We develop entrepreneurs, propel them toward success, and accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures.
We do this through:
We believe that Arkansas's prosperity is intrinsically linked to investment in entrepreneurship and a forward-focused workforce.
The Venture Center is the place where our community gathers to learn, connect, and create epic companies in Little Rock...and beyond.
In 2013, Fast Company released a study ranking the states by innovation. Arkansas ranked 37th. Another study ranked Arkansas 45th for entrepreneurship. In 2013, a group of entrepreneurs and leaders within the business community set out to establish a program to accelerate the growth of technology based startups and to increase the level of technical talent in central Arkansas and in May 2014, The Venture Center was officially launched.
TODAY AT THE VC
The Venture Center takes a decidedly pro-business approach to entrepreneurism. We connect powerful ideas to viability, creating real jobs and boosting the knowledge-based economy in Arkansas. In the first three years, our member companies have created more than 445 jobs, generated $28 million in revenue and have raised a combined $39 million in capital.That’s an incredible economic impact in a short time and we’re just getting started.
Our membership in the prestigious Startup Federation, strengthens the hand of our member companies by leveraging the resources and connections of the Federation in cities around the globe. It also broadens the global impact that The Venture Center can make.
The Venture Center is also a proud member of Start Here Little Rock, which was launched to close the gap for women and minority entrepreneurs in access to capital.
Through The VC’s proven model of strategic acceleration, focused mentorship and demonstrated viability, our door has quickly become the entry point from which legitimate, scalable businesses grow.
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BOARD of Directors
Chairman of the Board,
The Venture Center
Senior VP & Group Executive, FIS
EVP Business Developmen, PrivacyStar
VC FINTECH ACCELERATOR ADVISORY NETWORK
EVP & Chief Product Officer, Retail Banking and Payments for FIS
EVP, Strategic Product Integration for FIS
EVP, Payment Services, Retail Banking & Wealth Management for FIS
EVP & Director, Enterprise Accounts Group for FIS
SVP & Business Line Executive, Commercial Treasury Solutions for FIS
Managing Director, Global Client Services, Buy-Side Solutions for FIS
SVP, Money Movement Growth and Markets for FIS
Technology Strategy Director, Enterprise Global Banking Solutions for FIS
EVP & President, Global Retail Payments Division for FIS
CTO, Capco Digital, North America
SVP & General Manager, Community Banking Solutions for FIS
Division Executive for FIS
President, Global Trading for FIS
SVP & Chief Client Officer, North American Retail Payments for FIS
Technology Strategy Director, Global Banking Solutions for FIS
Managing Director & Head of Fintech Strategy, Explorer Advisory & Capital
Managing Partner, FinTech Growth Fund at Cultivation Capital
Senior Advisor, Global Technology Deployment Initiative
Senior Business Solution Architect, Large Global Financial Institutions for FIS
Line of Business
Executive for FIS
Sales Executive, Client Management for FIS
Sales Executive, Client Management for FIS
SVP & IT Division Executive, Global Products division for FIS
Calhoun Law Firm
Acxiom • Arkansas Business • AT&T • Arkansas Capital Corporation • Arkansas Economic Development Commission • Entergy Arkansas • FIS • Flake & Kelley Commercial • James Hendren • Charles D. Morgan • Salesforce Foundation • Smiley Technologies • Stone Ward • Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce • Mainstream Technologies • Jim Womble • xCelerate Capital
Stone Ward • Sumotext • Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce • Euronet Worldwide
Accelerate Arkansas • Arkansas STEM Coalition • ASBTDC at UALR • City of Little Rock • Delta Regional Authority • Hendrix College • Innovate Arkansas • Innovation Hub • Kauffman Foundation • Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce • Little Rock Technology Park • Microsoft • Noble Impact • Startup America • Startup Arkansas • Start Here Little Rock • University of Arkansas at Little Rock