G60 Argenta marked the pitch competition’s return to central Arkansas last month. Winners from the event that drew a lively crowd to Argenta were PBX (an IA client) and Arganics.
Here’s coverage from Arkansas Business:
And here’s video with footage of Mike Smith of Innovate Arkansas, Keith Hoelzeman of IA client Treatsie and Startup Lawyer and emcee Jamie Fugitt.
Posted in Entrepreneurs
on November 18th, 2013
One of Josh Moody’s home boys.
Are entrepreneurs getting even younger? And smarter? The answer, perhaps, is yes. (Why did this just spring to mind?)
This week’s Links brings you a look at an emerging subculture within the Arkansas startup ecosystem plus looks ahead at Startup Weekend, the ARK’s Sales & Finance Summit and Global Entrepreneurship Week in Little Rock.
Have a good weekend, and enjoy…
The organizers of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Little Rock are hoping to see at least 500 folks turn out for next week’s events.
Mike Steely of the Arkansas Venture Center, a new accelerator starting up in Little Rock (more on it later), said organizers want to set a new local record with at least 500 people at next week’s events that will play out over five nights. Each night’s activities will be hosted by Startup Arkansas, the Argenta Innovation Center or the AVC in the greater downtown Little Rock area.
Check out the full schedule here. GEW runs Monday through Friday next week, and all events are free. (A programming note: Julie Lenzer Kirk of the Maryland Center of Entrepreneurship will replace Nikka Umil of IA’s own Sooligan on Monday’s Women Founders panel. A conflict arose and Nikka won’t be able to make it. Well, poop…but welcome, Julie.)
Startup Arkansas is behind GEW in central Arkansas, and sponsors are AEAF and Create Little Rock. Steely says GEW events are planned for NWA and northeast Arkansas as well.
“GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It’s a platform for connection and collaboration — engaging all players along the entrepreneurial spectrum,” he said. “Embrace your inner entrepreneur, come learn, connect and celebrate with the startup crowd. A fun and informative time is guaranteed.”
We’re pretty sure he wasn’t just talking about the founders party set for the Rev Room in the River Market on Friday night, either.
Again, check out the full schedule, get more info and register here. Or, you can contact Mike at 501-438-9767 or email@example.com.
So, come on everybody. Let’s stand up and call…..those…..startups.
Noble Impact’s Chad Williamson will lead a group of eStem High School students to Fayetteville on Friday for Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas.
Williamson teaches a Noble Impact course at Little Rock’s eStem, a public charter located downtown. Between Noble Impact, the YES programs at AEAF and the success of ARK Challenge winner Josh Moody of Overwatch, youth entrepreneurship seems to be catching on in Arkansas.
Williamson’s contingent at SW will include students who are coming to win and students who are coming to support their peers, soak up the experience and learn.
“These are great kids — smart and capable of achieving great things,” he said. “Our Noble Impact course at eStem provides them with tools to make good on a public service mindset and an entrepreneurship skill set. It’s our responsibility to assist them in the process and provide them with knowledge that will guide their efforts. They already want to make an impact, we’re just here to provide the tools in order for them to take part in real world learning opportunities.”
More from Chad and his students:
About Startup Weekend…from our students (common theme = opportunity!):
Alex Harris (Sophomore) – “I feel that it’s going to be a good opportunity to show that high schoolers do have that business mind and that they are more mature than a lot of people take them to be.
Jadon Barnes (Sophomore) – “I think it will be more challenging because there will be more people like me in regards to coding and developing. It’s a chance to be competitive in the real world and also a chance to network with people that have similar interests.”
Sydney Brazil (Sophomore) – “Going and meeting new people is an opportunity in itself and I think we’ll all be sleep deprived so ideas will be flowing. The time constraint will also make us focus.”
Ashayla Burnett (Junior) – “It’s an opportunity to grow as a person…being involved at a young age opens opportunities.”