Agricultural Food Systems
Agricultural Food Systems (AFS) is a company focused on transforming food quality measurement. AFS offers a new product to assess meat tenderness accurately: the TenderID.
Hugh Lawson Hembree, V | Siloam Springs, AR | email@example.com
Btiques is a powerful new way for independent fashion boutique stores to interact and sell limited quantity items online in the mobile and social media space.
Sara Beck and Will Carter | Kansas City, MO, and Fayetteville, AR | firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering accredited programs from primary schools to career training, CayMay Education is an open app platform where teachers create lessons & sell for $1 each.
Xuan Linh (Lincoln) Vu | Boca Raton, FL | email@example.com
Earn & Play
Earn & Play is the first mobile app that connects brands with customers at the store shelf.
Pablo Arellano, Jr. | Cincinnati, OH | firstname.lastname@example.org
EpicPledge is a mobile application that leverages upon social forces to give people that extra push to accomplish their goals.
Weiting Tan and Anthony Chew | Singapore, Singapore | email@example.com
Farmeto is a web-based tool for connecting small farmers with retailers in an online marketplace.
Colin Shaw, David Tanner and Sam Friday | Fayetteville, AR | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass Vector is a web-based Software-as-a-Service that provides real-time analytics and progressive demand prediction based on individual UPCs. Resulting data packages empower e-commerce companies to make critical decisions with ease.
Ben Hundley and Adam Vanderbush | Fayetteville, AR | email@example.com
Minewhat provides a cloud-based, pattern-informed “re-engagement” platform to ecommerce businesses to increase user conversion rate and revenue.
Janakiram (Ram) Ganesan and Pavan Kumar Thiruvuru Vijayan | Bangalore, India | firstname.lastname@example.org
Refurrl leverages your social networks to make it easy for you to sell to and buy from the people you trust the most, your friends.
Zackery Hill, Alex Chalupka, Jonathan Peoples and Gabe Couch | Conway, AR | email@example.com
SavvySync provides startups with targeted discovery of beta users and customers. SavvySync sifts through Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Foursquare and LinkedIn to find early adopters that experience pain points startups’ products solve.
Jonathan (Yoni) Trope and Pavan (Niel) Malhotra | Manhattan, NY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sooligan digitalizes word-of-mouth. We make it easier, quicker, and fun for you to find and share information about any city in the world with newcomers and locals.
Natasia Malaihollo and Nikka Umil | Berkeley, CA | email@example.com
SpareTime is an engagement platform for advancing social good that provides organizations with a way to market their projects to the newest generation of volunteers and donors.
Aron Shelton and Alyssa Snyder | Fayetteville, AR | firstname.lastname@example.org
StackSearch has invented a cloud-powered product search server that will reduce cart abandonment and increase conversions for our ecommerce clients.
Mark Brandon and Sloan Ahrens | Fayetteville, AR | email@example.com
Streamix is a crowd-curated, streamlined way for creating the perfect music experience.
Chuong Nguyen, Josh Pham and Kenny Cason | Fayetteville, AR | firstname.lastname@example.org
By building a marketing software, and social network for food trucks and their customers to interact, Truckily will build exploration and location sharing into an easy to digest app for the hungry to find great mobile bites.
Derek Kean and Matthew Berkland | Kansas City, MO | email@example.com
Demo Day Schedule
9:15:00 Startup pitches
12:15:00 Dr. Rankin with UofA to introduce Governor Mike Beebe
12:30:00 Closing remarks and lunch
1:30:00 Announcement of selected companies
4:00 Pack up
8:00 Afterparty at Table Mesa on Bentonville Square
At the Made by Few conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, driving force and a key mentor of The ARK Kristian Andersen identifies 10 different stacks that make up a startup ecosystem and relates them to Arkansas.
So, where do YOU fit in? We want to know what you think and how you will contribute to our building of a strong, active startup ecosystem in The Natural State (or are we again the Land of Opportunity?). Because you’re a part of this.
Characterize the work you’re doing, where you fit in, what you think we need to do, what we’re doing right, how we can improve–you name it. Open call.
“I believe that entrepreneurs, at their heart, are artists, not engineers…. If you think about how we’ve taught art and music for the last several hundred years, we teach theory, and we teach immersive practice. But when you graduate from art or music school, we don’t say then, ‘Make me something in G major,’ or ‘Paint me a picture that’s orange.’ What comes out from the great artist is something completely unexpected. We don’t say, ‘Make me Starry Night.’ So, I believe that world-class entrepreneurs, who are just really, really good, understand something that’s driven by passion. And by the way, if you believe that, that just kind of explains why we might need a different way to teach entrepreneurship and how you can almost spot the world’s best entrepreneurs. They’re creative. They’re passionate. They’re connected to their subject.”