Innovation Archive

David Allan Pivots from Acorn Hours to Tagless Style

by Mark Carter 12/15/2014 10:01 am

David Allan, who founded Little Rock startup Acorn Hours and guided it through the 2014 fall installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator, has pivoted. Allan is the new CEO of Tagless Style, another Little Rock startup that participated in the ARK this fall.

UA System Announces Faculty to Develop eVersity Curriculum

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

The University of Arkansas System announces a group of faculty members who next week will begin developing curriculum and degree offerings for the eVersity, the system's online unversity.

ASTA Funds UALR Research into Solar Cell Technology

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2014 11:22 am

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a grant of $46,500 to a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of physics who hopes to improve on a solar cell material as a stable source of sustainable energy.

Bordelon Gift to UA's Walton College Will Support Faculty Innovation

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2014 09:45 am

University of Arkansas alumni Ann and Gene Bordelon have contributed $100,000 to establish the Faculty Innovation Endowed Fund for the benefit of the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the UA announced Tuesday.

UA Receives Grant for Upgrade of Network Connections to ARE-ON, Internet2

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/9/2014 09:24 am

The University of Arkansas will use a National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its campus connection to the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network.

Wal-Mart Investment in Solar Energy Transforms Industry

by Sean Beherec 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart's investment in solar energy over the last nine years has paid off not only for the company, but also for its competitors and other businesses, as its scale has helped transform the industry.

ASTA Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website

by Mark Carter 12/5/2014 10:59 am

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority (ASTA) has launched a new mobile-friendly website designed to provide easier access to grants and investments for high-tech startups with the potential to create high-paying jobs in Arkansas.

Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program

by Mark Carter 12/3/2014 11:05 am

The ARA Fellows program was created to recognize and reward distinguished research talent at the state's five research universities, and is a complement to the ARA Scholars program, which recruits new research talent to the state.

Spencer Jones' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Spencer Jones, who won the 2014 fall edition of the ARK Challenge with his Little Rock startup Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to emulate his early success.

Like Hogs, ARK Challenge Winner Spencer Jones on Upward Trajectory

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

While the Razorbacks toiled themselves back to respectability in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Spencer Jones developed his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, alongside some of the state's most promising young entrepreneurs at the ARK Challenge.

Picasolar Gets New Funding, Works to Scale Innovative Solar Cell

by Mark Carter 11/26/2014 09:31 am

Fresh off a new round of federal SunShot Initiative funding and a $1.2 million round of equity capital, Fayetteville's Picasolar will spend the next 10 to 12 months scaling its solar cells to meet the industry standard.

Civik Connects Legislators, Constituents Through Targeted Surveys

by Mark Carter 11/25/2014 09:27 am

Trent Atwood's Civik enables elected officials to use targeted questions, based on ZIP code or demographics, to survey constituents on specific issues.

Innovate 2 Educate Event Allows Students to Solve Problems

by Mark Carter 11/24/2014 08:09 am

Students from eStem Public Charter High School in downtown Little Rock spent Friday morning pitching startup ideas designed to innovate the current educational model.

NWA's 'Vendorville' Lets Down Guard as Millennials Blend In

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Cameron Smith, whose efforts to place women on corporate boards of directors was the subject of a front-page story last week, says it's not always easy persuading denizens of New York and Silicon Valley to move to Vendorville, the Bentonville-Rogers-Springdale-Fayetteville metroplex that's home to 1,390 suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Video: ARK Challenge Concludes Fourth Run in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 11:16 am

The ARK Challenge startup accelerator last week concluded its fourth installment, and first in Little Rock, with Demo Day presentations of company pitches held inside the Clinton Center's Great Hall.

Mid-America Science Museum Renovation on Schedule, Re-opening Set for March

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 09:53 am

The museum closed in August to begin remodeling and adding exhibits and new features, thanks to a $7.8 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Pharmacy Firm RxResults Adding Jobs

by Mark Friedman 11/17/2014 12:00 am

RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company that is partly owned by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said it plans to add between 20 and 30 jobs in the next 21 months, according to a UAMS news release. Founded in 2008, RxResults was created to help lower drug costs for employers and their workers while making sure they receive the best medicines available.

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.5M Grant from National Institutes of Health

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/14/2014 10:25 am

A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the use of nanoparticles in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

ASTA Provides Commercialization Funds for NanoWatt Chip Design

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 from its seed capital investment program in Fayetteville startup NanoWatt Design.

Investors at Technology Summit Advise Startups to Sell the Vision

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:05 pm

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.