Venture Center Hosts Arkansas Association of Black Professionals

Thursday night, the Venture Center hosted a joint mixer with the Arkansas Association of Black Professionals. 

Nearly 30 business professionals from across the City converged on the Venture Center to learn more about the Center's resources and programs. 

Photo Courtesy the AABP Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy the AABP Facebook Page

In order to foster true innovation, our community must be as broad and inclusive as possible. Entrepreneurism at its most fundamental is problem solving. If our community engages people with the widest swath of possible experience and backgrounds, then the solutions that are developed will automatically be more innovative.

The Venture Center sees engagement as the first step in bridging the opportunity gap that exists for women and minorities when it comes to access to capital. The event included a brief discussion with Steve Rice, the Venture Center's communications director. Attendees learned about the vision and mission of the Venture Center and how to best engage with the Center. Participants learned about how to pursue mentorship with the Venture Center's Mentor Network.

Afterward, Venture Center members, mentors, participants of the VC FinTech Accelerator and the AABP shared drinks and a time of networking.