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 focuses on education, collaboration, and acceleration within the startup ecosystem. To fuel innovation, we partner with entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, government agencies, non-profits, venture funds, service providers, program alumni and other organizations in the community.

Educate.

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.

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 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.

Chris Cline| Senior VP & Group Executive, 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

 

The Venture Center Office