Innovation Happens Here

We inspire social and economic change in Arkansas and around the world.

We inspire social and economic change in Arkansas and around the world.

The Venture Center is an entrepreneur support organization that helps startups become viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world-class team of mentors, intensive programming, and introductions to the investor community, The VC serves as an engine for economic growth in Central Arkansas and beyond.

The Venture Center is the home of the award-winning FIS Fintech Accelerator. Get involved with us! Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all the happenings.


The cornerstone of any successful venture is education. Our team of mentors and industry experts is committed to providing quality training and resources to build 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.


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.


We work with a variety of corporate entities to help them solve problems where technology is pivotal in their quest to better serve their stakeholder. Our immersive accelerators bring market-validated solutions to our clients, fueling innovation and accelerating go-to-market strategies for growth-stage companies participating in our programs. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity to connect with C-suite level global executives and decision-makers and learn from a comprehensive curriculum addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges. Our accelerator programs are unlike any other in the country.

Our Board of Directors

James Hendren | Chairman of the Board, The Venture Center

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

Mike O’Malley| Executive In Residence, FIS

Millie Ward | President, Stone Ward

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

Collins Andrews | FIS Executive in Residence


Help Support The Venture Center

The Venture Center is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in Arkansas. Every dollar contributed to support our mission funds innovative community programs equipping budding entrepreneurs with the tools they need to successfully grow their businesses. No contribution is too small. We are grateful for your support!


Find Your CREW


VC Crew is our exclusive group of volunteers, supporters, and friends of the Venture Center. By helping out at our events, and spreading the word about upcoming events and seminars, VC Crew members gain access to our space for meetings, amenities, and exclusive networking opportunities every quarter. VC Crew members will also get special shoutouts, recognition, and opportunities to be featured in our newsletters and digital platforms, just for being at our events!

Where do I Park at The Venture Center?

We’re in the heart of downtown Little Rock and we want you to be here in-person for our free community events. But we know you have one burning question on your mind…”where do I park?”

The Venture Center Office