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Located in the heart of the creative corridor.

Our team has developed an extensive network of people, programs and resources to help early-stage companies refine their business models, create products that are market-ready and ultimately connect to potential customers and investors. The Venture Center’s mission is to inspire social and economic change in Arkansas.

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Educate.

We believe the cornerstone of any successful venture is education. Our team of mentors and industry-experts are committed to providing quality training and resources for building sustainable companies of all sizes. VC workshops and seminars allow professionals, founders and those with new business ideas to build skills according to their unique focus, enhancing their professional toolkit by staying informed of current best practices and proven methods for advancing their goals and objectives while enhancing investability.


Collaborate.

Leveraging our large network of mentors, universities, government economic development organizations, and corporate partners, we create an environment that is conducive to galvanizing the growth of early-stage companies by enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas across the globe to help start-ups launch and fortune 500 companies innovate effectively.


Accelerate.

We work with a variety of corporate entities to help them solve problems where technology is pivotal in their quest to better serve their stakeholders.  The Venture Centers immersive accelerator programs are designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies and help them validate their solutions for real-world problems. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity to connect with C-level suite global executives, receive seed investment and learn from a comprehensive curriculum that will aid in strategically addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges, our accelerator programs are unlike any other in the country.

 

Team

 
Wayne Miller, Executive Director

Wayne Miller, Executive Director

Mimi San Pedro, Chief Strategy Officer

Mimi San Pedro, Chief Strategy Officer

Brian Bauer, Managing Director, Fintech Accelerators

Brian Bauer, Managing Director, Fintech Accelerators

Daniel Schutte, Program Manager, Fintech Accelerators

Daniel Schutte, Program Manager, Fintech Accelerators

Ashley Jones, Program Manager, Community Programs

Ashley Jones, Program Manager, Community Programs

Nora Hellmers, Logistics Coordinator

Nora Hellmers, Logistics Coordinator

Collins Andrews, FIS Executive in Residence

Collins Andrews, FIS Executive in Residence

 

Board of Directors

 

Jay Chesshir | CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Jim Womble | EVP Business Development, PrivacyStar

Bill Yoder | CEO, Watch House International

John Haley | President, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Circumference Group

James Hendren | Chairman of the Board, The Venture Center

Ray Dillon | Philanthropist & Retired CEO, Deltic Timber Corp.

Chris Cline| Senior VP & Group Executive, FIS

Millie Ward | President, Stone Ward

 
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 our network

Annual partners enable the Venture Center to provide access to meetups, classes, networking opportunities, and high-profile events for hundreds of entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and more each year.

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Let’s Connect.

Submit your questions using this form, reach out to us on social, or give us a call at 501.404.9875.

 

Attend an Event

We work with a variety of corporate partners to offer workforce development programs and workshops for the professional community of Little Rock. Check out our upcoming events.

Host an Event

The Venture Center is the place where the professional community comes together to learn and connect. Host your meetup, class, hackathon, pitch session, roundtable, book signing, panel discussion or happy hour at our space on 6th.

Bring Your VIP’s + Groups

A tour of the Venture Center is a required stop for any groups or dignitaries visiting Little Rock. Be inspired by innovation. Take a look at some of the groups that have visited us recently.

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Visit for Some Innovation Inspiration.

The Venture Center is located in the heart of Little Rock’s creative corridor at the Little Rock Technology Park, the junction of science, knowledge, data, research, technology and investment.

417 Main Street, 6th Floor

Little Rock, AR 72201

Open Elevator Policy

Our doors are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Appointments aren’t necessary.

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