Arkansas is the home to entrepreneurs like Sam Walton, the Tysons, JB Hunt, and the Stephens. Based on our state’s entrepreneurial and innovative history and recognizing the value of creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem, the A-State Delta Center for Economic Development applied for a U.S. Economic Development Administration i6 Grant and was awarded a half million dollars to get it started. Other partners, such as Arkansas Economic Development Commission-Manufacuring Solutions and the Delta Regional Authority, have also contributed, as well as private sector partners like Ritter Communications and Nucor.
The mission of A-State Innovate is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and expand the innovative mindset so that communities reach their maximum potential and entrepreneurs thrive in our area. We are too great a region to limit ourselves to small dreams. We need to encourage dreams and equip the dreamers with the tools they need to succeed.
A-State Innovate is an entrepreneur’s ecosystem with multiple locations, and where creativity comes to life. By integrating innovation, support for start-ups, technology transfer, and a portfolio of partnerships with businesses and communities, A-State Innovate offers opportunities for entrepreneurs interested in connecting to business resources and helps bring ideas to the marketplace.