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BlueInGreen Partners to Deliver Ozone Disinfection System to City of Fayetteville


Innovate Arkansas client BlueInGreen of Fayetteville has partnered to provide the city of Fayetteville with an ozone disinfection system for wastewater treatment. 

BlueInGreen also is an ASTA client firm.

Story here from The City Wire.

And a sample:

The new ozone disinfection system will feature BlueInGreen’s patented HyDOZ gas dissolution technology, Pinnacle Ozone’s Zenith ozone generator systems, and PCI Gases’ DOCS-500 on-site oxygen generator systems, to provide the industry’s most compact and energy efficient ozone treatment and disinfection solution.

Overall, the system will have the industry’s highest ozone transfer efficiency at over 40% lower energy and operating cost than competing conventional technology.

In 2012, the City of Fayetteville launched a project to further improve the treated water quality from its Noland Wastewater Treatment facility.

As always, keep up the good work, guys.


Video: A Look Back at the ARK Challenge Fall Demo Day


In case you missed it, Arkansas Business has video from last week's ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock. 

The ARK's fall run -- the fourth installment overall and first in central Arkansas -- concluded with Demo Day festivities from the Great Hall of the Clinton Center. The big winner was Spencer Jones and his Jones Innovative Medical Solutions.

Spencer took home $150,000 in additional investment for his innovative blood draw device. (Look for more on Spencer and his venture in the Dec. 1 issue of AB, by the way.)

Little Rock videographer Barry Deere shot video for AB and captured comments and reaction from Spencer and IA director Tom Dalton.

Take a look:

RxResults Growth Featured in Arkansas Business


In case you missed it, Arkansas Business has an update on Innovate Arkansas client frim RxResults in this week's edition.

The Little Rock startup, a UAMS BioVentures alumni firm, plans to add between 20 and 30 jobs in the next 21 months, CEO Tery Baskin told AB.

An excerpt:

“We have been saving employers between 12 percent and 17 percent of their total pharmacy spending,” RxResults CEO and President Tery Baskin said in the news release. “As we look at all the changes that are being contemplated in health care, we decided we needed to have a wider range of products and take advantage of all these changes.”

Coming off a $4 million raise, Baskin said Rx has created its own "tech":  

“We need to continue developing this technology and want to expand our communication processes for patients, physicians and pharmacists,” Baskin said. “This will include our own app. This focus on communication helps patients become more engaged in their own health care choices.” 

 Full story here. Rx site here

Keep up the good work, guys.

The Launch Pad to Host Beer, Brats and Bots in Argenta on Dec. 13


The Launch Pad, the maker space component to the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Argenta Innovation Center, will host a robot competition on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Beers, Brats and Bots will run all day and is open to the public. More info here.

The Launch Pad hosted its first event at the Innovation Center last week with the Arkansas Technology Summit, which brought together many of the state's heavy hitters in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology and university research, and some of the region's top investors. 

Here's more from the Launch Pad on the big event:

A mind-blurring battle of brawn, brains, beauty and brilliance!

Are you brave, bold and bowerful? Ready to test your mad skills in a robot competition? You can be the robot command team! If you have what it takes, then step up and take your place among the gods: sign up your team for Beer, Brats and Bots at The Launch Pad, 201 East Broadway, North Little Rock.

Or watch the action, learn the ropes and celebrate the victors.

Teams of three can register for $50 per team. This fee includes beer and brats, of course, as well as bot training and T-shirts. Teams should arrive at 9 a.m. for robot training and readiness.

Then, the fun begins at noon when we open the doors to the public. Public admission is $10, and includes brats, beer, music and fun. Root beer will be available as well — this is a family-friendly event.

Meet the robots and their pilots. Learn about the CARL Bot's movement and how you can participate. Have some brats, enjoy a beverage, get a chance to play with CARL and learn more about Arduino microcontrollers.

Then, prepare for for the first round of what will prove to be a series of epic battles: Two bots enter, one bot leaves!

The winner will receive a six-month team membership to The Launch Pad.


9 a.m.: Teams arrive
Noon: Public arrives
1 p.m.: Competition starts
3 p.m.: Awards ceremony
4 p.m.: Welcome to The Launch Pad, music, and socializing

Register right here.

Connect Arkansas Launches Internet Initiative for Small Businesses


Connect Arkansas, the nonprofit dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet usage in Arkansas, has launched an initiative to help make sure small businesses and startups in the state have the tools they need to compete in today's digital economy.

Here's more from Connect Arkansas:


Statewide Internet Utilization Study Will Help Drive Strategies and Provide Tools for Arkansas Businesses to Learn About Smarter Internet Usage Techniques

Little Rock, Arkansas – Today, Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, announced an exciting initiative for Arkansas’s small businesses. In conjunction with broadband research firm Strategic Networks Group (SNG), Connect Arkansas is conducting a statewide study among small- and medium-sized (less than 100 employees) businesses to develop strategies to improve Arkansas businesses’ ability to compete in an increasingly digital economy.

Participating businesses will be provided with unique insights and published materials from broadband utilization experts at SNG, as well as be eligible for further assistance in 2015.

Meanwhile, Faulkner county businesses including those in Vilonia and Mayflower – communities that have been ravaged by oil spills and tornadoes in the past 24 months – will receive special assistance in the form of eligibility for the Small Business Growth Program. This program is being piloted to determine if Connect Arkansas will provide this broadband business assistance to other areas of the state.

SNG's Small Business Growth Program helps small businesses understand what meaningful and expanded utilization could mean for their bottom line. Participating businesses in Mayflower and Vilonia will receive invaluable business intelligence in the form of a roadmap to driving revenues and reducing costs. SNG has surveyed tens of thousands of businesses across the nation regarding their Internet use and accompanying financial benefits, which allows SNG to compare how a specific Arkansas business is leveraging broadband's potential in comparison to their peers and competitors. In short – SNG can show these communities’ businesses the specific Internet-based activities they should undertake along with the financial impact of each.

"We've found that small businesses across North America are typically slow to adopt Internet applications," said Doug Adams, vice president of communications for SNG. "Research in more than 10 states shows us time and again that small businesses either don't understand how Internet applications are relevant to their business or lack the will to take the time to deploy them. We are thrilled to be able to provide Arkansas and specific communities the tools to understand how Internet practices can help them compete and thrive in today’s economy."

"We see this program as being incredibly beneficial for our local businesses," said Sam Walls III, president of Connect Arkansas. "We will be able to uncover where businesses are today with regards to capitalizing on the Internet’s potential and develop strategies for our businesses to be more competitive. The additional opportunity to help Vilonia and Mayflower recover from some natural disaster setbacks makes this an even more exciting undertaking."

About Connect Arkansas

Connect Arkansas, a project of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group and established in 2007, is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and sustaining Internet adoption throughout Arkansas. The Connect Arkansas Broadband Act was signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe on March 28, 2007, with the goal of improving personal lives and creating economic opportunity for Arkansans. Act 604 of the 2007 Arkansas General Assembly states that Connect Arkansas’s mission is to “prepare the people and businesses of Arkansas to secure the economic, educational, health, social and other benefits available via broadband use.” Connect Arkansas seeks to advance that goal through community-based initiatives. To learn more, visit

About Strategic Networks Group (SNG)

Focused on economic advancement through broadband utilization, SNG is a group of broadband economists who develop strategies for most effectively leveraging broadband investments. SNG addresses broadband utilization from the individual organization level all the way up to working with more than 10 ten states across the United States. SNG looks to help make the most broad-reaching and transformational impacts that broadband can bring to enable businesses, communities and regions by delivering the data and analysis decision makers need to maximize broadband’s potential. Learn more about SNG at

Swimming in a Sea of Data: David Cooper of Transactional Insights


IA adviser Jeff Amerine welcomes David Cooper of Transactional Insights to talk retail math in this week's Swimming in a Sea of Data, the popular segment that's part of 8th & Walton's Saturday Morning Meeting show.

Plus, 8th & Walton welcomes Chuck Hyde of The Soderquist Center and Brian Baldwin of Acosta Sales & Marketing to talk about a program called Amplify Effect, a unique and rewarding way suppliers can get involved in the community.

Jeff's Swimming segment begins at about the 4:40 mark. As always, good stuff. 

Saturday Morning Meeting airs on KNWA in northwest Arkansas Saturday mornings at 6:30, on the 8th & Walton YouTube channel, and of course, right here in the INOV8 blog.


The Week Ahead: Innovate 2 Educate, 1 Million Cups


Admittedly, a slow week in the Arkansas techpreneur world as the state catches its breath from ARK Challenge IV Demo Day, the Arkansas Technology Summit, Arkansas Startup Week, and of course, this.

Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas. Population 70,000 (or so) and one Golden Boot

Anyway, basking in the glory that is startup ecosystem momentum and a new winning streak, here's a look at the week ahead in central Arkansas:

  • The AVC's Pre-Flight program resumes Monday night from the Little Rock Chamber. More info on Pre-Flight here.
  • 1 Million Cups, another weekly program held at the Chamber, resumes Wednesday at 9. This week's presenters are bfonics and Big Piph. More here.
  • Friday brings us a treat -- Innovate 2 Educate from the students of Noble Impact. I2E goes down at 9:30 from the ARK space in downtown Little Rock where the kids will present their ideas about how to change and innovate Arkansas' education system. Good stuff in store...

As always, check out Arkansas Startup Digest for a look at techpreneur-related events in the state. Have a good week, yall. 

A Look at AB Coverage of ARK Demo Day, Tech Summit, More


It's been a busy week in central Arkansas with Arkansas Startup Week events, the ARK Challenge's Demo Day and the Arkansas Technology Summit contributing to make it seem like an extended holiday for techpreneurs.

Plus, in NWA, NanoMech scheduled the grand opening for its impressive new HQ exopansion and another IA firm, NanoWatt Design, received a $100,000 grant from ASTA to commercialize its potentially revolutionary SCL technology.

Arkansas Business had coverage of Demo Day and Spencer Jones' big win. Jones' BVAD device may change the way patients receive IVs and blood draws. A sample:

Spencer Jones, a surgical nurse resident at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, won an investment round of $150,000 for his innovative blood-draw device Wednesday at the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock.

Held at the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, Demo Day was the culmination of the fall 2014 installment of the three-month ARK Challenge accelerator. On Wednesday, participating teams presented their startup ventures and revealed progress made over the course of the startup "boot camp."

Jones launched his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, to develop his patent-pending device — the Bifurcated Venous Access Device (BVAD) — targeted initially for diabetics who receive multiple blood draws and finger pricks during hospital stays. The idea came to him while treating patients at St. Vincent.

Full story here.

Plus, AB has coiverage from the afternoon session of Thursday's Arkansas Technology Summit, hosted by the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub at its Argenta Innovation Center.

An excerpt:

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.

Startups looking for funding need to adequately communicate a vision and convince potential investors they can realize that vision, they said. Detailed business plans with 100 pages of speculation...not so much.

Many of the state's heavy hitters in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology and university research participated in the summit...

Full story here.


NanoMech Schedules Grand Opening of Expanded HQ for Nov. 21


IA client NanoMech of Springdale began work on a $10 million expansion of its global headquarters back in March. 

The project entails a new 29,000-SF building to adjoin its existing facility on an expanded 9-acre campus. On Friday, Nov. 21, NanoMech will host an official grand opening ceremony that will include Gov. Mike Beebe, AEDC director Grant Tennille and Reuben Sarkar of the U.S. Department of Energy.

NanoMech, recognized last year with a prestigious R&D 100 award, manufactures nanomaterials-based products such as nGlide, used for machine lubrication, and TuffTek, a coating used for heavy-duty cutting tools. 

Here's more from NanoMech:

NanoMech, Inc. to Hold Grand Opening for New World-Wide Headquarters


NanoMech, Inc. will hold a grand opening for its new world-wide headquarters located in Springdale, Arkansas. This new facility and laboratory is over 29,000 square feet and will triple the size of current production allowing NanoMech, Inc. to meet the current  demands for their products.


Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
Grant Tennille, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Reuben Sarkar, Dept. Asst. Secretary for Transportation, Department of Energy


Friday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.


NanoMech, Inc., 2447 Technology Way, Springdale, Ark.

ARK Challenge Demo Day, Arkansas Technology Summit Set to Roll


Arkansas Startup Week rages in central Arkansas, and two huge components to it commence Wednesday.

The ARK Challenge's Demo Day for its fall installment begins at 1 from the Clinton Center's Great Hall, and it'll be followed by an opening reception for the Arkansas Technology Summit from 5-7.

The Summit continues all day Thursday from the Argenta Innovation Center.

Here's more on Demo Day, which will feature presentations from seven startups selected to compete for $150,000.

And here's more on the Technology Summit, organized by the state's major research universities, which will showcase 20 tech startups borne of university research in Arkansas.

See the full Startup Week agenda from Startup Arkansas here

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