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Venture Center, Little Rock Chamber Announce New Origin Program

The Venture Center and Little Rock Regional Chamber announced Tuesday a new program called Origin. read more >
Keith Henkel, CEO and founder of FI Works of Little Rock.
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FI Works Hopes to Leverage Its Participation in Accelerator

Software provider FI Works of Little Rock is gaining access to prospective customers and feedback from its participation in the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator now underway. read more >
Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie leads a discussion on strategic growth planning for HFA in Bentonville. His firm launched a new arm today to provide that and similar services.
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Established Arkansas Companies Seek Startup MindsetLock Icon

Established Arkansas businesses say they must innovate to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. Learning how to think like a startup is a means to that end. read more >
Jeff Stinson
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In Central Arkansas, A Host of Angels Aim to Aid Startups

The new Central Arkansas Angel Network will launch this month, aiming to provide investors and early stage startups a new way to connect. read more >
Founders of the companies selected to participate in the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program.
 
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Venture Center Names 10 Firms in New Fintech Accelerator

The Independent Community Bankers of America and the Venture Center announce the 10 companies selected for the second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program. read more >
Bond.ai CEO Uday Akkaraju
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Metroplan Report: Fintech Helping Region Grow

Amid modest overall job growth, the central Arkansas region’s financial sector grew jobs at nearly twice the U.S. average from 2017 to 2019, according to Metroplan’s 2019 Economic Review and Outlook report released Wednesday. read more >
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UA Team Takes Top Prize in Venture Center’s JOLT Event

The University of Arkansas student team called "That Team Over There" took the top prize in the Venture Center's 2019 JOLT Cyber Challenge that ended Sunday. read more >
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Venture Center Kicks Off Spark! Pre-Accelerator, Names Participants

The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber on Wednesday held a kickoff for the previously announced inaugural Spark! pre-accelerator program and named the six companies selected to participate in it. read more >
Spencer Jones, FIS enterprise product officer, flanked by the 2019 VC Fintech Accelerator participants, walks over to the Venture Center's ceremonial gong. He rang it Wednesday night to signal the end of the program, at the conclusion of its demo day event.
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FIS, State Announce Sponsorship Will Continue at Fintech Accelerator Demo Day

Global financial services company FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and the state will continue to sponsor the Fintech Accelerator next year. read more >
Executives of startups selected for FIS' and the Venture Center's 2019 Fintech Accelerator pose for a group photo with community leaders, Venture Center staff and others at the kickoff event for the program.
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FIS, Venture Center Launch 4th Annual Fintech Accelerator

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. read more >
Chris Johnson, Little Rock market president for First Financial Bank, says community banks benefitted from the ICBA Think Tech Accelerator. They got a look at new tools and could form partnerships with the startups that completed the program, and those partnerships could help them better compete.
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Community Bankers Tap Accelerator for New TechLock Icon

Community banks lack the financial and human capital of their larger counterparts to invest in research and development, but they need new technologies all the same. Partnerships with financial technology startups are a practical way to address this need, four of the state’s community bankers told Arkansas Business. read more >
Graduates of the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator mark the end of the program during a demo day at Winrock International's Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. 
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Venture Center, ICBA Mark End of First ThinkTECH Accelerator

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. read more >
Joe Ehrhardt
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Arkansas’ 3E Software Picked for Accelerator

3E Software Inc. of Springdale is one of 10 companies, and the only one from Arkansas, chosen to participate in the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator. read more >
Mimi San Pedro
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Venture Center Names Mimi San Pedro Chief Strategy Officer

The Venture Center has hired Mimi San Pedro as its chief strategy officer. read more >
Representatives of the 10 startups selected for the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator pose for a photo with community leaders following a kickoff event held Wednesday in the Venture Center's office at the Littte Rock Technology Park.
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10 Startups Chosen For Inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator

Ten startups have been selected to participate in the previously announced inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, sponsored by Independent Community Bankers of America and hosted by the Venture Center of Little Rock. read more >
Wayne Miller, Executive Director of the Venture Center
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Venture Center Names Wayne Miller Executive Director

Wayne Miller, managing director of the Venture Center’s FinTech Accelerator, has been named executive director of the Little Rock-based nonprofit. read more >
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Community Bankers Group, Venture Center Launch New Accelerator

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. read more >
Lee Watson, chief innovator and former CEO of the Venture Center of Little Rock
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Lee Watson on Supporting Startups Taking First Steps at Venture Center

Lee Watson with the Venture Center explains what it does, and how entrepreneurs are turning their dreams into businesses. read more >
Paul Singh, a venture capitalist who spoke recently in Little Rock, says he has invested in thousands of startups in 50 countries.
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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. read more >
Executives of startups selected for FIS' and the Venture Center's 2018 Fintech Accelerator pose for a group photo with community leaders, Venture Center staff and others at the kickoff event for the program. 
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FIS, Venture Center Name Fintech Accelerator Participants

Global financial services company FIS of Jacksonville, Florida, and the Venture Center in Little Rock have named the 10 startup companies selected to participate in their 2018 VC FinTech Accelerator program. read more >