AVC Looks to Foster Entrepreneurship
May 21st, 2014 by Whitney Horton
The Arkansas Venture Center officially opened its doors to the public on May 15 with a kick-off event hosted at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Founders Lee Watson and Mike Steely, as well as Jordan Carlisle, the new entrepreneurship and innovation director for the chamber, spoke about AVC’s vision, upcoming events, and how to become a member of the organization.
AVC is an entrepreneur- and private-sector-led initiative with the goal of more high-paying knowledge jobs and companies in Arkansas. The center wants to become the bridge between idea generation and business launch.
Watson explained that the metro’s Main Street Creative Corridor will connect new entrepreneurship efforts. Starting at the Arkansas Innovation Hub in North Little Rock, traveling across the river to the Arkansas Venture Center and eventually to the future tech park downtown, entrepreneurs will be able to work together, test ideas, receive training and mentoring, and begin operations.
Arkansas Venture Center members will have access to a Monthly Member Series. Pitch IT, Code IT, Build IT and Drink IT are different events that allow, respectively, networking, fireside chats, elevator pitch learning, and emerging technologies for innovative entrepreneurs. Members will also have access to a content portal, discounted rates for training courses and preferred pricing for AVC partner services.