Innovation

Venture Center CEO Lee Watson Moves to 'Chief Innovator' Role

Venture Center CEO Lee Watson Moves to 'Chief Innovator' Role
Lee Watson, chief innovator and former CEO of the Venture Center of Little Rock

The Venture Center of Little Rock says CEO Lee Watson will move into a newly created position, "chief innovator," and that a former Acxiom Corp. leader, Bill Yoder, will be interim CEO.
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Sizing Up the Startup Ecosystem Movement in Arkansas

Over a decade, Arkansas has fallen in line with the national trend of embracing and publicly funding a relatively new form of economic development: structured help for entrepreneurs.
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Raising Arkansas Money For Arkansas Companies

A new venture capital firm in Conway seeks to raise $20 million to focus on startups in Arkansas.
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