Innovation Archive

Arkansas Carriers Looking for Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials

by Mark Carter 2/13/2015 10:46 am

The Arkansas trucking industry is looking at new ways to attract young drivers, and Startup Weekend organizer Max Farrell of Little Rock, himself a millennial, suggested some ways to do that.

EAST Initiative Unveils New West Little Rock Digs

by Mark Carter 2/12/2015 04:08 pm

EAST Initiative unveiled its new west Little Rock location on Thursday afternoon. The nonprofit partners with schools to provide project-based, service-oriented programs with a focus on high-end technology.

AAEA Hosting Advanced Energy Day at Legislature Tuesday

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 10:32 am

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association will host its second Advanced Energy Day at the Legislature on Tuesday. The event is open to the public and will feature advanced energy and technology exhibits in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the day plus a policy luncheon.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today's students prepare for tomorrow's jobs. It's a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

WR Foundation Awards $35k to EAST Initiative, Innovation Hub for Entrepreneurship

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/4/2015 10:43 am

The matching grant will complement a recent $35,000 donation from AT&T and assist with the procurement and setup of technology and equipment to be used in the EAST Initiative's STEAM Lab at the Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.

ARK Challenge Pivot Was Right Time for Justyn Hornor, Real Agent Guard

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 08:41 am

Justyn Hornor chose to place Politapoll on hold while he and co-founder Tim Brasuell pivoted to Real Agent Guard, which provides security measures for real estate agents.

State Lays Foundation for Entrepreneurial Growth

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

When April Seggebruch launched Innovate Arkansas client firm Movista of Bentonville with Stan Zylowski in 2010, both freshly adorned with MBAs from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the state's tech startup scene was alive but only taking baby steps.

ADFA: Four Funds to Help Grow Startups

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

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority's Arkansas Venture Capital Investment Trust consists of four funds created to provide a unique set of financial resources for startups.

Acxiom Founder Charles Morgan Shares Personal Data in New Book

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Few people would consider Charles Morgan, former chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corp. and PrivacyStar founder, a literary light — until, perhaps, now.

Kathy Deck: 2015 To Be A Transformative Year for Arkansas Economy

by Marty Cook 1/30/2015 04:41 pm

Arkansas' economy is clawing back to its pre-recession level, and Kathy Deck believes 2015 will be a year of transition.

UAMS Startup Receives $14.5M to Help Drug Users Break Addiction

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 11:24 am

InterveXion Therapeutics LLC, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures startup company, has received two federal grants totaling $14.5 million for development of drug therapies that can help methamphetamine drug abusers break their addiction.

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 10:44 am

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze.

Northwest Arkansas Council's 3-Year Plan to Focus on Workforce, Schools

by Marty Cook 1/27/2015 02:16 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council announced a three-year development plan for the region at its winter meeting Tuesday in Rogers.

Robotics Competition Bringing Kids from 11 States and Canada to LR

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:28 am

Students from across Arkansas and representing 11 states and even Canada will converge on Barton Coliseum in Little Rock March 6-7 for the 2015 Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 11:08 am

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses.

In Arkansas, Rules Restrict e-Services By Physicians

by Mark Friedman 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Teladoc Inc. of Dallas is the latest telemedicine provider to be shut out of Arkansas because of Arkansas State Medical Board rules involving physician-patient relationships.

The Root Café Gets $150K Grant from JPMorgan Chase Bank

by Lee Hogan 1/21/2015 04:30 pm

Jack and Corri Sundell, owners of The Root, received a $150,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase. The Root was one of 20 grant recipients in the JPMorgan Chase Mission Main Street program, and the only one in Arkansas.

Tyson Foods Foundation, Family Donate $500K to UA's eVersity

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/21/2015 10:47 am

The Tyson Foods Foundation Inc. and the Tyson family have donated $500,000 to the University of Arkansas System's online university, eVersity.

Agreement Puts Drones Closer to Sky

by Sean Beherec 1/19/2015 12:00 am

A cooperative agreement announced last week between the Federal Aviation Administration and CNN for the company to use unmanned aircraft for news gathering has some operators hopeful for the future.