Lift the Rock

Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Startup Community + Business Community = Next Stage of Growth.

This high-impact networking program focuses integrating the entrepreneurial and business community in Little Rock.


Pitch 'N Pint

Fall, 2016

Fun. High-Energy. Engaging. 

Pitch 'N Pint is a 60-second pitch competition for early stage ideas.

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Jolt Hackathons

Spring, 2017

JOLT provides the important cross between the development of soft skills such as communication, leadership and collaboration as well as real-world, technical hard skills.

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2 Days to Startup


Experience entrepreneurism like you never have before--in one ramped-up, amped-up, charged-up weekend.

2 Days can change everything.

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Held Monthly

Little Rock's premier networking event. Catalyst is an invitation-only, carefully-curated event, designed to help our members build connections with community leaders, ecosystem influencers, and others. 

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A technical speaker series featuring trends, emerging technologies and technical insights from leading experts. 

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A fireside chat series featuring successful business founders followed by Q&A.

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Pre-Accelerator I Program
The Venture Center’s Pre-Accelerator I begins the Cultivation Stage of our process. It is a 14-week systematic, progressive program, which guides the new business startup founder through the process of recognizing and challenging assumptions, ensuring product/market fit, identifying unique value proposition (UVP) and beginning to craft a minimum viable product (MVP). The primary goal of this course is to help the startup founder validate business model assumptions, pivot or “fail fast.” This process establishes a foundation on which to build momentum with an eye toward growth. 

Pre-Accelerator II Program
Following the initial pre-acceleration period, the new startup moves into an intense and process-driven time of business development. During this “launch” stage, the new company seeks to gain traction through customer acquisition, to build momentum through sales and to de- risk the product, the market and the team in preparation for investor due diligence. 




VC FinTech Accelerator
Leveraging our collaboration with FIS, the world’s financial technology services juggernaut, is a competitive advantage you won’t get with any other FinTech accelerator. We are the only acceleration program in the world that guarantees access to FIS C-Suite leadership and the opportunity to plug into its global business network. Learn More


Several times throughout the year, we work with our corporate partners like IBM Bluemix to offer high-level, technical training programs/workshops for our membership and community members enrolled in our programs.

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The starting point for any serious business founder, The Venture Center's Pre-Accelerator is a 12-week, intense business bootcamp in which  participants create a minimum viable product and gain customer validation, accelerating their path to viability.