanding its North American sales presence with partnerships that will help make its products more readily available in Atlantic Canada, Texas and Virginia.

Acxiom, Twitter Expand Partnership

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 01:21 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock said Thursday that it has expanded its partnership with global microblogging giant Twitter Inc. of San Francisco.

InnovateHER Business Plan Competition to Focus on Women

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/5/2015 10:57 am

Startup Junkie of Fayetteville will host the SBA's InnovateHER competition on March 27. It will feature innovate products and services that can help empower women's lives.

ADFA Invests $5M in Atlanta's Noro-Moseley Partners, Early Investor in Acumen Brands

by Mark Carter 3/5/2015 10:17 am

Noro-Moseley is a venture-capital fund that has been increasing its activity in Arkansas. In 2010, it invested $3.5 million in Fayetteville's Acumen Brands.

Charles Morgan to Entrepreneurs: Surround Yourself with Good People

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:32 am

Former Acxiom Corp CEO Charles Morgan has some advice for entrepreneurs: surround yourself with good people, secure adequate funding, learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself.

ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 09:17 am

With Politapoll on hold, and with Civik still searching for traction, Atwood said it made sense to explore a melding of the minds, of sorts. (RIP, Leonard Nimoy.) And a natural fit, it is.

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 12:02 am

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it's being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.

Book Excerpt: Charles Morgan on Jeff Ubben, Acxiom's Battle With ValueAct

by Charles D. Morgan 2/27/2015 09:11 am

An excerpt from Charles Morgan's book, "Matters of Life and Data: A Memoir," about his dealings with investor Jeff Ubben and Ubben's company, ValueAct Capital Partners.

UA to Host Alley Scholars Business Plan Challenge

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 09:31 am

Undergraduate teams of minority students will compete in the Alley Scholars Shark Tank Business Plan Challenge on Saturday at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

UA Engineer Receives $500k for Wireless Sensor Networks Research

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/24/2015 10:40 am

University of Arkansas engineer Jing Yang has received a $500,000 federal grant to further develop sensing and transmission systems for energy-harvesting, wireless sensor networks, the university said Tuesday.

Bourbon & Boots Launches Jewelry Line with Dillard's

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 01:48 pm

Innovate Arkansas client firm Bourbon & Boots, from Little Rock entrepreneur Matt Price, has partnered with Dillard's, the department store chain based in Little Rock, to launch a new line of Southern-themed jewelry.

Merger Match Brings on Ken Clark as 'Chief Storyteller'

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 10:17 am

Clark will consult with co-founders Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud and lead the development of strategic relationships for Merger Match's proprietary corporate acquisitions assessment tool.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

CardioWise Installs Software for Use in Federal Heart Study

by Mark Carter 2/20/2015 11:13 am

Fayetteville startup CardioWise has completed full development of its cardiac analysis software and installed it at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

XCelerate Capital Invests $250k in ARK Challenge Alum Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 2/16/2015 12:01 pm

Rod Ford's new Little Rock early-stage seed fund XCelerate Capital has invested $250,000 in Tagless Style, the ARK Challenge and Innovate Arkansas firm that partnered with Goodwill of Arkansas to "upcycle" second-hand clothes.