COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Lift the Rock

This weekly high-impact networking program focuses integrating the entrepreneurial and business community. Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

 

Pitch 'N Pint

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

 

Jolt Hackathon

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.

 

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.

 

MEMBER PROGRAMS

Catalyst

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. 

 

Code•It!

An ongoing technical speaker series
featuring trends, emerging technologies
and technical insights from leading
experts. From town hall-style forums
to specific user groups, Code-It provides
a variety of programs for all levels.

 

CULTIVATE PROGRAMS

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. 

 

ACCELERATE PROGRAMS

 

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


TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS

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. Events like these create a technical community that attracts other talent. This results in stronger national recruitment for top talent

According to Cybersecurity Professional Trends, a survey conducted by the Sans Institute, a cyber security research organization, 50% of respondents said they chose to remain in their current roles because they derived personal fulfillment from the job.

Getting employees excited about new technology and showing them how they can use it to make their job (and your company!) better is a win/win for all.