Innovation Archive

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Launches Seed-Stage Venture Fund for Tech Startups

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2015 10:48 am

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital of Little Rock announces the creation of a private, seed-stage venture fund focused on early-stage tech startups across the region.

The 2014 Executive Q&A Issue

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/5/2015 12:00 am

We asked Arkansas' business giants to weigh in on challenge and success throughout 2014. Here's what they had to say.

Jeff Amerine Leaves UA Commercialization Post to Focus on Private Firm

by Mark Carter 1/1/2015 11:30 am

Jeff Amerine will continue to teach entrepreneurship classes at the UA's Walton College of Business, and will now devote more time to Startup Junkie Consulting of Fayetteville, which he founded in 2008 and plans to grow regionally.

The Top 10 Business Stories of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/30/2014 07:12 pm

Politics, white-collar crime, banking acquisitions, Turner Grain and more. Arkansas Business recaps the top 10 stories from the year that was 2014.

Innovate Arkansas' Top 10 Startup Tips from 2014

by Mark Carter 12/24/2014 09:22 am

What better place to look for advice on launching a startup venture than from those on the front lines? The state continues to produce talented entrepreneurs who are producing successful startups that are attracting investors and gaining traction in their respective markets. Many of them are clients of Innovate Arkansas.

Mike Malone on the NWA Growth, Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Mike Malone, director of the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Council, talks NWA growth, the creation of new business opportunities, and how the area's cities work together for the benefit of the entire region.

Fayetteville The Best Nest for ARK Challenge (Winner in Workforce Development | Over 20,000)

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

The ARK Challenge is an accelerator program for tech-based startups that was launched in Fayetteville two years ago and since has become an integral part of the state's tech and entrepreneur communities.

Venture Center, Tech Park Offices to Move Into Block 2 Building

by Mark Carter 12/18/2014 10:50 am

Leaders of the Arkansas Venture Center and the Little Rock Technology Park will set up offices in the former ARK Challenge space on the ground floor of the Block 2 building in the 100 block of East Markham in downtown Little Rock.

FDA's $1.2M Grant Extends ARA, NCTR Research into Graphene

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 03:01 pm

The Arkansas Research Alliance announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that will extend a collaborative research program focused on graphene-based nanomaterials.

UALR Receives ASTA Grant to Develop Bioenergy Nanotech

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/17/2014 01:47 pm

The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has awarded a $37,000 grant for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops.

Early-Stage Startups Shine at AVC's Pre-Flight Pitch Day

by Mark Carter 12/17/2014 11:38 am

The Arkansas Venture Center introduced its first class of Pre-Flight graduates Tuesday night with promising, early-stage startups pitching ideas developed over the course of a 14-week, pre-accelerator program. Pre-Flight is a program created by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2011 and licensed this year by the AVC in Little Rock.

Through Connect Arkansas, Nevada County Launches New Website

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 02:45 pm

Connect Arkansas, in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas, announced Monday the launch of the official Nevada County website, NevadaCounty.Arkansas.gov.

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.

Search

Latest Arkansas Business Poll

Is the new religious objections law a good compromise?