The University of Arkansas will host startup founders, civic leaders and educators from across the state next month at the SEED Arkansas Summit, which aims to empower entrepreneurs through higher education and other regional initiatives.
Organizers said SEED, which stands for Startups, Education and Economic Development, also seeks to spur economic growth that retains local talent in communities across the state.
Conference sessions will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Fayetteville Public Library.
Topics will include entrepreneurial ecosystem building; innovative problem solving; funding strategies to implement entrepreneurial programming; and how to engage local business to bridge the town and gown divide.
The U of A's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will hold its annual seed funding pitch competition at the conference. Student teams can received up to $2,000 for their ideas.