Third Cohort of The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator Graduates

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The third cohort of The Venture Center's popular Pre-Accelerator course graduated tonight.  Final teams were selected to presented in a pitch day showcase to an invite-only crowd of business and community members.

Following the pitch day event, attendees enjoyed a casual holiday cocktail hour with beer provided by local favorite, Lost Forty Brewing and a delicious holiday sangria.

About the Third Pre-Accelerator Cohort

The course began with nineteen early-stage ideas. Over the course of the last three months, the class was narrowed down to eight solid ideas. The final teams of the cohort pitched before a panel of expert and investor judges. 

DSS
Drone Survey Solutions is an agricultural solution that decreases crop loss through the use of UAV's (drones). This company began as a group project at UALR.

Cart Delivered
Offering "Store to Door" grocery delivery, Cart Delivered seeks to tap into the sharing economy for delivery to offer a less expensive, leaner and more transparent model for a service that has been proven.

Local
"Connecting You to Everything Local" Local Magazine provides cost effective advertising to local communities and is looking to franchise to scale their already-profitable business.

RampUp
This established business makes "new employees productive--fast!" This team has an established business and decades of experience but is working to scale their business of mentorship for new employees in small and medium-sized businesses.

JTS Books
This is a lifestyle business that began by the founder buying and reselling text books while he was pursuing his own degree. The business helps students understand the value of their books as they rent/resell them.

Grounded Feat
Grounded Feat is a faith-based brand that pivoted from one product idea and is seeking to scale into a full brand with multiple product lines of faith-based products that are neither "cheesy nor preachy".

Desk Agent
This is another established and profitable company that has built a system to integrate all the technology applications a business uses to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Desk Agent is growing and scaling the business.

RaftUp
RaftUp connects boaters and marinas via an application that offers SOS services, point of interest services, activities and social networking services.

About the Pre-Accelerator

The Venture Center’s Pre-Accelerator is the first step toward viability for early-stage companies. The objective is to move quickly from startup idea to business through customer validation.  The Pre-Accelerator lays the framework for early-stage entrepreneurs to learn the skills of executing on their idea.

This program is an intense, 14-week curriculum that guides new entrepreneurs through the process of developing a minimum viable product (MVP), testing assumptions, and gaining customer validation.

The program is held twice a year--in the Spring and Fall--every Monday night from 6-9 p.m. In addition to curriculum classes, the Pre-Accelerator cohort has access to unique networking opportunities and targeted mentorship to help them move their businesses forward dramatically.

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