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IA Interviews: Rodney Ferguson, The Validation Fund

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Rodney Ferguson, President and CEO of Winrock International about a new initiative called the Validation Fund. The Validation Fund is Arkansas’ first evergreen, not-for-profit fund dedicated to deploying early-stage awards to va...

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IA Interviews: Allyson Lewis, The 7 Minute Life

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Allyson Lewis, CEO and founder of The 7 Minute Life. The 7 Minute Life is a time management and productivity company with a mission to help busy people reconnect with their passion & get their schedules under contr...

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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: Julie Allison

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Julie Allison, executive director of the Arkansas Fellowship. The Arkansas Fellowship works to connect promising local graduates with Arkansas-based companies for job opportunities with the goal to keep our graduates and promisi...

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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...