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We measure the impact of our entrepreneurship programs by the successes of our students, alumni, and faculty. Browse the articles below, and connect with us via social media to stay informed.

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Wasson Wins Social Innovation Hub’s Inaugural Competition

A panel of faculty and expert judges selected sophomore Laura Wasson, a dietetics and human nutrition major, as the winner in the first-ever Design Solution Challenge, a semester-long social entrepreneurship competition sponsored by the Social Innovation Hub and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Startup Teams Take Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

University of Arkansas teams took first place in the undergraduate division and swept all three places in the graduate division at the 2017 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on April 11 .

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State Rep. Warwick Sabin to Speak on Social Entrepreneurship

Arkansas State Representative Warwick Sabin will deliver a talk on the social entrepreneurship movement in Arkansas at Willard J. Walker Hall, room 403, on the University of Arkansas campus, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

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University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

Two University of Arkansas alumni and their wives are contributing a total of $600,000 for a new entrepreneurship hub that will support students from across campus. Jerry and Kay Brewer of Fayetteville are contributing $500,000 to create the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, and their son, Clete Brewer, and his wife, Tammy, of Rogers are contributing … Continue reading University Receives Two Campaign Gifts in Support of Entrepreneurship Hub

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Grox Industries to Compete in Rice Business Plan Competition

Grox Industries will compete with some of the world’s top universities for more than $1 million in prizes at the 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University, April 6-8, 2017.

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Start-Up Team Wins University of Manitoba Investment Competition

Grox Industries, a University of Arkansas entrepreneurship team developing a nanomaterial-based glass coating that improves the energy efficiency of windows, won first place at the University of Manitoba’s Stu Clark Investment Competition on March 11.

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Entrepreneurship Team Wins Georgia Bowl Competition

“Together, they have brought engineering, business and technology development, marketing, and logistics together to create a realistic and incredibly promising plan.”

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EPIC Spotlight: Boxxyy

It started as a class assignment. It became a pet product company that helps animal shelters.

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Enactus Partners with the American Legion to Support Community Programs

Enactus is partnering with the Shelton Tucker Craft American Legion Post #27 to remodel the facility, revitalize its business operations and increase its membership.

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EPIC Spotlight: Bjorn Simmons

If you think marketing and entrepreneurship pertains only to business, guess again. Bjorn Simmons will tell you that entrepreneurial spirit and a know-how attitude can effect change in many aspects of life, whether it’s helping free a man wrongfully imprisoned or creating a tool that can benefit businesses globally.

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EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

Many fresh college graduates look for exciting careers in big cities like Chicago or New York. Ross Lawrence was one of them. With a bachelor’s degree in finance, he applied to more than 70 jobs in the Windy City and Big Apple. Then he decided he’d give Nevada, Missouri, a try. Ross Lawrence BSBA ’11 … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ross Lawrence

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Picasolar Awarded $2 Million for Solar Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds to advance a pilot manufacturing program for solar cell technology developed at the University of Arkansas.

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WattGlass, Boston Mountain Biotech Selected for Startup Summit

The two technology startups were formed in Walton’s ‘New Venture Development’ class, and have been selected for the Hello Tomorrow Top 500 Worldwide competition, to be held in October in France.

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Fleischer Scholars Experience Entrepreneurship and College Life

Thirty-three high school juniors and seniors participated in the Fleischer Scholars summer camp program July 10-15 to learn about entrepreneurship at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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U of A Sweeps Graduate Places at Governor’s Cup Competition

Walton College teams swept all three places Tuesday in the graduate division at the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition held in Little Rock.

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Director of Social Innovation to Serve on UNESCO Steering Committee

The University of Arkansas’ director of social innovation has been invited to serve on an Advisory Steering Committee of UNESCO.

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Northwest Arkansas: A Hotbed for Startups

“Silicon Valley is great for the tech world. But if your business deals with retail or consumer products or supply chain logistics, then this is the place to be.”

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Rogelio Garcia Contreras Named Director of Social Innovation

Rogelio Garcia Contreras, founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, has been named director of social innovation at the University of Arkansas.

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Fletchers Fuel Entrepreneurial Spirit With Creation of S.A.K.E. Fund

Alumnus Frank Fletcher and his wife, Judy, are providing $600,000 to establish the Frank and Judy Fletcher S.A.K.E. Fund in the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Kyya: Pure and Simple

Mmmmm. Chocolate. Rick Boosey, the president and founder of Kyya Chocolate, faced a full and engaged classroom when he spoke to students about entrepreneurship in ECON 3053 – Economics for Elementary Teachers – at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Teen Scholars Get in the College Spirit

Thirty-nine entrepreneurial teens participated in the Spirit Scholars program held July 12-17 at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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CycleWood Solutions Signs Agreement to Produce ‘Green’ Bags for Pet Waste

A technology company that developed its award-winning business concept in the New Venture Development class taught by management professor Carol Reeves has signed an exclusive agreement to produce a line of eco-friendly waste pickup bags for pet owners.

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BioBridge LLC Takes Third Place at Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

A business plan team from the University of Arkansas that is creating an online marketplace that would connect researchers to suppliers of human biospecimens placed third at the 2015 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge.

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Video: John James: Arkansas Favors the Bold

John James, founder of Acumen Brands, will be a panelist and moderator Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon. The Friday, Jan. 30 event is coordinated by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

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EPIC Spotlight: Omar Meson

“With finance, you never know what you’re going to get,” Omar says. “Every day, it’s a new adventure.”

Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul featured image

Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

Theresa Fette, an entrepreneur who founded the Provident Trust Group, will speak to students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 31, about “How to Succeed in Business Without Selling your Soul.” Fette’s talk is presented by the Office of Entrepreneurship and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. It will be … Continue reading Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

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Picasolar Ties for First at SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

Picasolar, a solar startup company affiliated with the University of Arkansas, finished in a first-place tie at the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase, a fast-paced pitch competition featuring top emerging firms from around the world. The third annual Startup Showcase spotlighted innovative early-stage companies in the areas of “Greentech,” “Cleanweb” and “Social Impact.” Read the entire … Continue reading Picasolar Ties for First at SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

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Got a New Product? Take It to the Hog Pen!

John Rippl, vice president of IRI, a leading provider in market and shopper information data, and Claudia Mobley, director of Center for Retailing Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, combined industry experience with a student-focused need to create class a class Mobley calls the Hog Pen.

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EPIC Spotlight: Abby Davidson

Abby Davidson has seen the effects of war-torn countries. She has worked to assist communities in overcoming poverty and has met with refugees driven from their homeland. Her interest in international affairs began with her pursuits at Walton, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Business and a master’s degree in economics.

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EPIC Spotlight: Carol Reeves

As a child, if Carol Reeves wanted any money, she had to earn it.

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Walton Student Wins Youth of the Year Award

Trei Dudley, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2012-2013 National Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Dudley was selected in recognition of her long relationship and involvement with the Boys & Girls Club in her hometown of Lawrence, Kan. Her selection was announced recently … Continue reading Walton Student Wins Youth of the Year Award

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Entrepreneurship Professor Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

The Southeastern Conference has announced that Carol Reeves, the Cecil & Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Arkansas, is the recipient of the university’s 2014 Faculty Achievement Award.

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