2019 Congressional App Challenge Accepting Submissions

2019 Congressional App Challenge Accepting Submissions

The Congressional App Challenge is accepting applications through November 1.

The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows students to compete with each other by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices of their choice.  This competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation the STEM fields.

Author, Entrepreneur Charles Morgan to Speak at Venture Mashup

Author, Entrepreneur Charles Morgan to Speak at Venture Mashup

Startup Junkie will welcome Charles Morgan, the visionary former chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corporation, to Fayetteville on Tuesday, Sept. 24 to share his story of success with area entrepreneurs, business owners and students. 

The event will begin at 6 p.m., with remarks from the entrepreneur-turned-author on his incredible journey to success.  

“We’re honored to host Mr. Charles Morgan, and we look forward to hearing his story shared with a room full of eager business owners, founders and students,” said Caleb Talley, Startup Junkie director of marketing and events. “We have a lot to learn from one of Arkansas’ most successful entrepreneurs.” 

Morgan, a 2004 inductee into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, has extensive experience managing and investing in private and public companies. As founder, chairman and CEO of Acxiom Corporation, the world leader in data gathering and its accompanying technology, he grew it from an early-stage company to an international corporation growing to $1.4 billion in annual revenue during his tenure as CEO from 1972 to 2008.

Startup Junkie Adds Springdale Office at Fairlane Station

Startup Junkie Adds Springdale Office at Fairlane Station

Beginning this July, Startup Junkie consultants will start meeting with entrepreneurs, innovators and small business owners in Springdale at Fairlane Station. The organization will operate an office in the modern industrial event venue from Monday to Thursday and will begin taking appointments at the new location as early as July 16.

“We look forward to the chance to meet with Springdale area entrepreneurs and small business owners in their own backyard,” said Haley Allgood, Startup Junkie executive director. “With an increased presence in the region, we can further our mission to help improve the lives of Northwest Arkansas residents through entrepreneurship and innovation.” 

On Tuesday, July 16, Startup Junkie will host an open house at Fairlane Station, inviting the public to see the space where they will regularly meet with clients and hold monthly entrepreneurial events. The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. and will include informative presentations led by members of the Startup Junkie team. 

Martha Londagin Joins the Startup Junkie Team as an Executive Consultant

Martha Londagin Joins the Startup Junkie Team as an Executive Consultant

Startup Junkie announced today the addition of Martha Londagin to their growing consulting team. Londagin joins the team as an executive consultant and brings with her expertise in helping entrepreneurs launch businesses and small business owners grow their companies. 

Londagin comes to Startup Junkie from Legacy National Bank, in Springdale, Ark., where she served as a vice president small business banker, having helped small business owners seeking loans and lines of credit through the U.S. Small Business Administration loan program and conventional in-house loan products, as well. 

 "We're thrilled to add Martha to our team," said Haley Allgood, executive director of Startup Junkie. "She brings such a breadth of knowledge when it comes to business consulting and education. I know she will hit the ground running, putting that expertise to work for our entrepreneurial community."

Fall 2019 I-Fund Application Open Through July 24

Fall 2019 I-Fund Application Open Through July 24

The application period for the fall 2019 I-Fund at Winrock International has opened for early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators. Applications will be accepted through July 24, and the cohort will kick off on August 24 in Fayetteville.  

“The I-Fund allows Arkansans, from every community and background, to explore their innovative idea in a low-risk, supportive environment,” said Amy Hopper, program officer for Winrock International. “The resources we provide are free, and the majority of the I-Fund program is virtual, lowering the barriers to participate.

Woman-Run and 1 Million Cups-Bentonville Team Up to Showcase Women-Owned Startups

Woman-Run and 1 Million Cups-Bentonville Team Up to Showcase Women-Owned Startups

Woman-Run and 1 Million Cups are collaborating in the month of August to showcase a series of presentations from women-owned startups and early-stage businesses. The companies and their female founders will present each Wednesday in August at 1 Million Cups-Bentonville.

"Woman-Run is a statewide initiative with a goal of supporting women-run businesses and women inventors through networking and mentorship while addressing the unique business needs of women and minority business owners," said Meredith Lowry, an attorney with Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, which sponsors the initiative.

From 1972 to 2018, the number of women-owned businesses from 402,000 (4.6 percent of all firms) to 12.3 million. And while the total number of women-owned business is growing, the share of revenue when compared to all companies is not keeping pace. From 2007 to 2018, the total employment share increased from 6 to 8 percent, while the revenue share increased from 4 to 4.3 percent. 

Joseph Daniels III to Speak at Coffee+E on July 30

Joseph Daniels III to Speak at Coffee+E on July 30

The Startup Junkie Foundation will host Coffee+E on the Fayetteville square on the morning of Tuesday, July 30. The monthly networking event will be held below Jammin’ Java, who will supply the morning’s coffee. 

The speaker for the upcoming Coffee+E event will be Joseph W. Daniels, III, a professional speaker, engineer and community builder. Daniels recently earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas and is currently a structural design engineer. 

During his time at the University of Arkansas, Daniels serves two terms as president of the Black Graduate Student Association. As president, he hosted “Tapestry: Courageous Conversations about Race,” offering a platform for students, faculty/staff and community members to discuss racial and social justice issues.

Northwest Arkansas Startup Crawl Returns to Fayetteville September 13

Northwest Arkansas Startup Crawl Returns to Fayetteville September 13

The Northwest Arkansas Startup Crawl will return to downtown Fayetteville on Friday, Sept. 13. The third annual festival honoring the region’s budding entrepreneurial community will once again bring together startups, live music and locally brewed beer. 

“We’re excited to bring together some of Northwest Arkansas’ most innovative startups to one, central location where the community can learn from and engage with founders in a fun environment,” said Caleb Talley, director of marketing and events for Startup Junkie. 

The event, put on by Startup Junkie and local sponsors, will kick off at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park at 4 p.m., on Sept. 13 and will feature a number of companies that call the Park home. A band will perform outside, and local beer will be served to paid attendees. 

Startup Junkie Teams Up with NWA Naturals for Startup Night at Arvest Ballpark

Startup Junkie Teams Up with NWA Naturals for Startup Night at Arvest Ballpark

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Startup Junkie and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball club will collaborate this summer for the first ever in-game pitch competition at Arvest Ballpark. 

This summer, three finalists will be chosen to have their video pitch submission broadcast during a live baseball game, as the Naturals take on the Midland Rock Hounds. The fans in attendance at the ballgame, which will be held the night of Aug. 29, will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite pitch. The winner will be invited back to the ballpark on Sept. 2 where he or she will be awarded a check for $1,000. 

“The opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their idea during a live baseball game will provide great exposure to new ideas and hopefully inspire new businesses to be created from the event,” Startup Junkie Executive Director Haley Allgood said. “We're combining innovation with our nation's past time in what I know will be an evening of fun for everyone involved.”

Startup Junkie and COX Media Partner for Four-Part Summer Marketing Series

Startup Junkie and COX Media Partner for Four-Part Summer Marketing Series

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Startup Junkie and COX Media have partnered for a four-part summer series on marketing for startups and small businesses. The series will help attendees better identify their direction, their audience, their story and their strategy. 

Each session will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at One East Center, in downtown Fayetteville. Sessions will be held on the second floor of the facility, outside the Startup Junkie offices.  

“COX Media is excited to partner with Startup Junkie on this four-part series taking entrepreneurs on a journey to help them discover their purpose, define their customer, craft their message and plan their next steps,” said Cheri Harrison, media consultant for COX Media.