ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik


ARK Challenge Startup Politapoll Merging with Little Rock's Civik
Trent Atwood

Innovate Arkansas client firm Politapoll is merging with Little Rock startup Civik, the founders of each revealed Wednesday.

Politapoll is the Rogers startup from Justyn Hornor and Tim Brasuell which Hornor guided through the 2014 fall run of the ARK Challenge startup accelerator in Little Rock. It sought to enable users to vote on current legislative issues and see results in real-time, all the while engaging with legislators who are scored based on their votes.

He placed that venture on hold, however, to launch Real Agent Guard, another Innovate Arkansas venture.

More on that transition here.

Trent Atwood, stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base and recently returned from a deployment to Qatar, launched Civik last year and had been in talks with IA about client status.

His venture sought to poll users about specific issues related to their ZIP code and share that information with elected officials.

More on its founding here.

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.

Details haven't been hammered out yet such as the new venture name and which aspects of each project will be included.

But Politapoll and Civik are moving forward as one, with each of the founders on board. In the meantime, Atwood promises more to come.