New accelHERate Events for Women Will Offer Startup Advice

January 26th, 2018 by Gwen Green

Women who are looking to start their own technology-based companies can hear from fellow women excelling in research, innovation, and business at “accelHERate,” a free forum presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.

March 8, International Women’s Day, the center will hold simultaneous “accelHERate” events at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences BioVentures in Little Rock at 4:30 p.m.

“Since about 80 percent of tech company founders are male, we want to encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurship and view it as a viable career,” said Laura Fine, ASBTDC state director. “We hope women – particularly students in the ‘STEM’ fields of science, technology, engineering, and math – will attend ‘accelHERate’ and be inspired by what they hear.”

Four women will speak at each location then answer questions.

In Jonesboro:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Hood, chief executive officer of Infinite Enzymes, LLC and A-State Lipscomb Distinguished Professor
  • Dr. Giuliana Medrano, co-founder and chief scientific officer of GeneCoMe Biotech LC
  • Dr. Patricia Robertson, A-State chair of economics and finance, professor of business law and faculty coordinator of the university’s Women’s Business Leadership Center
  • Dr. Hilary Schloemer, A-State assistant professor of management

In Little Rock:

  • Dr. Amy Hester, co-founder of HD Nursing, LLC and UAMS director of nursing research and innovation
  • Alese Johnston Stroud, CEO of Corporate Insight Strategy
  • Tina McCord, founder and CEO of ZUNI Learning Tree
  • Erin Bush, CEO of Salusions, LLC

Their talks will touch on lessons learned and advice for budding entrepreneurs. Topics will include management and growth strategies, startup mistakes and how to avoid them, key skills for entrepreneurial success, and commercialization funding opportunities through the federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program.

While admission is free of charge, pre-registration is required. To register, call 501.683.7700 or click the appropriate link below:


Little Rock

The outreach and technical assistance ASBTDC provides to science and technology-based businesses is supported by Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program funding from the Small Business Administration.


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