Empowering Entrepreneurs: AEDC and Startup Junkie Consulting Partner to Boost Arkansas’s Tech Industry

Entrepreneurial Enthusiast Lands $1.1M Deal to Lead State Innovation Hub

Dave Creek Media recently hosted a discussion on strategic growth planning for HFA in Bentonville, led by Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has awarded the management contract for the Arkansas Statewide Technology Commercialization Center to Startup Junkie Consulting LLC, a Fayetteville-based company. The center, previously known as Innovate Arkansas, helps new tech entrepreneurs develop their inventions and high-tech concepts into successful businesses.

The goal of the program is to empower tech and tech-enabled ventures in Arkansas to scale their operations, create high-wage job opportunities, and drive technological innovation in the state. Clint O’Neal, executive director of AEDC, emphasized the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and growing high-tech companies in Arkansas. He highlighted that since its establishment in 2008, the Arkansas Statewide Technology Commercialization Center has helped over 200 portfolio clients generate $939 million in revenue, creating more than 6,000 jobs in Arkansas. These companies have received $50.9 million in federal grants and attracted a total investment of $473.6 million.

Startup Junkie Consulting is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that offers no-cost, one-on-one consulting, events, workshops, and access to capital and talent for entrepreneurs and innovators. Jeff Amerine, the founder and managing director of Startup Junkie Consulting, expressed gratitude for the partnership with AEDC in driving the development and growth of tech and tech-enabled ventures across Arkansas. He emphasized the importance of entrepreneurialism in fostering economic empowerment and vitality and looks forward to supporting AEDC in this critical effort.

In conclusion, the partnership between AEDC and Startup Junkie Consulting will play a crucial role in driving economic growth across Arkansas by supporting high-tech startups and entrepreneurs. With over 20 years of experience working with startups across multiple industries

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