Innovation Archive

Cross-College Entrepreneur Team Making Its Mark

by Marty Cook 5/5/2014 12:00 am

It all started when Carol Reeves held the Arkansas Commercialization Retreat atop Petit Jean Mountain at the UA's Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Enrollment Down in Arkansas, But Graduates Increase at Colleges, Universities

by Gwen Moritz 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Enrollment dropped last fall at almost all of Arkansas' 22 two-year colleges and half of the four-year universities, a trend attributed mainly to improvements in the overall economy.

VIC Portfolio Firm, Akeso, Names Simon Williams CEO

by Mark Carter 4/29/2014 01:50 pm

Akeso, founded this year and based in Waltham, Mass., is a medical device company focused on the treatment of hard-to-heal skin ulcers using a new, silk biomaterial technology exclusively licensed from Tufts University.

$100M Station in Central Arkansas Proposed Along Planned Wind Highway

by Luke Jones 4/28/2014 12:00 am

A $2 billion, 750-mile transmission line project has been altered so that Arkansans will benefit from the wind energy highway that will be built through the state in coming years.

UA Aims To Start eVersity By 2015

by Luke Jones 4/28/2014 12:00 am

In March, the University of Arkansas board of directors approved UA System President Donald Bobbitt's proposal to create the UA System eVersity, an online-only branch of the state system.

Inuvo Inc. Swings to 1Q Profit

by Luke Jones 4/24/2014 03:20 pm

Inuvo Inc. of Conway announces net income of $674,759, up from a loss of $290,713 in the same quarter last year.

APEI Gets $3.5M Contract to Develop Fighter Jet Power Modules

by Mark Carter 4/23/2014 09:24 am

Arkansas Power Electronics International of Fayetteville has been awarded a $3.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop a high-temperature, silicon-carbide power module for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Bill Halter Named to Picasolar Board of Directors

by Mark Carter 4/21/2014 12:11 pm

Fayetteville solar startup Picasolar has named former Arkansas lieutenant governor Bill Halter to its board of directors. Halter served as the state's 14th lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2011.

In Arkansas, Drones Take Place of News Choppers

by Luke Jones 4/21/2014 12:00 am

The days of the humble news chopper are waning. It's now cheaper, easier and more effective to shoot stories with drones. News stations are adapting to this change in different ways. Some are hiring freelancers with access to the technology.

Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 09:46 am

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated.

Heartbleed? No Need for Heart Attack, We've Got Help, Advice

by Mark Carter 4/14/2014 03:30 pm

In late December when bloggers and TV show hosts recount the buzz words of 2014, no doubt "heartbleed" will occupy a place on each list.

University of Arkansas Teams Win 8 of 10 Governor's Cup Awards

by Mark Carter 4/9/2014 03:39 pm

Teams from the University of Arkansas won eight of the 10 awards presented Wednesday at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition.

Students Shine at First-ever High School Startup Weekend

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 11:54 am

More than 80 students in grades 9-12 spent the weekend in Little Rock coming up with potential tech-based startup ventures as part of the first-ever High School Startup Weekend.

Noel Hamm's 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Bentonville's Sales Tax DataLink is an Innovate Arkansas startup that has developed an "intuitive" software for tax professionals. CEO Noel Hamm provides his five tips for startup success.

Through STDL, Hamm Builds Better Tax Software

by Mark Carter 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Frustration led Noel Hamm to create tax technology startup Sales Tax DataLink — you know, that whole "build a better mousetrap" idiom.

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

by Jan Cottingham 4/7/2014 12:00 am

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Payroll Firms Ease the Strain on Small Businesses

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Third-party payroll companies help relieve work congestion for their clients, says Janet Johnson of Paychex. Smaller companies find it more efficient to outsource the nuts and bolts.

Video: High School Startup Weekend Kicks Off in LR

by Mark Carter 4/4/2014 09:04 am

The first-ever High School Startup Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

NanoMech Starts Work on New $10M Headquarters

by Mark Carter 3/31/2014 09:00 am

The new building, expected to be complete by September, will adjoin the company's existing facility on a recently expanded 9-acre corporate campus. An initial production facility will be ready by July, the company said.