The Venture Center, Little Rock Regional Chamber, and Local Businesses Kickoff Inaugural Spark! Pre-Accelerator 

Posted on September 18, 2019
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The Venture Center, Little Rock Regional Chamber, and Local Businesses Kickoff Inaugural Spark! Pre-Accelerator 

The Spark! Pre-Accelerator Cohort Moves Into Free Office Space in The Venture Center


Key Facts about Spark!

·      Each company receives free office space and office perks in The Venture Center

·      Each company has an Annual Recurring Revenue of at least $50,000

·      Each company will participate in a 14-week mentorship bootcamp designed by The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. September 18, 2019– The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber today announced the inaugural Spark! Cohort at a kickoff ceremony held at The Venture Center.  Spark! is a pre-accelerator program offering free office space in The Venture Center, while providing mentorship and training to launch the cohort’s businesses to the next level of growth.

The Inaugural Spark! Companies are:

·       Cyclone Technology, Founded by Andrew Ross and Phil Baxter.

·       Idestini, Founded by Abby Sims

·       Readthelabl, Founded by Kent Wood.

·       Listing Village, Founded by Matthew Young

·       SYI Construction Company, Founded by Katrina Smith

·       Apex Dental Education, Founded by Rachael Linebarier. 

The Spark! cohort will benefit from a 14-week pre-accelerator program with local subject matter experts leading a curriculum encompassing all areas of business growth and development ranging from business pitches and media to legal/IP and funding. 

 “We have six incredible companies setting up to work with us over the next 14 weeks, and we are excited to see how their leadership skills grow,” said Wayne Miller, Executive Director of The Venture Center. “With our partners at the Little Rock Regional Chamber, Spark! is set to offer these central Arkansas businesses a world-class pre-accelerator experience.”

“Little Rock is rich with learning and mentorship opportunities for entrepreneurs,” said Jay Chesshir, President & CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber. “The companies participating in Spark! have great potential and are uniquely driven to grow their businesses. Working with The Venture Center and Spark! cohort to enrich our small business ecosystem is exciting for Little Rock’s future.”

To keep up with the Spark! cohort, check their progress and their stories at

About The Venture Center

The Venture Center is a globally recognized Arkansas based Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their start-ups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging 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 Arkansas and beyond. 

About The Little Rock Regional Chamber 

The Little Rock Regional Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization responsible for fostering the economic growth and development of the Little Rock region to ensure that business and industry may operate profitably and enhance the earning opportunities and quality of life for every citizen.