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 History of Start-Up Success

Our students count more wins at state and national business plan competitions than any other university – 22 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 40 startup companies and organizations founded by the program's alumni.

The fundamentals taught in the classroom include identifying and analyzing opportunities, developing viable business models, and funding the start-up 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 ideas and get noticed.

As of September 2017, University of Arkansas students, faculty, and alumni with an interest in entrepreneurship have a new resource in the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub on the Fayetteville square. The Hub provides free meeting and co-working space for students and alumni, hosts events and workshops, and serves the Northwest Arkansas entrepreneurial community. Email oei@uark.edu to sign up for news and updates, or follow along on Twitter @UofA_ent.  

  

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





Featured Stories

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Two Teams Share Win at Social Innovation Challenge

Often things are too close to call, and such was the case when student teams pitched their social and environmental design solutions to a panel of faculty and expert judges at the second Social Innovation Challenge.

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Arkansas Wins 2017 SEC Student Pitch Competition

A team from the University of Arkansas won first place in the 2017 SEC Student Pitch Competition held at the University of Florida on Monday, Nov. 13.

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Fletchers Fund Additional Support for Entrepreneurs With Lecture Series Gift

University of Arkansas alumnus Frank Fletcher and his wife, Judy, have committed $150,000 to the Walton College  to create the Frank and Judy Fletcher Distinguished Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship.

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Blockchain Hackathon a Success For Students, Companies

Sixty-five students from across the University of Arkansas each worked more than a dozen hours to push the limits of blockchain technology and propose creative and imaginative solutions for six use cases posed by Northwest Arkansas industries.

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Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub to Open Sept. 29

The Entrepreneurship Hub will feature regular programming for students and alumni, including invited guest lectures and networking luncheons, as well as office hours provided by experts in fields such as marketing, design, accounting and law.

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EPIC Spotlight: Mark Zweig

If you ask Mark Zweig to name former students who have successful businesses, be prepared to sit for a while.

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Walton Hosts Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Proposal Writing Workshop

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business will host a Small Business Innovation Research/Business Technology Transfer Phase I Proposal Writing Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus.