Tagged: ark challenge

XCelerate Capital Invests $250K in Real Agent Guard

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/8/2015 10:09 am

Real Agent Guard developed a mobile-enabled personal security system for real estate agents. It was created by founders Justin Horner and Tim Brasuell in the aftermath of the murder last year of a central Arkansas agent.

Innovate Arkansas Accelerating Startup Success in State

by Mark Carter 4/27/2015 12:00 am

Before 2012, Arkansas startup founders looking to join an accelerator program to fast-track their ventures had to look out of state. The ARK Challenge gave them a reason to stay home. The state’s first startup accelerator, the ARK was funded into life in 2012 when Innovate Arkansas submitted an application to the $37 million Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge, an effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur job creation within targeted regional industry clusters.

ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik

by Mark Carter 3/4/2015 9:17 am

With Politapoll on hold, and with Civik still searching for traction, Atwood said it made sense to explore a melding of the minds, of sorts. (RIP, Leonard Nimoy.) And a natural fit, it is.

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

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 8:41 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.

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.

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.

Spencer Jones' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Spencer Jones, who won the 2014 fall edition of the ARK Challenge with his Little Rock startup Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to emulate his early success.

Like Hogs, ARK Challenge Winner Spencer Jones on Upward Trajectory

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

While the Razorbacks toiled themselves back to respectability in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Spencer Jones developed his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, alongside some of the state’s most promising young entrepreneurs at the ARK Challenge.

Innovate 2 Educate Event Allows Students to Solve Problems

by Mark Carter 11/24/2014 8:09 am

Students from eStem Public Charter High School in downtown Little Rock spent Friday morning pitching startup ideas designed to innovate the current educational model.

Video: ARK Challenge Concludes Fourth Run in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 11:16 am

The ARK Challenge startup accelerator last week concluded its fourth installment, and first in Little Rock, with Demo Day presentations of company pitches held inside the Clinton Center's Great Hall.

Investors at Technology Summit Advise Startups to Sell the Vision

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 4:05 pm

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.

Spencer Jones Big Winner at ARK Challenge in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 9:10 am

Spencer Jones, a surgical nurse resident at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, won an investment round of $150,000 for his innovative blood-draw device Wednesday at the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock.

Arkansas Technology Summit to Showcase Research-based Startups

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 9:51 am

The summit will run all day Thursday from the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.

ARK Challenge Showcasing Little Rock Startups at Demo Day

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 8:27 am

The ARK Challenge is the tech-based startup "boot camp" launched in Fayetteville in 2012 through a federal grant that funded two installments. This year, the program was picked up by the state and private investors, continued in northwest Arkansas and expanded to Little Rock.

ARK Challenge's Skosay Looks to Open Private Channels for Consumers

by Mark Carter 11/6/2014 9:23 am

Fayetteville's Skosay has developed a private two-way communications channel for customers and businesses to share feedback in real time, and wants to be that next big NWA venture.

ARK Challenge: Fair Share Data Swinging for Fences, Consumers

by Mark Carter 10/20/2014 1:35 pm

Matt Bakke's idea for an "anti-loyalty" program for businesses and consumers led to the founding Fair Share Data in Bentonville and applying for the ARK Challenge's fall installment in Little Rock.

ARK Challenge: Spencer Jones' Light Bulb Moment Could Benefit Patients

by Mark Carter 10/14/2014 8:44 am

The road to entrepreneurship takes many different routes. For some, entrepreneurship seems to exist as part of their DNA. For others, a light bulb moment illuminates the way.

ARK Challenge: Politapoll Aims to Give Voice to Disenfranchised

by Mark Carter 10/8/2014 8:50 am

Politapoll, a startup participating in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge accelerator, enables citizens to tell their legislators exactly where they fall on specific issues and also provides a legislative report card to constituents.

ARK Challenge: Tagless Continues Trend Toward Social Entrepreneurship

by Mark Carter 9/30/2014 11:12 am

Social entrepreneurship seems to be as important to today's rising generation of entrepreneurs as turning a profit. Gabe Couch's Tagless seeks to partner shoppers with personal stylists who will hook them up with nonprofit, second-hand clothing distributors.

ARK Challenge: Eatiply Founder Not Your Typical Young Entrepreneur

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:32 am

David Woodbury isn't typical of the young entrepreneurs you'll find at startup accelerators like the ARK Challenge. Woodbury moved his family from their native Minneapolis to Little Rock to compete in the ARK and grow LinkedCause, which had already launched the TOMS Shoes-inspired Eatiply campaign.