FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Venture Center Announces Pre-Accelerator Pitch Day

Little Rock, Ark.  -– The Venture Center today released the date of its Pre-Accelerator Pitch Day, the showcase for companies that have successfully completed the Spring 2018 Pre-Accelerator program.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Little Rock Tech Park on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The pitches include:

  • Jim Markus with Ambit: Ambit takes remote care of the elderly into the 21st Century which allows people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to stay at home longer.
  • Christal Dixon with Retail Mechanics: Retail Mechanics is a sales, consulting and account management service company dedicated to bridging the gap for manufacturers and Walmart entities. They strategically align suppliers for long-term business growth by eliminating cost from the supply chain and properly onboarding a new or existing full-service team. Their vast experience of internal Walmart processes and manufacturing constraints has enabled them to successfully launch five new product lines and save existing suppliers over $5 million in the last three years.

  • Kareem Moody with Big Homie Project: The Big Homie Project uses a technology platform to game-ify mentoring and puts the power of impacting young people in the palm of your hands.

  • Teddy Skokos and Tracie Ward with StoryWise: StoryWise is an innovative, digital platform to help you remember and capture meaningful life stories anywhere, anytime. Intuitive technology and prompts guide you to discover wisdom and values embedded within your stories and privately share them with loved ones. This fun and inspirational programming deepens family relationships and creates meaningful experiences. The company is now bringing this exciting product directly to consumers through affordable, accessible and engaging technology.

  • Kristen Oleszkiewicz, Matt Oleszkiewicz and Richard Morgan with Trivia Woo: Trivia Woo is the NextGen mobile and online dating platform deploying artificial intelligence to gamify matchmaking in the millennial, digital-native world. Trivia Woo empowers single clients to customize their matchmaking experience by selecting their interests from their preference board and verify their potential matches’ shared interests via trivia. Trivia Woo is the ultimate BFF, wingman/wingwoman, and concierge service rolled into one fun, intuitive and evolving platform supported by dynamic advertising.

About The Venture Center’s Pre-Accelerator

The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator is a 12-week business bootcamp held in the spring and fall in which participants create a minimum viable product, gain customer validation and accelerate their path to viability.

Instructors of the program are serial entrepreneurs and industry experts with a wide variety of experience. In addition to the weekly seminar, participants receive guided support and supplementary mentoring and instruction covering targeted areas of business development.

Experts, investors and trainers help the startup founders hone their investor pitches. The Spring 2018 Pre-Accelerator was facilitated by Scott Shellabarger, a Venture Center mentor and a leader in innovation and IT who has worked for Acxiom and NovaSys Health and is currently the CEO of Csurgeries, a site for peer-reviewed online surgical videos.

The program culminates in an opportunity for participants to pitch their idea or company before a gathering of local business leaders at the Pre-Accelerator Pitch Day.

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About The Venture Center

The Venture Center is Little Rock, Arkansas-based entrepreneur support organization that helps startups become viable, high-growth businesses. With the expertise of a world class team of mentors, intensive programming and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Central Arkansas and beyond. In the first three years, The Venture Center’s member companies have created more than 445 jobs, generated $28 million in revenue and have raised a combined $39 million in capital. For more information, visit

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Laura Waliski, 501.404.9875
Marketing Manager
The Venture Center