The ARK Challenge is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for technology startups. The ARK Challenge is a Winrock International, U.S. Programs, initiative in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. It is made possible due to funding from Winrock International, Gravity Ventures, Fund for Arkansas’ Future and Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

A full member of Global Accelerator Network (GAN), The ARK Challenge program in Northwest Arkansas is looking for established startups with a product and demonstrated customer traction.

In exchange for a 6% equity stake in each company, our selected companies will each receive $50,000, as well as intensive mentoring from a group of community-based and national mentors. The focus areas of the bootcamp will be Customer Acquisition/Market Traction, Investor Relations and Product Refinement.

All bootcamp participants will have 24×7 access to the program space located in East Square Plaza on the Downtown Fayetteville Square and its amenities.

The next bootcamp will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from June to September 2014.