Arkansas Statewide Technology Commercialization Center awards Startup Junkie Consulting Management Contract, Fostering High-Tech Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

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Jeff Amerine, the founder and managing director of Startup Junkie Consulting, led a discussion on strategic growth planning for HFA in Bentonville, hosted by Dave Creek Media. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) 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, focuses on helping new tech entrepreneurs develop their inventions and high-tech concepts into successful businesses.

Clint O’Neal, executive director of AEDC, emphasized the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and growing high-tech companies in Arkansas. The program aims to assist entrepreneurs in scaling their ideas into successful companies that will provide high-paying jobs for residents of the state. 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. Amerine 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.

The program is designed to help new technology startups develop their inventions and high-tech concepts into successful businesses by providing them with resources such as legal support, business planning assistance, marketing strategies

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