In its eighth year, the competition pits the top two winners in graduate and undergraduate divisions from state events in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nevada. Kordate, which is developing a therapeutic drug for Alzheimer's disease, finished second in the Arkansas Governor's Cup to Agricultural Innovations of Arkansas State University.
Jeff Amerine, an IA adviser and founder of Startup Junkie Consulting in Fayetteville, told a gathering of the state's entrepreneurship and innovation movers and shakers Thursday that an "open innovation" model can work for Arkansas.
Both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature have advanced proposals to move several smaller state agencies into larger ones.
John James, the Acumen Brands founder who now focuses most of his time on launching Hayseed Ventures in Fayetteville, has a vision for the historic Old Post Office building that anchors the Fayetteville downtown square.