University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

About Entrepreneurship

Led by Dr. Carol Reeves, fondly nicknamed "The Coach" by Fortune magazine, the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation has achieved worldwide acclaim for its student achievements, including recognition in The New York Times, CNN Money, NPRInventor's Digest, and the NASDAQ.

A Track Record of Success

Student team successes include numerous wins at state and national business plan competitions – 20 national wins, 54 awards at the Arkansas Governor's Cup, and 3 wins at the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State.

Since 2002, students have won more than $2.8 million in prize money and raised $60 million to build their businesses.

The greatest success stories, however, are the 22 startup companies developed in class.

The fundamentals taught in the classroom include identifying and analyzing opportunities, developing viable business models, and funding the startup process. Whether it's the graduate certificate in entrepreneurship or the MBA entrepreneurship concentration, the goal is the same: to equip students with the tools and opportunities to develop their ideas and get their work noticed.

 

Success



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The program helped me become a more well-rounded scientist. It helped me to understand the value of being able to communicate a scientific idea to a diverse audience with the intention of fostering collaboration and growing a business venture.

- Dr. Ellen Brune, 2012
CSO, Boston Mountain Biotech

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The entrepreneurship program opened the door to opportunities that otherwise would not have materialized. It literally changed my life.

- Nhiem Cao, 2011
CEO, cycleWood Solutions

 





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Fleischer Scholars Present Business Plans for Entrepreneurial Projects

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Walton Faculty, Students Participate in Enterprise Computing Community Conference

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Faculty and students from the Sam M. Walton College of Business attended the Enterprise Computing Community Conference in Poughkeepsie, New York, June 11-13. 

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