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.

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Idea Fame Live Contest @ UCA Football - Win $1,000
Nov
18
1:00 PM13:00
GEW

Idea Fame Live Contest @ UCA Football - Win $1,000

The IdeaFame Live Contest is the in-person version of www.IdeaFame.com. IdeaFame Live is an event created to promote startups & new ideas, and to increase "creative collisions" in emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems. Come pitch your new business, product, service, or solution for a chance to win BIG!

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How to Finance Your Startup: A Panel Discussion
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00
GEW

How to Finance Your Startup: A Panel Discussion

How to Finance Your Startup: A Panel Discussion with Jason Culpepper, Community President of Simmons Bank; Kevin Griffin, Executive Vice President of Exchange Capital; Kenny Kinley, Co-Founder of Cadron Creek Capital; and Herbert Lawrence, Lender Relations Specialist at the US Small Business Administration

Don't miss this panel discussion with experts representing venture financing, alternate financing, bank loans and SBA lending. Learn what you need to know to finance your company, and get your financial questions answered.

This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Minority & Women-Owned Businesses: What to Know and Where to Start with Pat Brown
Nov
17
8:30 AM08:30
GEW

Minority & Women-Owned Businesses: What to Know and Where to Start with Pat Brown

Minority & Women-Owned Businesses: What to Know and Where to Start with Pat Brown

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise division at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) promotes the growth and sustainability of minority and women-owned business enterprises by providing them with real world technical and professional assistance, certification, procurement, networking, capital and contracting opportunities while utilizing AEDC's partners in state and federal government, higher education, lending institutions and the private sector.

In this workshop, Pat Brown, the Director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise at AEDC, will lead a discussion on the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise division, and what you need to know as a minority or woman-owned business.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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How to Deliver the Perfect Pitch with Professor Ron Duggins
Nov
16
1:30 PM13:30
GEW

How to Deliver the Perfect Pitch with Professor Ron Duggins

  • UCA College of Business (Room 315) (map)
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How to Deliver the Perfect Pitch with Professor Ron Duggins

Want to hone your pitch and storytelling techniques? Don't miss this Pitch Workshop with UCA's Innovation & Entrepreneurship professor Ron Duggins! Learn tips and best practices for crafting a compelling pitch, what to avoid, etc. This is a workshop you don't want to miss!

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your spot.

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Intellectual Property and Technology Law with Amanda Denton of PPGMR Law
Nov
16
11:30 AM11:30
GEW

Intellectual Property and Technology Law with Amanda Denton of PPGMR Law

  • Conway Chamber of Commerce (2nd Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Intellectual Property and Technology Law with Amanda Denton of PPGMR Law

Have you secured your intellectual property rights? Do you need counceling on your online presence, privacy policies, social media or data handling? Knowledge is power, and this workshop will give you the tools you need to run your business the right way.

An associate with PPGMR Law, Amanda Denton’s practice focuses on intellectual property and technology law. Denton previously served as an attorney at a law firm in Washington D.C., Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office and an international trade and intellectual property advisor with the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
 
Denton advises clients on securing intellectual property rights throughout the lifecycle of innovation and the creative process, including the development of new products, transactions, and actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office. Denton has extensive experience representing clients before U.S. intellectual property agencies on matters of domestic policy and U.S. trade agencies and foreign governments on matters related to the export of intellectual property and technology-based goods and services. Her expertise of U.S. trade relations, and of foreign legal regimes in intellectual property and data protection, has helped businesses make smart foreign investments and address trade barriers to maximize their sales.

Denton also provides counsel on matters related to businesses’ online presence and digital activities, including privacy policies, social media, communications and data handling. Through her years of experience in digital technology and intellectual property, Denton has assisted clients in navigating regulatory structures related to Internet governance, domain registrar operations, privacy law and data security regulations, marketing and advertising regulations, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Marketing for Startups: Learn How to Be Your Own Ad Agency: A Panel Discussion with Eric Rob & Isaac
Nov
16
8:30 AM08:30
GEW

Marketing for Startups: Learn How to Be Your Own Ad Agency: A Panel Discussion with Eric Rob & Isaac

  • Conway Chamber of Commerce (2nd Floor) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Marketing for Startups: Learn How to Be Your Own Ad Agency: A Panel Discussion with Eric Rob & Isaac

Don't miss this panel discussion with Eric Rob & Isaac, where you'll learn how to functing as your own advertising agency in your small business. Learn about SWOT analysis, strategic marketing, social and digital marketing and the tools you need to make your small business look like a big business.

This will be an interactive panel discussion, with time for Q&A at the end.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Customize a Thanksgiving Cutting Board!
Nov
14
11:30 AM11:30

Customize a Thanksgiving Cutting Board!

GEW: Customize a Thanksgiving Cutting Board!

Want to bring something special to the Thanksgiving table this year? Personalize a cutting board on our laser engraver in this lunchtime workshop! We'll walk you through the process of using a laser engraver, then teach you how to engrave your cutting board.

Please bring your own cutting board and laptop!

This class is open to ages 18+, and seating is limited. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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High School Startup Day 2017
Nov
14
9:30 AM09:30
GEW

High School Startup Day 2017

About

The impetus behind High School Startup Day is to give students a platform to identify and analyze real-world problems, and collaborate with their peers to conceptualize tangible solutions.

How

High School Startup Day guides students through an intensive, one-day workshop in which they learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship (financial literacy, market research, customer discovery, identifying key stakeholders, etc.), work in teams to solve problems, build their social networks with other high schoolers from around the state, and formulate and present final presentations to a panel of judges.

Where

McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas

The Problem

It is integral to the students’ adoption of the workshop that they have a vested interest in the problem they are trying to solve. The prompt for the day-long workshop is to work in teams to attempt to solve a problem you face in high school education. The workshop will force students to think critically about the problems they face: who are the key stakeholders involved? Do other people identify with this problem? How can you test the market to validate this problem?

Who Can Come:

Any high school in Arkansas is invited to participate in High School Startup Day. There is room for 16 schools to participate, and spots are first-come, first-served. Each school may bring 1 team of 6 students.

Judges:

The presentation portion of the event is open to the public, and will be judged by industry experts and college faculty.

Details:

High School Startup Day is Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University of Central Arkansas. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-school-startup-day-2017-tickets-36246391934.

Prizes

High School Startup Day ends with an open pitch portion, where student groups present their ideas to a panel of judges. The first- and second-place teams will win prizes.

High School Startup Day is presented by the Conductor, Junior Achievement of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting and Arkansas Capital Corporation.

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3D Print Your Own Thanksgiving Cookie Cutters!
Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

3D Print Your Own Thanksgiving Cookie Cutters!

Get in the holiday spirit at our Thanksgiving Cookie Cutter Workshop! Makers of all ages will learn how to use the 3D printer, then 3D print their own Thanksgiving-themed cookie cutter. Then, enjoy testing out your new cookie cutter with our Play-Doh in the Makerspace.

This event is open to makers of all ages. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Sales for Startups with Glenn Crockett
Nov
13
11:30 AM11:30
GEW

Sales for Startups with Glenn Crockett

Want to take your sales skills to the next level? Glenn Crockett, founder of Dave Creek Media, brings over two decades of experience working with everything from small-medium companies to Fortune 1000 companies and larger. He spent the last 25 years with Acxiom Corporation in a variety of leadership roles most recently as Senior Director of Sales within the Audience Solutions Division.

Join Glenn for our Sales for Startups workshop on Monday, Nov. 13 from 11:30a-1p.!

Agenda:

11:30 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. 

12:00 p.m. Sales for Startups with Glenn kicks off.

1:00 p.m. - Conclusion of Sales for Startups.


This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Government Contracting Step-by-Step with Wanda May (Business Opportunity Specialist at the SBA), and Mary Love (Arkansas Government Contracting Specialist at the Cooperative Extension Service)
Nov
13
8:30 AM08:30

Government Contracting Step-by-Step with Wanda May (Business Opportunity Specialist at the SBA), and Mary Love (Arkansas Government Contracting Specialist at the Cooperative Extension Service)

Government Contracting Step-by-Step with Wanda May (Business Opportunity Specialist at the SBA), and Mary Love (Arkansas Government Contracting Specialist at the Cooperative Extension Service)

What is Government Contracting? Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses every year? Government contracts offer opportunities for small businesses, but there's an art to selling to the government.

Learn what you need to know about Government Contracting in this workshop led by contracting experts!

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your spot!

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read more about our workshops, events and pitch competitions here: http://www.arconductor.org/gew/.

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Conductor To Donate Entrepreneur Kid Book Sets to Faulkner County Schools in Gifting Ceremony
Nov
2
1:30 PM13:30

Conductor To Donate Entrepreneur Kid Book Sets to Faulkner County Schools in Gifting Ceremony

CONWAY--The Conductor, a public-private partnership driving innovation and economic empowerment in Central Arkansas, is gifting a set of Entrepreneur Kid books to every elementary school in Faulkner County in a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in UCA’s Makerspace, Powered by the Conductor. Superintendents and principals from each of the 20 elementary schools in Faulkner County will receive the signed books during the event.

The gift is indicative of the Conductor’s Entrepreneurial Talent Development Initiative, which catalyzes entrepreneurial education and opportunities in K-12 students, college students and the community. The Entrepreneur Kid books will enable young students to be exposed to entrepreneurial, problem-solving concepts in a relatable, easy-to-read format.

“Talent development is a very important focus for the Conductor,” said Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor. “We think it is critical that students, teachers, administrators and parents understand that entrepreneurship is a viable career path. The Entrepreneur Kid books do a great job of helping us tell that story. Even if the students with whom we come into contact don’t go on to start their own businesses, it’s important to also let them know that even established companies look to hire innovative, entrepreneurial talent.”

Present at the ceremony will be UCA President Houston Davis; Dr. Victoria Groves-Scott, Dean of the College of Education at UCA; Lance Stokes, founder of Lauren James; and author Erica Swallow. The books will be presented by Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor, and Kim Lane, COO of the Conductor.

“I wrote these books with educators in mind,” Swallow said. “Every book ends with a question meant to open up discussion, whether in a classroom setting or with parents: ‘Now it’s your turn … What problems do you want to solve in the world?’ I can’t wait to hear what the educators of Faulkner County think about the potential for introducing kids to entrepreneurship through this series.”

Representatives from the Faulkner County schools will also tour the Makerspace and learn more about the field trips, hands-on events and student-focused programming in the space. Since its launch in September, the Makerspace has reached over 200 students in the area, trained 100 community members in its Maker Certification program, and facilitated field trips with elementary, high school and college students.

The Entrepreneur Kid Book Gifting Ceremony is open to community members and makers of all ages.


About the Conductor

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

About UCA’s Makerspace, Powered by the Conductor

UCA’s Makerspace, Powered by the Conductor, is a place for students and the community to make, design and dream. The Makerspace is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and holds regular community classes, workshops and Maker Certification training for people of all ages. All of the classes and events in the Makerspace are free and open to the public.

About Entrepreneur Kid

Entrepreneur Kid is focused on inspiring children everywhere to think creatively and solve problems. The Entrepreneur Kid picture book series showcases the true stories of four real kid entrepreneurs who have started and continue to manage real businesses. Written by technology journalist and entrepreneur Erica Swallow, and illustrated by graphic designer Li Zeng, the series is a tool for introducing children to the concepts of entrepreneurship, perseverance, creative thinking, and philanthropy.

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Conductor Pitch Night
Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

Conductor Pitch Night

Join us for the Conductor Pitch Night on October 3rd at UCA's Makerspace. 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.

Alese Stroud will present on Corporate Insight Strategy. Bob Joblin will present on Magic Dirt Horticultural Products. John Foley will present on Edible Education. The panel of experts will include John Nabholz, Mike Forrest and Ron Duggins.

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

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

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