Around the INOV8 Horn: IA Client Firms in AB, Amerine on Open Innovation
Around the IA horn on a beautiful Friday that teases opening Fayetteville Super Regional success for the Hogs...
- Innovate Arkansas was featured this week in Arkansas Business. Specifically, five of IA's most notable client firms: Acumen, DataRank, Sumotext, RxResults and Treatsie.
- IA adviser Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie led an open innovation discussion last week. IA hosted the luncheon event, at which Amerine said the open innovation model can work for all the players in the tech startup ecosystem. Notes from the event here.
- IA client firm Nerdies launched its own coding school for NWA called Blur State. Earlier this year, IA helped bring the prestigious Iron Yard coding school to Little Rock with classes starting later this month.
- Arkansas Business reported that Fayetteville's Hayseed Ventures, the new fund from Acumen founder John James, is in the process of raising a $6 million funding round. Hayseed, of course, is taking over space in the Old Post Office on the Fayetteville square, and James wants to turn the historic building into a startup hub. More to come on Hayseed...
- After finishing second to ASU's Ag Innovations at the Arkansas DWR Governor's Cup, Kordate Solutions from the UA went to Vegas and won the DWR Tri-State competition.
- That Men's Health cover didn't work out for Joel Gordon, but he had a good plan B (wink, wink). Look for Joel, director of the Launch Pad, the maker space component of the Innovation Hub, on the cover of this month's Little Rock Family.