The Venture Center Joins the Startup Federation

The Venture Center announced today that it has joined the Startup Federation, a global network of the world’s top entrepreneur centers. Members of The Venture Center can now gain access to co-working space, resources, mentorship and connections to capital around the world through the power of this important collaboration.

Membership in the Federation provides the opportunity to expand the impact that the Venture Center has already created since it was founded.

In our first year, The Venture Center has supported the creation of 53 jobs, 41 active startups and $1.5 Million of investment capital in our member companies. We are thrilled to continue this growth with an invitation to join Startup Federation and provide our members with access to a global network of the top incubator programs.

-Lee Watson, President & CEO of The Venture Center

The Startup Federation is based on the premise that collaboration among startup ecosystems and among startups is a net benefit for the global economy and for innovation.

"As startup communities have emerged all around the world, there is enormous potential in getting the cities and top tier startup hubs collaborating," said Donna Harris Co-founder and Co-CEO of 1776.

Startup Federation members are building global density and creating an ecosystem that transcends geographic boundaries.By connecting and cultivating thriving ecosystems that have similar methods and practices, startups can more easily engage globally and take advantage of what different cities have to offer in terms of resources, talent, and connections.

The Venture Center is committed to building strong, viable and investable businesses in Arkansas.

I’ve enjoyed watching The Venture Center emerge from an idea to become a major influence in helping Arkansas startups scale.

-Donna Harris, Co-founder and Co-CEO of 1776

The ability to create strong scalable businesses is a powerful tool for attracting and retaining top technical and professional talent. We believe that this is one way to create verifiable, long-term economic impact in Central Arkansas and across the State.

Our membership in the Startup Federation strengthens the hand of our member companies by leveraging the resources and connections of the Federation in cities around the globe. It also broadens the global impact that the Venture Center can make as we march toward the future.