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Startup Junkie's Jeff Amerine on Using Entrepreneurship to Innovate Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Jeff Amerine recently left his position as director of Technology Ventures at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to devote himself full time to Startup Junkie Consulting, the firm he began in 2008.

Nerdies Launches Blur State Coding School in NWA

by Mark Carter 6/2/2015 1:32 pm

Nerdies founder Brad Harvey said Blur State was created to be an intensive coding boot camp for adults looking to enter the information technology field in areas such as computer programming, design and business analysis.

Innovate Arkansas Firms Experiencing Success

by Mark Carter 6/1/2015 12:00 am

Since its inception in 2007, Innovate Arkansas has counseled and mentored hundreds of Arkansas tech startups, placing them in position to succeed and create high-paying jobs. With about 85 currently active client companies, IA continues to nurture tech entrepreneurs and help grow the state's budding tech startup ecosystem.

Jeff Amerine: 'Open Innovation' Model Can Work for Entire State

by Mark Carter 5/28/2015 2:03 pm

IA adviser Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting told a gathering of the state's entrepreneurship and innovation movers and shakers that an "open innovation" model can work for Arkansas.

For Parents of Preemies, A Little Innovation from Angel Eye

by Mark Carter 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The tech-based startups that make up the portfolio of Innovate Arkansas client companies have taken innovation to new heights in Arkansas, from the potentially groundbreaking solar-cell technology of Picasolar to the e-commerce genius of Acumen Brands. Now another IA client firm, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences startup Angel Eye Camera Systems, has applied some innovation to the NICU.

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.

Tech Talent Development the Next Phase for Innovate Arkansas

by Mark Carter 4/6/2015 12:00 am

Public and private resources such as the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Innovate Arkansas program have helped bolster tech-based startups by providing quality and sustained mentorship to assist in business and financial model development, along with guidance in preparing those startups to present their products to investors.

Innovate Arkansas Connects Client Firms to Funding Options

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

Over the past six years, Innovate Arkansas has helped its client firms raise $197 million in private capital.

Seed Capital Sources Growing to Meet Arkansas Deal Flow

by Mark Carter 3/16/2015 12:00 am

As the state’s tech startup ecosystem has evolved over the last decade, public and private resources are providing the seed capital funding necessary to help tech founders avoid the dreaded entrepreneurial “valley of death,” that tenuous time between launch and first revenue.

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.

Iron Yard Coding School: A 'Game Changer' for Arkansas Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 12:02 am

The Iron Yard coding school will launch in Little Rock this May, and it’s being hailed as a “game changer” for the state in the evolution of its budding tech startup ecosystem.

KA on IA: Kristian Andersen on the Future of Arkansas Techpreneurship

by Mark Carter 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Kristian Andersen talks the future role of Innovate Arkansas and what's ahead for tech-based entrepreneurship in Arkansas. The next step? Developing homegrown talent, he says.

State Lays Foundation for Entrepreneurial Growth

by Mark Carter 2/2/2015 12:00 am

When April Seggebruch launched Innovate Arkansas client firm Movista of Bentonville with Stan Zylowski in 2010, both freshly adorned with MBAs from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the state’s tech startup scene was alive but only taking baby steps.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

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.

Innovate Arkansas Helping Build Tech Startup Scene

by Mark Carter 1/12/2015 12:00 am

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.

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.

Innovate Arkansas' Top 10 Startup Tips from 2014

by Mark Carter 12/24/2014 9:22 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.

Civik Connects Legislators, Constituents Through Targeted Surveys

by Mark Carter 11/25/2014 9:27 am

Trent Atwood's Civik enables elected officials to use targeted questions, based on ZIP code or demographics, to survey constituents on specific issues.

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.

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.

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