Innovation Archive

Ozone Action Days: It's Good Business (Tab Townsell Commentary)

by Tab Townsell 7/3/2019 08:25 am

For "Telecommute Month," Metroplan highlights the health and financial benefits of a growing workplace trend.

Startup Junkie Opens New Springdale Office

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/1/2019 04:06 pm

Startup Junkie consultants will start meeting with entrepreneurs, innovators and small business owners in Springdale at its new Fairlane Station office this month.

Canadians Set to Tap Arkansas Lithium

by Kyle Massey 7/1/2019 12:00 am

The Candian's company, Standard Lithium Ltd., broke ground last week on a pilot plant in El Dorado, a key step toward a unique vision of pulling battery-grade lithium from a saltwater sea beneath south Arkansas.

Arkansas Center for Data Sciences Focuses on Jobs, Competition

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 7/1/2019 12:00 am

The mission of the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences is twofold: to narrow the gap between open technology jobs in the state and the talent available to fill them, and to help existing businesses use data analytics to better compete.

From Far East to Southeast, Yang Luo-Branch Brings Business Cultures Together

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/1/2019 12:00 am

Yang Luo-Branch, president of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses, says her organization seeks to bridge Arkansas and Asia.

Standridges Establish UCA Scholarship in Innovation, Entrepreneurship

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/24/2019 09:58 am

Jeff and Lori Standridge have established the first endowed scholarship in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Central Arkansas College of Business.

FIS, Venture Center Launch 4th Annual Fintech Accelerator

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 5/2/2019 10:33 am

Global financial services company FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and the Venture Center in Little Rock named the 10 startups selected to participate in the 2019 VC FinTech Accelerator program.

Bill Groves Named Chairman of NWA Tech Council

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/23/2019 03:30 pm

Bill Groves, chief data and analytics officer at Walmart Inc. of Bentonville, has been named chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council.

Delta I-Fund Startups Featured at Demo Day

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 4/23/2019 09:27 am

Rejuvenix of Little Rock, a graduate of the Delta Innovation Fund accelerator, won $10,000 for technical assistance last week at the program's 2019 Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.

Venture Center, ICBA Mark End of First ThinkTECH Accelerator

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 3/28/2019 09:29 am

An audience of prospective investors and bankers gather in North Little Rock to mark the end of the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, sponsored by the Independent Community Bankers of America and hosted by the nonprofit Venture Center of Little Rock.

2 Life Sciences Firms in Little Rock to Merge

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/12/2019 10:03 am

Navaux Inc., an early stage life sciences company in Little Rock, has merged with Stage I Diagnostics Inc. of Little Rock.

New York Organization to Open NWA Office With $2M Walton Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/11/2019 09:52 am

Endeavor of New York City has received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation that will help it launch a new office in northwest Arkansas.

Walton Foundation Gives $23.7M to UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/9/2018 02:26 pm

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation has given $23.7 million to the University of Arkansas' research and economic development infrastructure.

Community Bankers Group, Venture Center Launch New Accelerator

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/31/2018 10:56 am

The Independent Community Bankers of America is partnering with The Venture Center in Little Rock to launch the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, a community bank-focused fintech accelerator program.

UAMS' BioVentures Goes Nonprofit

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/15/2018 12:00 am

BioVentures converted to a nonprofit last year to become more competitive with private companies and other universities commercializing new technology.

Hot Springs So Real You Feel Virtual Steam

by Kyle Massey 10/15/2018 12:00 am

A two-part production, “Hot Springs: The Experience of a Lifetime" is the centerpiece of Arkansas' first VR tourism campaign.

BioVentures Boot Camp Wins National Recognition

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 10/8/2018 12:00 am

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp run by BioVentures recently won a national award, the second-place Innovations Research & Research Education Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Gas-to-Liquid Plant Near Pine Bluff Takes Major Financing Step

by Kyle Massey 8/23/2018 11:52 am

With a $30 million investment commitment from the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, plans to build a $3.5 billion plant to turn natural gas into refined liquid fuel near Pine Bluff reached a significant landmark this week.

Green Markets Draw Enviro Tech, Solfuels to Delta

by George Waldon 8/20/2018 12:00 am

Two relative newcomers to the Arkansas roster of chemical companies continue to grow their Phillips County operations since setting up shop.

JDRF Partnership Will Help Fayetteville Company Develop Insulin Pump

by Sarah Campbell-Miller 8/13/2018 12:00 am

SFC Fluidics of Fayetteville is closer to bringing its first product, a wearable insulin pump, to market, thanks to its partnership with JDRF.