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.

New Venture Development Experience

A History of Start-Up Success

Our students count more wins at state and national business plan competitions than any other university – 27 national wins, 60 awards at the Arkansas Governor's Cup, and 3 wins at the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State. Since 2002, students have won more than $3 million in prize money and raised more than $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 to sign up for news and updates, or follow along on Twitter @UofA_ent.  




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


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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Startup Chosen for $225,000 NSF Grant

A medical device company started as part of a University of Arkansas entrepreneurship class has earned a $225,000 grant to finish development of a device to make minimally-invasive abdominal surgeries safer for patients and better for surgeons.

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Free Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshops for Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni

The McMillon Innovation Studio and the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation are hosting a series of workshops for university students, faculty, staff and alumni during the spring 2019 semester.

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Lapovations Wins SEC Pitch Competition

Lapovations, a University of Arkansas business plan competition team, won the 2018 SEC Student Pitch Championship — the second year in a row for an Arkansas team to take the title.

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Movista Raises $12m to Further Leadership Position in Workforce Management Space

Movista Inc., the leader in cloud-based labor and workforce management software for retailers, manufacturers, and service providers, announced its $12 million Series A growth equity investment.

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EPIC Spotlight: Nee Karas

In a building near a busy intersection in the middle of Fayetteville is an oasis – one where people can free their minds and bodies with yoga. It’s Nee Karas’ way of sharing with others a practice that serves as a template to her well-being.

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EPIC Spotlight: Matt Brown

Baked beans. Comfort food for cookouts and tailgating. Goes well with hotdogs, barbecue and hamburgers.

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EPIC Spotlight: Jerra Nalley

Jerra Nalley loves Northwest Arkansas. From the funky, artistic community in Eureka Springs to the vibrant night life on Fayetteville’s Dickson Street, she wants the world to know all about it. It’s her living.