Tagged: ark challenge

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.

ARK Challenge: Acorn Hours Solving 'Real Problem'

by Mark Carter 9/8/2014 10:41 am

Acorn wants to "intertwine" accountability and service when it comes to tracking service hours, help young people tell their stories and be "catalysts for change," and free up teachers from sometimes tedious paperwork.

Josh Moody's Overwatch Headed to San Francisco for TechCrunch 'Disrupt'

by Mark Carter 9/5/2014 10:53 am

Innovate Arkansas client firm and ARK Challenge alumni startup Overwatch will participate in the prominent national tech conference TechCrunch Disrupt next week in San Francisco.

ARK Challenge Hosts Early Demo Day for NWA Teams

by Mark Carter 9/4/2014 2:35 pm

The "lean and mean" theme adopted for the third installment of the ARK Challenge carried over to the startup accelerator program's Demo Day, held Thursday in the Great Hall at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

ARK Challenge: My Color of Beauty Aims to Fill Niche

by Mark Carter 8/29/2014 10:53 am

Eyona Mitchell is experiencing first hand how the other half lives. A one-person team competing in the fourth installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in downtown Little Rock, Mitchell used to help businesses at previous stints working with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Alt.Consulting in Pine Bluff.

ARK Challenge Rolls into Little Rock

by Mark Carter 8/4/2014 12:00 am

ARK 3 — the third installment of the public/private ARK Challenge startup accelerator that made a name for itself in northwest Arkansas — is underway in Fayetteville. Meanwhile, ARK 4 launches this week in Little Rock.

ARK Challenge Readies for Third Installment

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

The third installment of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in Fayetteville, scheduled to run for three months beginning later this summer through September, will be leaner and meaner.

Arkansas Venture Center Launches With $500K Grant From State

by Mark Carter 5/20/2014 1:11 pm

The Venture Center is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization that offers entrepreneurial services related to startup acceleration, corporate innovation and technical training.

Details Emerge About 2014 ARK Challenge in Fayetteville, Little Rock

by Mark Carter 3/17/2014 12:39 am

For the first installments of 2014 planned for Fayetteville, just five startup teams will be chosen. They will receive $50,000 in seed funding up front as opposed to the $20,000 previously provided.

ARK Challenge Readies for Little Rock Expansion; Warwick Sabin to Lead

by Mark Carter 1/21/2014 9:37 am

Warwick Sabin, executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, will direct the ARK Challenge business accelerator when it expands to Little Rock this year.

Startup Ecosystem Seeping Into High School Ranks

by Mark Carter 11/15/2013 11:20 am

The entrepreneurial momentum that's enveloped Arkansas over the last five years or so is seeping into the high school ranks. Noble Impact works with high schools to promote entrepreneurship.

Check Out Emily Reeves' Tips for Entrepreneurs on Innovate Arkansas

by Lance Turner 10/29/2013 11:07 am

A quick programming note for our Arkansas Business-reading entrepreneurs, who might want to check with Stone Ward's Emily Reeves, who's sharing all kinds of tips and advice for entrepreneurs and startups on our sister site, Innovate Arkansas.

Fayetteville's Btiques: Hitting Its Creative Stride

by Mark Carter 10/7/2013 12:00 am

The Fayetteville firm officially launched its boutique shopping app this past summer and currently counts as customers more than 30 boutiques in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Conway, Cabot and Newport, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Q&A with PressBaby: From Startup Weekend to the ARK, and the Differences Between LR and NWA

by Mark Carter 9/16/2013 9:45 am

Innovate Arkansas caught up with PressBaby co-founder and COO Emily Reeves, who explains just how PressBaby came to be, provides an insider's look into the ARK Challenge and discusses the differences between central and northwest Arkansas from an entrepreneur's perspective.

ARK Challenge II Names 3 Winners: Info Assembly, Overwatch, Langhar

by Mark Carter 9/5/2013 1:55 pm

Each winning startup will receive $150,000 in funding. The nine participating teams received $20,000 in seed funding and access to product development and a host of mentors during a three-month boot camp in Fayetteville.

From India to Fayetteville, MineWhat Makes Miles Pay Off

by Mark Carter 5/31/2013 4:06 pm

It’s a bit more than 9,000 miles from Bangalore, India, to Fayetteville. Janakiram Ganesan and Pavan Kumar, entrepreneurs who took their e-commerce startup MineWhat from their native India to the ARK Challenge tech startup accelerator last fall, are making the most of those miles.