Conductor Pitch Night
Aug
1
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Pitch Night

Join us for the Conductor Pitch Night on August 1st at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 
 

The Conductor Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by July 28th to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Aug. 1
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oMYS7u
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

1 Million Cups Conway
Aug
2
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • The Cave

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Conductor Mentor Network
Sep
5
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Mentor Network

Join us for the Conductor Mentor Network  meeting on September 5th at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 


We'll hear presentations from Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and provide feedback and mentorship for specific challenges or opportunities they present to the group.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by September 1st to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Sep. 5
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oRsRs1
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

FAQs:

What is the Conductor Mentor Network?

The Conductor Mentor Network is an all-volunteer group of business and community leaders who are willing to volunteer time to meet with and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Network provides subject matter expertise in business and technology to the community from seasoned professionals to startup founders and small business owners.

How does the Conductor Mentor Network function?

The CMN meets on a monthly basis for networking and group mentoring of entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. This group mentoring may take multiple different formats. In addition, guidelines and training are provided to both mentors and mentees, along with a framework to measure founder progress against milestones.

How frequently does the Conductor Mentor Network meet?

The CMN will meet monthly. In odd- numbered months, the CMN will meet specifically to provide group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. In even-numbered months, the CMN will meet in conjunction with the Conductor Angel Network with companies who are specifically seeking investment. This will be a critical part of the development and education of the Conductor Mentor Network.

Conductor Pitch Night
Oct
3
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Pitch Night

Join us for the Conductor Pitch Night on October 3rd at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 
 

The Conductor Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by September 29th to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Oct. 3
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2nmvxRb
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

Conductor Mentor Network
Nov
7
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Mentor Network

Join us for the Conductor Mentor Network meeting on November 7 at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 


We'll hear presentations from Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and provide feedback and mentorship for specific challenges or opportunities they present to the group.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by November 3rd to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Nov. 7
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2nmzBBc
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

FAQs:

What is the Conductor Mentor Network?

The Conductor Mentor Network is an all-volunteer group of business and community leaders who are willing to volunteer time to meet with and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Network provides subject matter expertise in business and technology to the community from seasoned professionals to startup founders and small business owners.

How does the Conductor Mentor Network function?

The CMN meets on a monthly basis for networking and group mentoring of entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. This group mentoring may take multiple different formats. In addition, guidelines and training are provided to both mentors and mentees, along with a framework to measure founder progress against milestones.

How frequently does the Conductor Mentor Network meet?

The CMN will meet monthly. In odd- numbered months, the CMN will meet specifically to provide group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. In even-numbered months, the CMN will meet in conjunction with the Conductor Angel Network with companies who are specifically seeking investment. This will be a critical part of the development and education of the Conductor Mentor Network.

Conductor Pitch Night
Dec
5
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Pitch Night

Join us for the Conductor Pitch Night on December 5th at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 
 

The Conductor Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by December 1st to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Dec. 5
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oaLHMf
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.


Startup Grind with Rush Harding
Jul
20
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Grind with Rush Harding

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp
Jul
17
Jul 21

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp

  • University of Central Arkansas

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp: It's marketing meets middle school for five fun days this summer! Join the teams from Eric Rob & Isaac Advertising and the University of Central Arkansas' University Relations & Creative Services Department to create a campaign for a new UCA-inspired coffee for Blue Sail Coffee!

Brand Camp is July 17-21 on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Campers will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is open to incoming 5th-7th graders. Students will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to develop a new coffee flavor, design the packaging, write and shoot their own TV commercial and get hands-on experience with brand development. The camp will culminate with a Presentation Day, during which the student teams will present their campaigns to real clients.

To apply, please fill out the registration form here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eric-rob-isaacs-brand-camp-tickets-33347492247.

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp is powered by the University of Central Arkansas and the Conductor.

 

1 Million Cups Conway
Jul
12
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • The Cave

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Conductor Mentor Network
Jul
11
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Mentor Network

Join us for the Conductor Mentor Network meeting on July 11th at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 


We'll hear presentations from Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and provide feedback and mentorship for specific challenges or opportunities they present to the group.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by July 7th to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Jul. 11
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2oaBD65
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

Please provide feedback for the presenters using these forms:

Startup Grind with Christina Madsen
Jun
28
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Grind with Christina Madsen

  • The Cave

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on Thursday, June 28 at the Cave (242 S. Donaghey Ave) with Christina Madsen as the featured guest.

1 Million Cups Conway
Jun
14
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
Jun
7
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Conductor Pitch Night
Jun
6
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Pitch Night

Join us for the Conductor Pitch Night on June 6th at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 
 

The Conductor Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by June 2nd to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Jun. 6
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2nSZJzE
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

1 Million Cups Conway
May
31
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
May
24
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
May
22
May 26

Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

  • University of Central Arkansas McCastlain Hall

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a join initiative with the Conductor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and BioVentures. The week-long residential camp will be held at the University of Central Arkansas, and is open to college students around the state. The camp will teach students the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, and give them the opportunity to formulate new health science ventures.

The Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will guide students through an immersive, five-day training program in which they learn how to start and fund an entrepreneurial venture, meet with influential faculty, entrepreneurs and mentors and become exposed to entity filing, patents and legal issues in entrepreneurship. Students will form teams, create and refine new venture ideas and talk to potential customers. The week-long camp will conclude with a Demo Day, during which the public is invited to watch the teams present their new venture ideas. Demo Day will be held at UCA on Friday, May 26.

The Conductor will be accepting up to 50 students for the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. The residential camp is all-expenses-paid, and is funded through UAMS, BioVentures and the Conductor. Eligible students are rising juniors and seniors at Arkansas colleges and universities.

Details

When: May 22-26
Who: Rising juniors and seniors at Arkansas colleges and universities
Where: University of Central Arkansas
Cost: This residential camp is all-expenses-paid for accepted students.

 

Applications

Please apply here for the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Bootcamp:

1 Million Cups Conway
May
17
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
May
10
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
May
3
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Conductor Mentor Network
May
2
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Mentor Network

  • UCA Downtown

Join us for the Conductor Mentor Network meeting on May 2nd at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. 


We'll hear presentations from Arkansas-based entrepreneurs, and provide feedback and mentorship for specific challenges or opportunities they present to the group.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by April 28th to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, May 2
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2nT6UrL
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.

FAQs:

What is the Conductor Mentor Network?

The Conductor Mentor Network is an all-volunteer group of business and community leaders who are willing to volunteer time to meet with and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Network provides subject matter expertise in business and technology to the community from seasoned professionals to startup founders and small business owners.

How does the Conductor Mentor Network function?

The CMN meets on a monthly basis for networking and group mentoring of entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. This group mentoring may take multiple different formats. In addition, guidelines and training are provided to both mentors and mentees, along with a framework to measure founder progress against milestones.

How frequently does the Conductor Mentor Network meet?

The CMN will meet monthly. In odd- numbered months, the CMN will meet specifically to provide group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. In even-numbered months, the CMN will meet in conjunction with the Conductor Angel Network with companies who are specifically seeking investment. This will be a critical part of the development and education of the Conductor Mentor Network.

1 Million Cups Conway
Apr
26
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Startup Grind with Rhea Lana Riner
Apr
20
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Grind with Rhea Lana Riner

  • Conway Corporation

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

About Rhea Lana Riner

In 1997, Rhea Lana Riner began her small business as a young mom with three small children after her husband changed careers, taking her family from a corporate salary to a ministry salary. Like so many people, she had a passion for fashion, but on a limited budget, she could not afford to dress her children as she hoped.  Knowing many other moms who experienced the same challenge, she came up with an idea that would help them all: she invited a few friends to a small event in her living room to buy and sell their children’s used clothing. The positive feedback from the first event was overwhelming, and she quickly realized that there was an eager market among families of all kinds for gently used children’s clothing.  

 From this humble beginning, Rhea Lana’s was born and grew. Now twenty years later Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems supports 90 franchises operating in 23 states and has received numerous awards.  Entrepreneur Magazine has ranked Rhea Lana’s one of their Top 500 Franchises in 2017Franchising Gator’s Top 100 fastest growing franchises in 2017 and named Rhea Lana’s among the Top 200 fastest growing franchises in 2016. The organization has been recognized as a Top 50 Franchise for franchisee satisfaction in 2017 by Franchise Business Review.   Rhea Lana and her business have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Bloomberg Business. She has also been featured on numerous television and radio broadcasts and in the International Franchise Association’s publication. Additional awards include Top 200 Fastest Growing Franchises in 2016, Top Retailer, Top 50 Franchise Business, Silver Stevie Business Award for Maverick of the Year, the Silver Stevie Award for Woman of the Year, and the Bronze Stevie Award for Company of the Year. 

As a champion in her industry Rhea Lana Riner has appeared in Washington DC before the Senate HELP committee to discuss Women in the Workforce and before the House subcommittee for Workforce Protections.  She is frequently a speaker on entrepreneurship, women in business, social media in business and the franchising model.  Rhea Lana lives in Conway, Arkansas with her husband Dave.  They enjoy visiting their grown children in Oklahoma and Texas.

G60 Pitch Contest
Apr
20
1:30 pm13:30

G60 Pitch Contest

  • The Cave

The G60 Pitch Contest is an event created to promote startups, improve contestants' communication skills, and to increase "creative collisions" in emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems. Come sling your story and seize some startup glory in 60 seconds or less.

Attendees: Open to anyone! Bring your friends, family, and business colleagues.

Contestants: Open to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Contestant Rules: No slides. No notes. Only one contestant can speak per pitch. A contestant can only pitch one time during the event.

Attendees will be angel investors, business leaders, community supporters, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking to have a great time!!

PRIZES!!!! Two $1000 cash prizes will be given. One $1000 cash prize will be awarded by audience vote as the People's Choice. The second $1000 cash prize will be awarded by the judges' vote.

Featuring successful local entrepreneur guest judges.

More details on the event here: http://www.g60contest.com/

Come on out and have a great time!!!

Contestants & guests please RSVP.

1 Million Cups Conway
Apr
19
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
Apr
12
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • The Cave

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

1 Million Cups Conway
Apr
5
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

Conductor Angel Network Reception
Apr
4
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Angel Network Reception

  • UCA Downtown

Join the Conductor Mentor Network, regional investors, community members and students for the Conductor Angel Network Reception!
The Conductor Angel Network provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups.
The group will hear pitches from Monta Fleming of By Day, and Unni Peroth of Bfonics. Each pitch will be 10-minutes long, followed by five minutes of Q&A from our mentors and audience members in attendance.
The Conductor Angel Network Reception is at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. RSVP to reserve your spot!

Startup Grind with Roby Brock
Mar
30
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Grind with Roby Brock

  • Conway Corporation

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on March 30 with Roby Brock as the featured speaker. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the fireside chat will start at 6 p.m.

1 Million Cups Conway
Mar
29
9:00 am09:00

1 Million Cups Conway

  • Donaghey Hall

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Afterward, each startup receives feedback via an audience survey and from the local organizers in their city. 

The culture surrounding 1 Million Cups is that of a supportive, neutral space welcoming entrepreneurs to be open and honest about their businesses and the challenges they face.

High School Startup Day
Mar
16
9:30 am09:30

High School Startup Day

  • University of Central Arkansas

Who: Junior Achievement High School Teams & Noble Impact Facilitation

When: Thursday, March 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)

Where: University of Central Arkansas

Sponsors: Startup Junkie Consulting, University of Central Arkansas

The Conductor, in partnership with Junior Achievement and Noble Impact, will host a High School Startup Day with students across the state. The event will give students an opportunity to work in teams while addressing educational issues that relate to their specific needs. They will work closely with community mentors and will formulate ideas for solutions. A final pitch will be given to professionals from the social and business sector that will serve as judges.

Agenda

9:30 a.m.: Welcome

9:45 a.m.: Student teams begin working on the issue and problem statement

10:00 a.m.: Mentors arrive to offer guidance and research of problem in full swing

10:30 a.m.: Student teams identify stakeholders and formulate survey for distribution

10:45 a.m.: Quick Check-In with lead facilitator

11:15 a.m.: Student teams start creating pitch decks (google slides) and formulate signature story

11:30 a.m.: Working Lunch

11:45 a.m.: Student teams submit pitch deck to lead organizer

12:00 p.m.: Pitches Begin (2 minutes each)

12:55 p.m.: Winners Announced

1:00 p.m.: Students Depart

Outcomes

  • Students will learn new startup approaches to address issues and pitch innovative ideas
  • Students will receive feedback from local entrepreneurs that will serve as mentors for the event
  • Students will understand the importance of utilizing an entrepreneurial skill set to solve problems

About Conductor

The Conductor, a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting, drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support and collaboration.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through partnerships between businesses and educators, JA’s curricula helps K-12 students connect the dots between the classroom and the real-world. They currently have over 500 volunteers and reach over 13,000 students in Arkansas annually.

About Noble Impact

Noble Impact engages students and teachers through relevant and purpose-driven experiences focused on the intersection of public service and entrepreneurship. With certified curriculum through the Department of Arkansas Career Education, Noble Impact has an official program of study available for all Arkansas High Schools.

Conductor Mentor Network Meeting
Mar
7
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Mentor Network Meeting

What is the Conductor Mentor Network?

The Conductor Mentor Network (CMN) is an all-volunteer group of business and community leaders who are willing to volunteer time to meet with and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Network provides subject matter expertise in business and technology to the community from seasoned professionals to startup founders and small business owners. 

How does the Conductor Mentor Network function?

The CMN meets on a monthly basis for networking and group mentoring of entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. This group mentoring may take multiple different formats. In addition, guidelines and training are provided to both mentors and mentees, along with a framework to measure founder progress against milestones. 

How frequently will the Conductor Mentor Network meet?

The CMN will meet monthly. In odd- numbered months, the CMN will meet specifically to provide group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. In even-numbered months (beginning in February), the CMN will meet in conjunction with the Conductor Angel Network with companies who are specifically seeking investment. This will be a critical part of the development and education of the Conductor Mentor Network. 

One-on-one Mentoring: 

It is anticipated that some members of the CMN may have an “affinity” for a particular entrepreneur or company and want to engage more deeply in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. When this occurs, the Conductor only asks that this involvement be duly registered with the Conductor and that proper, “arms-length” involvement be maintained (i.e. no charge for services during the one-on-one engagement). 

Value for Mentors: 

In addition to providing group and personal mentoring to entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Conductor Mentor Network seeks to provide value back to the Mentors in the form of strong personal relationships, learning and development around the topics of entrepreneurship, venture development, venture investing, and other topics of interest to Members. It is expected that a fourth to a third of CMN will be focused on such topics. 

Startup Grind with Jamie Fugitt
Feb
23
5:00 pm17:00

Startup Grind with Jamie Fugitt

  • Conway Corporation

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

The Conductor will host Startup Grind on Feb. 23 with Jamie Fugitt as the featured speaker. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the fireside chat will start at 6 p.m.

Conductor Angel Network Reception
Feb
7
5:00 pm17:00

Conductor Angel Network Reception

Join us for the Conductor Angel Network Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at UCA Downtown at 5 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies:

Mortgage Peer Network
SkoSay
Zero Dark Thirty

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 3 to reserve your spot.

Where: UCA Downtown
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2kMgwlV
Questions: Please contact Kim Lane at Kim@ARConductor.org.