Innovate Arkansas Accelerating Startup Success in State

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.

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