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Mark Carter

Editor, InnovateArkansas.org

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Mark Carter joined Arkansas Business Publishing Group in 2009 as assistant internet editor. In addition to working for Arkansas Business and ArkansasBusiness.com, Carter edits and writes for InnovateArkansas.org, for which he covers the state's growing startup community.

Carter also edits INOV8, the Innovate Arkansas blog, a chronicle of the innovation in Arkansas. He also travels the state visiting and reporting on Arkansas innovation hubs at state universities.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Optometric Association Backs UCA's Optometry School Plans

The University of Central Arkansas said Thursday it will study whether to open a school of optometry on the campus. read more >

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

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. read more >

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

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. read more >

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services. read more >

Tyson Foods Gives $1M to Downtown Springdale Alliance

Tyson Foods Inc. has given $1 million to the Downtown Springdale Alliance, the nonprofit working to revitalize the city's original downtown. read more >

'Distressed' Hazen Team Shines at Youth Entrepreneur Showcase

A team of youth entrepreneurs who appear ready to sell their wares through online marketplaces like Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots were among the top winners at Friday's Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Expo Day at Park Plaza. read more >

LR Startup Looking to Make Merger Matches

Merger Match from Little Rock startup founders and IT consultants Bridget Farris and Alese Stroud seeks to make proper matches out of potential mergers and acquisitions, and when necessary, stop them from happening. read more >

UNC Innovation Chief Addresses Business Leaders at UALR

Judith Cone, chief innovation officer for the University of North Carolina's flagship campus in Chapel Hill, told leaders of central Arkansas' business community Monday evening that innovation is not a synonym for creativity, but a process. read more >

Innovate Arkansas Helping Build Tech Startup Scene

Since its creation, IA has received almost 500 applications and as of the third quarter of 2014 had signed agreements with 213 of them. Plus, Innovate Arkansas Director Tom Dalton said there are 38 startups in the IA pipeline being reviewed for inclusion as Innovate Arkansas client firms. read more >

Investment Group Finalizes Purchase of DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock

The group represents a partnership between Fifth Avenue Capital, a New York City private equity investment firm led by the principals of Pearson Partners Inc., and Waterford Hotel Group, a Connecticut company. read more >