The Venture Center Names Tech Innovation Veteran Arthur Orduña as Executive Director

Posted on January 12, 2023
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The Venture Center Names Tech Innovation Veteran Arthur Orduña
as Executive Director

Appointment marks new forward-focused leadership for the Arkansas-based and globally recognized entrepreneurial support organization


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 12, 2023) — Following a national search, The Venture Center board of directors has unanimously appointed Arthur Orduña as the organization’s next executive director. He will guide and facilitate the organization’s growth, strategic direction and world-class corporate innovation and entrepreneurship programs including its award-winning fintech program.  The appointment is effective January 16, 2023. 


Orduña brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience developing innovative technology products and strategic partnerships across diverse industries and launching disruptive new services for entities ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 public companies. He most recently served as chief innovation officer for Little Rock investment firm Circumference Group, facilitating engagement with entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders in the early-stage technology ecosystem.


“Arthur’s global experience, knowledge, contacts and abilities will lead The Venture Center into the next phase of growth and build our world-class programs for entrepreneurs here in Arkansas and around the globe,” said Dr. James Hendren, chairman of the board. “As he joins us in a full-time capacity in his new role with the Venture Center, he will continue to support Circumference Group empowering both entities to share resources and network connections.” 


“The Venture Center spent the last nine years building an incredible springboard for entrepreneurial pursuits,” said Orduña. “I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the organization’s role in forging long-lasting and high-impact relationships to build a culture of innovation here in Arkansas and beyond, and I’m confident our next growth phase will build upon Arkansas’s reputation as a tech hub with a dynamic future.” 


Since its inception, The Venture Center has inspired social and economic change in Arkansas and around the globe, focusing on education, collaboration, and acceleration within the startup ecosystem. It has a proven track record of leveraging experience and a global network to help clients rapidly navigate changes at the speed of market demands.




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.  Learn more at Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter(@VentureCenter), and Instagram.