News from the Entrepreneurship Program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you ask Mark Zweig to name former students who have successful businesses, be prepared to sit for a while.
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.
Adjoa Boateng, a widely recognized Ghanaian micro-insurance entrepreneur, will present “Social Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Social Change” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, in Willard J. Walker Hall room 403.
Twenty-five high school students from Arkansas recently spent one week on campus to learn about entrepreneurship, business plans, presentations, teamwork and community improvement projects through the Fleischer Scholars summer camp program.
Faculty and students from the Sam M. Walton College of Business attended the Enterprise Computing Community Conference in Poughkeepsie, New York, June 11-13.
It’s bread with benefits. That’s the catch phrase Daymara Baker uses when describing her business, Rockin’ Baker, a bakery tucked inside a small Fayetteville plaza among a bicycle shop and microbrewery.
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.
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 .
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.
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→
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.
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.
“Together, they have brought engineering, business and technology development, marketing, and logistics together to create a realistic and incredibly promising plan.”
It started as a class assignment. It became a pet product company that helps animal shelters.
Enactus is partnering with the Shelton Tucker Craft American Legion Post #27 to remodel the facility, revitalize its business operations and increase its membership.
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.
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→
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University of Arkansas’ director of social innovation has been invited to serve on an Advisory Steering Committee of UNESCO.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“With finance, you never know what you’re going to get,” Omar says. “Every day, it’s a new adventure.”
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→
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→
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.
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.
As a child, if Carol Reeves wanted any money, she had to earn it.
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→
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.