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IA Interviews: Jeston George and Joe Ehrhardt

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Jeston George, founder and CEO of Apptegy, and Joe Ehrhardt, founder and CEO of Teslar Software. These two technology-based startup companies have been scaling rapidly but found themselves pivoting as the COVID-19 pandemic hit t...

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IA Interviews: Douglas Hutchings on SBIR Grant Opportunities

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Douglas Hutchings, the IA Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and an expert in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant opportunities. The SBIR program is touted as “America’s Seed Fund” and provides access to capital across a div...

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IA Interviews: Maf Sonko of AidBanc

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Maf Sonko, CEO of AidBanc. AidBanc is the first full-service banking platform designed for non-profits to manage global spend from a single corporate account. David and Maf talk about Maf’s path to Arkansas and the benefits of t...

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IA Interviews: Michael Geranen of Captura Biopharma

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Michael Geranen, CEO of Captura Biopharma about the company’s lead product that acts as a decorporation agent to be given to individuals that have been exposed to radiation, such as may occur in a nuclear power accident or deton...

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IA Interviews: Emily Reeves Dean on Social Media Strategy

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Emily Reeves Dean, our IA communications and project manager. Emily and David talk about approaching social media as a startup company, how to plan the messaging, which channels to use, and testing to get the best results. To ge...

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IA Interviews: Mike McGibbony of White Rock

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Mike McGibbony, CEO of White Rock, a solution provider for the Salesforce and Hubspot platforms that advises clients on strategic use of CRM systems across business operations. Mike discusses the scalability of Salesforce, makin...

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IA Interviews: Amy Hopper, I-Fund Accelerator Program Officer

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Amy Hopper, program officer for the I-Fund accelerators. Amy shares the details of the program, including the in-depth customer discovery research that is part of the I-Fund and how proof-of-concept business ideas benefit from l...

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IA Interviews: Industry Fellows to Support Startups

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock introduces two IA team members who focus on specific industry sectors when working with startups in Arkansas. Josh Smith, CEO of Metova, supports software development-based startups and those that need software development talent. “G” Denn...

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Surviving a Startup: Best Practices from Chris Stewart, CEO of Raise the Money

We asked Chris Stewart to tell us about his experience building and launching Raise the Money and some of the key learnings from his years as a startup founder.When I started my company, Raise the Money, I had no idea what I was doing! I was an attorney with my own legal practice and had two young k...

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Innovate Arkansas Interviews: Darren Sommer of Innovator Health

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas at Winrock talks with Dr. Darren Sommer, CEO of Innovator Health, an advanced telemedicine provider. David and Darren discuss the benefits of telemedicine for rural hospitals as a cost savings and during times of health crisis with limited PPE like the CO...