What Is Lift the Rock?

Lift the Rock is a weekly program attended by local movers and shakers that educates and inspires action by exploring important local and industry topics in an interactive, storytelling format. This program brings together bright minds to challenge the entrepreneurial and business community in tackling some of the biggest issues in the region and various industries with the goal of creating positive change and accelerating the business community.

Each week we dive deep into a quarterly theme through the lens of technology, business, art and design, science or philanthropy. Follow us on Facebook to find out who's speaking next!

  • Sustainability: April - June
  • Connection: July - September
  • Transparency: October - December
  • Evolution: January - March 2019


We want to foster connections and learning to provoke conversations that change the Little Rock landscape. We also feature growing startups from time to time to integrate them with the established business community in Central Arkansas.

With doors opening for coffee Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM and the program starting promptly at 9:00 AM, Lift the Rock answers the question: What next?

I want to thank The Venture Center for giving me the opportunity to pitch our big idea on retirement savings. They had a room full of entrepreneurs and business owners who were generous with their time and eager to help vision how we can succeed in getting our idea in front of large companies. I didn’t imagine that such an organization existed. Even walking into the Tech Park I felt wrapped in the energy of ideas getting fostered and launched. What a mission.

Parking was great. Incredible presentation space. More importantly, the details mattered. The program was timely, well thought through and the referral cards at the end were ingenious. When you sent that email with the referral cards before lunch I was floored.

Talk about underpromising and overdelivering. I had no idea what I was getting. You have a dedicated fan.
— Sarah Catherine Gutierrez, Aptus Financial
Lift the Rock is a great opportunity to bring together local, rapid-growth companies and marry their products or services into our broader business community on a weekly basis.
— Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock
This program is a strategic play to build connections that lead to real sales and foster relationships leading to the long-term growth and health of our startup and business communities.
— Lee Watson, President & CEO - The Venture Center