Arkansas is very fortunate to have an organization like IA to foster the development of its early stage, tech-based companies. To date, IA's experienced consultants have assisted Orlumet in so many ways, from strengthening our business strategy to connecting us with all the right people... I strongly believe that through its support, IA will contribute greatly to the long-run economic growth of Arkansas.
Innovate Arkansas, what can I say but thank you for everything. The resources placed at my fingertips have been priceless. I consider it an honor to have been selected as a client. In the amount of time spent with IA, my company has progressed to a whole new level of planning for the future. I have been introduced to several professional groups that I plan on using to gain an advantage in my industry. Without IA, my company would not have had access to the people needed for funding and marketing that we desperately needed to survive in such a competitive market.
CollegeTokens.com has benefited tremendously from Innovate Arkansas in more ways than I could have imagined when we first heard about it. Networking with potential investors, business strategy consultanting, and general advice from experienced business leaders are some of the benefits we have received through Innovate Arkansas the past year. I highly recommend businesses check out Innovate Arkansas and all it has to offer.Kelvin Stroud [CollegeTokens.com]
Innovate Arkansas inspires us. It lets us know that entrepreneurship can happen anywhere. They connect us with venture capitalists and grants, and they make sure MeritBuilder can fourish here in Arkansas.Dustin Henderson [MeritBuilder]
Innovate Arkansas has been a great resource. They really understand the challenges that face small companies, their guys know finance and how markets function, and that has improved our presentations to investors.Tim Miller [SUMOTEXT]
Innovate Arkansas has helped us develop our story and helped give us exposure in the marketplace. They do a great job of taking you from an idea to a product that can actually be sold in the market.Jeff Burton [AgRobotics]
Innovate Arkansas has proven to be a tremendous resource for EquityNet in helping us to refine our product development roadmap, product placement and related marketing. The breadth of expertise at Innovate Arkansas and a responsive attitude has enabled EquityNet to achieve real, tangible results in a relatively short amount of time.Judd Hollas [EquityNet, LLC]
As an economic developer and entrepreneur, I was pleased when I learned that Arkansas was establishing Innovate Arkansas with a mission similar to successful programs such as i2E in Oklahoma. The efficiency with which Winrock has ramped up the program is impressive, and I am honored that Balm Innovations has been selected as a client company. We look forward to tapping into the expertise of the Innovate Arkansas staff as we expand the Omnibalm product line and distribution throughout the U.S. and internationally.
It's all networking. It's like being invited to the party with all the right movers and shakers. Most companies wait years to get where we’re at, and we’ve done it in three or four months.Brant Collins [Station X]
I'm extremely excited about the idea of Innovate Arkansas. I think that what they're doing is absolutely needed, and it's something that, looking back, I wish I'd had when I started. I think it's going to be wonderful for the state and for new business ventures. Most people who start a business – especially if you're a technical entrepreneur – have to learn the hard way a lot of the basic facts about getting a business started. I think they can provide that help to a lot of young companies.Keith Henkel [Insight Ecosystems]
We feel like it's going to be a very good program and that they have so much to offer. We've got a product with a patent pending on the technology, and we've identified a great need for the product. We're at the point now where we're ready to commercialize that product. We contacted Innovate Arkansas to get assistance wih the commercialization process – marketing, advertising, raising capital – to take it to the next step.Stacey McPherson [Izon, A.M.S.]
Just having someone there so you're not alone, it keeps you on track. They've offered all kinds of assistance in trying to make this thing a viable business. They're doing things that are going to make it easier for this company to succeed and, of course, save time. In addition to the emotional support, it's going to cost me less to get into business. When I first met with Innovate Arkansas, I had the technology working, and now I have it ready to use.Brian Stack [Unityware]
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has named Paula Casey as its interim vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school.
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro is set to implement a program this fall that will require all freshmen to use an iPad as part of a first-year experience course called "Making Connections."
Innovate Arkansas client Movista was born in the MBA program at the University of Arkansas Walton Business College, but when it came time to put down permanent roots, co-founders April Seggebruch and Stan Zylowski chose a house just off the square in downtown Bentonville.
While he supports enterprises and technologies that embrace sustainability and renewable energy as president and CEO of BlueInGreen LLC, Clete Brewer is first and foremost about the business side.