Innovation Archive

Made by Few Rolls Friday, Saturday

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 07:50 am

In its fourth year, Made by Few is a growing nationally prominent conference for "makers of the Web" -- individuals who design and create web/mobile applications and sites.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Disruptive Innovation vs. the Hedgehog (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/18/2014 12:00 am

As a leader you have a plan for your organization. Your vision is clear and your plan well developed. The last thing you want is distraction.

Chesshir: Startup Ecosystem Can Bring Downtown to Life

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 11:12 am

The nascent Main Street creative corridor and Little Rock technology park are revealing signs of life, but Jay Chesshir, president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the continued development of Little Rock's burgeoning tech-based startup ecosystem can help get it there.

Arkansas Innovation Leaders Meet with US Commerce Official

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 10:52 am

A "who's who" of Arkansas business and innovation leaders joined Delta Regional Authority co-chair and Arkansas native Chris Masingill and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams on Friday for a discussion on entrepreneurship and its role in economic development.

Chamber's New Entrepreneurship Director Poised to Help Startups Grow

by Mark Carter 8/14/2014 11:30 am

Jordan Carlisle's new gig with the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce wasn't much of a stretch. After all, he already was working with the Arkansas Venture Center out of space donated by the Chamber, and the new duties mirror his agenda as a local startup champion.

LR Tech Park Receiving 'Genuine Interest' from Prospective Tenants

by Mark Carter 8/14/2014 10:18 am

Brent Birch, the director of the Little Rock Tech Park, told the park's board on Wednesday that he has received "genuine interest" from local companies interested in being a part of the park.

Rosalind Brewer Becomes Northwest Arkansas Council Co-Chair

by Lee Hogan 8/13/2014 03:32 pm

Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club, has take over as co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council for 2014-15. She takes over for one of the council's founding members, Mark Simmons, who is also chairman of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs. Simmons served as co-chair since June 2013.

$21.5M Children's Museum 'Amazeum' Taking Shape in Bentonville

by Marty Cook 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The Amazeum, billed as an interactive children's museum, isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but after years of planning it is at least beginning to take physical shape.

ASTA Receives $3M Federal Grant to Reduce Crop Stress

by Mark Carter 8/5/2014 02:31 pm

The funds will be spread out over three years and used to create an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art Bioimaging Consortium that will enable researchers to adapt food, fiber and fuel crops "to meet the challenges of a changing climate and a growing world population."

Arkansas Venture Center Launches Pre-Flight Accelerator Course

by Mark Carter 8/5/2014 10:39 am

Backed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Pre-Flight will be held on Monday nights over a 14-week period beginning Sept. 8 from the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the program.

Made by Few Conference Set For Aug. 22-23

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Made by Few, the “conference for makers of the Web,” is for designers and creators of mobile applications, and it's growing in national prominence.

ARK Challenge Rolls into Little Rock

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

ARK 3 — the third installment of the public/private ARK Challenge startup accelerator that made a name for itself in northwest Arkansas — is underway in Fayetteville. Meanwhile, ARK 4 launches this week in Little Rock.

Agronomic Innovations Purchases AgRobotics of Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/1/2014 10:02 am

AgRobotics co-founders Jim and Jeff Burton of Little Rock had been searching for a strategic partner to expand the market for the AutoProbe, a device that pulls 6-inch cores of soil samples from which farmers can extract accurate data.

Reports: Wal-Mart Nabs Another Shopping App, Luvocracy

by Lance Turner 7/29/2014 11:25 am

@WalmartLabs, part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s social media division, has acquired another shopping app, Luvocracy. Wal-Mart hasn't disclosed terms of the deal. Founded in 2011, Luvocracy has since been surpassed by Pinterest, another social shopping platform.

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.