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SHOWING RESILIENCE IN UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

A medical device startup, with an assist from Innovate Arkansas, pivots to overcome pandemic-induced disruptionIn January of 2020, Noah Asher was feeling good. Vascugenix, the Little Rock medical device startup where he serves as CEO, had completed its fundraising. It was on track to bring its first...

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IA Interviews: Julie Allison and Josh Smith

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Julie Allison, executive director of the Arkansas Fellowship and Josh Smith, CEO of Metova. The three discuss the Arkansas Fellowship program and the benefits for corporate partners who hire Fellows. Josh Smith speaks to the qua...

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COMBATING COVID-19 CHALLENGES WITH TELEMEDICINE TECH

Rural Arkansas healthcare system overcomes restrictions through novel Winrock-supported startupBy the time malaria swept through northeast Arkansas in 1899, the sisters of the Holy Angels Convent knew disease well. A cholera outbreak the year before had chased them from the community of Pocahontas t...

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IA Interviews: Tracy Simpson, Clinicpass

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Tracy Simpson, CEO and founder of Clinicpass. Clinicpass provides scheduling and expense reporting services to medical clinics. In this episode, David and Tracy talk about how Clinicpass supports both the medical clinics and the...

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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: 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: 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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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...