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 due to its numerous student achievements, including recognition in Investor's Digest, Fortune, The New York Times, cnnMoney.com, and the NASDAQ.

A Track Record of Success

Student team successes include numerous wins at state and national business plan competitions – 20 national wins, 49 awards at the Arkansas Governor's Cup, and 3 wins at the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State.

Since 2002, students have won more than $2.3 million in prize money and raised $45 million to build their businesses.

The greatest success stories, however, are the 18 startup companies developed in class.

The fundamentals taught in the classroom are designed to teach students about 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: give students the tools and opportunities to get their ideas and 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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