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We curate idea makers and the process unfolds all across the community. From helping businesses scale to providing workforce development, our vision is to create a sustainable economic engine for the region. 


Lift the Rock

Lift the Rock aims to highlight economic development and entrepreneurship resources in Central Arkansas. Connecting entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors Lift the Rock provides a monthly luncheon platform designed to galvanize the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses in Arkansas.


Pitch 'N Pint

Fun. High-Energy. Engaging. 
Pitch 'N Pint is a 60-second pitch
competition for early stage ideas.



JOLT provides the important cross between the development of soft skills such as communication, leadership and collaboration as well as real-world, technical hard skills.


2 Days to Startup

Experience entrepreneurism like
you never have before—in one
ramped-up, amped-up, charged-up
weekend. 2 Days can change everything.



Little Rock's premier networking event. Catalyst is an invitation-only, carefully-curated event, designed to help our members build connections with community leaders, ecosystem influencers, and others. 




An ongoing technical speaker series
featuring trends, emerging technologies
and technical insights from leading
experts. From town hall-style forums
to specific user groups, Code-It provides
a variety of programs for all levels.



Pre-Accelerator I Program
The Venture Center’s Pre-Accelerator I begins the Cultivation Stage of our process. It is a 12-week systematic, progressive program, which guides the new business startup founder through the process of recognizing and challenging assumptions, ensuring product/market fit, identifying unique value proposition (UVP) and beginning to craft a minimum viable product (MVP). The primary goal of this course is to help the startup founder validate business model assumptions, pivot or “fail fast.” This process establishes a foundation on which to build momentum with an eye toward growth. 




VC FinTech Accelerator
Leveraging our collaboration with FIS, the world’s financial technology services juggernaut, is a competitive advantage you won’t get with any other FinTech accelerator. We are the only acceleration program in the world that guarantees access to FIS C-Suite leadership and the opportunity to plug into its global business network. Learn More


Several times throughout the year, we work with our corporate partners like IBM Bluemix to offer high-level, technical training programs/workshops for our membership and community members enrolled in our programs. Events like these create a technical community that attracts other talent. This results in stronger national recruitment for top talent

According to Cybersecurity Professional Trends, a survey conducted by the Sans Institute, a cyber security research organization, 50% of respondents said they chose to remain in their current roles because they derived personal fulfillment from the job.

Getting employees excited about new technology and showing them how they can use it to make their job (and your company!) better is a win/win for all.