Spark growth through mentorship and access to resources.
Spark! is a small business pre-accelerator by The Venture Center, Little Rock Regional Chamber, Arvest Bank and ASBTDC that puts the right people, opportunities, and access in place for local entrepreneurs in Arkansas to grow their venture to the next level.
Spark! empowers entrepreneurs through mentorship, group sessions, expert-led workshops, pitch refinement, and an opportunity to win thousands of dollars in a pitch contest.
Please meet Kissa Kimble, founder of Elite Recruiting! Elite Recruiting matches Class A CDL Drivers with career tractor-trailer opportunities.
Meet Miya Blackmon, co-owner of The Little Rock Lightning! The Little Rock Lightning is a professional basketball team that focuses on providing a professional basketball experience to the Little Rock community, fans, and business partners.
Meet Whitney Gray, founder of Whit’s End! Whit’s End is a professional, KonMari certified organization service!
Meet Soroya Tucker, founder of VLS Waste Solutions. VLS Waste Solutions is a valet trash service provider devoted to a seamless process that benefits our clients and environment.
Meet Ayana Baraka, founder of Edamame Films. Edamame Films produces films by and about disenfranchised communities.
10 Weeks + mentorship + community + connections
Welcome and Onboarding
Intro to Mentorship & Storytelling Workshop
Intro to Pitching
Sales Deep Dive assessment & pitch script review
Marketing Deep Dive assessment & pitch deck review
Sales/Marketing strategy review from deep dives
Global Entrepreneurship Week & Pitch Competition
TBD based on cohort needs
Review Sales, Marketing/engagement strategies
Debrief & Wrap Up!
Turn your idea into a viable business.
Compete to win cash and connections.
Global Entrepreneurship Week removes barriers and welcomes all.
Grow cybersecurity skills and make connections.
Spark growth through mentorships and access to resources.
Join the student collective preparing for entrepreneurship.