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SHOWING RESILIENCE IN UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

A medical device startup, with an assist from Innovate Arkansas, pivots to overcome pandemic-induced disruptionIn January of 2020, Noah Asher was feeling good. Vascugenix, the Little Rock medical device startup where he serves as CEO, had completed its fundraising. It was on track to bring its first...

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IA Interviews: Julie Allison and Josh Smith

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Julie Allison, executive director of the Arkansas Fellowship and Josh Smith, CEO of Metova. The three discuss the Arkansas Fellowship program and the benefits for corporate partners who hire Fellows. Josh Smith speaks to the qua...

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COMBATING COVID-19 CHALLENGES WITH TELEMEDICINE TECH

Rural Arkansas healthcare system overcomes restrictions through novel Winrock-supported startupBy the time malaria swept through northeast Arkansas in 1899, the sisters of the Holy Angels Convent knew disease well. A cholera outbreak the year before had chased them from the community of Pocahontas t...

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IA Interviews: Tracy Simpson, Clinicpass

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Tracy Simpson, CEO and founder of Clinicpass. Clinicpass provides scheduling and expense reporting services to medical clinics. In this episode, David and Tracy talk about how Clinicpass supports both the medical clinics and the...

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IA Interviews: Julie Allison

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Julie Allison, executive director of the Arkansas Fellowship. The Arkansas Fellowship works to connect promising local graduates with Arkansas-based companies for job opportunities with the goal to keep our graduates and promisi...

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IA Interviews: Jeston George and Joe Ehrhardt

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Jeston George, founder and CEO of Apptegy, and Joe Ehrhardt, founder and CEO of Teslar Software. These two technology-based startup companies have been scaling rapidly but found themselves pivoting as the COVID-19 pandemic hit t...

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IA Interviews: Douglas Hutchings on SBIR Grant Opportunities

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Douglas Hutchings, the IA Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and an expert in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant opportunities. The SBIR program is touted as “America’s Seed Fund” and provides access to capital across a div...

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IA Interviews: Maf Sonko of AidBanc

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Maf Sonko, CEO of AidBanc. AidBanc is the first full-service banking platform designed for non-profits to manage global spend from a single corporate account. David and Maf talk about Maf’s path to Arkansas and the benefits of t...

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IA Interviews: Michael Geranen of Captura Biopharma

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Michael Geranen, CEO of Captura Biopharma about the company’s lead product that acts as a decorporation agent to be given to individuals that have been exposed to radiation, such as may occur in a nuclear power accident or deton...

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IA Interviews: Emily Reeves Dean on Social Media Strategy

David Sanders, Director of Innovate Arkansas (IA) at Winrock interviews Emily Reeves Dean, our IA communications and project manager. Emily and David talk about approaching social media as a startup company, how to plan the messaging, which channels to use, and testing to get the best results. To ge...