Arkansas Leads in Business incubation

Arkansas is leading the way in providing new and existing businesses with the room to grow and develop. In every corner of the state, there are incubators and accelerators for several different industries including tech, healthcare, and finance.

Visit our entrepreneurial resources page here for more information on how Arkansas supports companies looking to startup, grow or expand.

Resources for Technology Startups

University of Arkansas Research & Technology Park

The mission of the University of Arkansas Research & Technology Park is to stimulate a knowledge-based economy in the state of Arkansas through partnerships that lead to new opportunities for learning and discovery, that build and retain a knowledge-based workforce and that spawn the development of new technologies that enrich the economic base of Arkansas.

Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center

The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center is a university-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned. We help with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation.

Little Rock Technology Park

​The Little Rock Technology Park’s charge is to create an innovation center enabling new forms of enterprise, collaboration, knowledge-sharing and commercialization of ideas within and between Arkansas’ entrepreneur, private, government and academic sectors.

Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit was founded by technologists for technologists to build a community around people building innovative solutions to challenges on a local and global scale.

 

Catalyst Innovation Center

The Catalyst Innovation Center is a business incubator for bioscience, engineering and technology startups. 

Genesis Tech Incubator

GENESIS is a technology-oriented business incubator located at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas. GENESIS offers a variety of services to qualifying technology-intensive entrepreneurs who desire to base their operations here during the critical early stages of company development. 

Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play is the ultimate innovation platform, bringing together the best startups and the world’s largest corporations through accelerator programs, corporate innovation, and investment.

Fuel Accelerator

Fuel is a 12-week enterprise-ready accelerator that matches growth-stage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) startups with key enterprise partners in order to accelerate the development of tangible technology solutions.

Resources for Financial Startups

    FIS Fintech Accelerator

    FIS is the world's largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. FIS empowers the financial world with payment processing and banking solutions, including software, services, and technology outsourcing. If you want to partner with or sell to financial institutions, the FIS Fintech Accelerator can get you there faster than you ever thought possible.

    ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator

    The ICBA is the voice for nearly 5,000 community banks in the USA, representing banks with $4.9 Trillion in assets and $3.9 Trillion in deposits that have over $3.3 Trillion in loans. It is the only national association dedicated exclusively to serving and protecting the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers they serve. If you are interested in maximizing your company’s customer viability through a robust community banking network, the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator is for you.

    Resources for Healthcare Startups

      Health InnovatAR

      Health InnovatAR is a HealthTech accelerator and early-stage investment fund that’s for providers and by providers. We target the convergence of healthcare and technology: digital health, connected medical devices, and diagnostic platforms.

      BioVentures

      BioVentures was established as a formal outgrowth of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' interest in promoting a biomedical technology industry for Arkansas and translating its research into products that benefit human health. 

      HealthTech Arkansas

      HealthTech Arkansas is a healthcare accelerator and investment fund that connects early-stage healthcare companies with disruptive technologies to Arkansas healthcare providers. We target the intersection of technology and healthcare in three categories: digital health (software), connected medical devices, and diagnostic platforms. 

       

      Catalyst Innovation Center

      The Catalyst Innovation Center is a business incubator for bioscience, engineering and technology startups. 

       

      Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

      The Conductor, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and BioVentures are hosting the Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Boot Camp a camp for undergraduate students around the state. The camp creates entrepreneurial and interactive learning opportunities for students and guides them through entrepreneurial processes of starting and funding a health sciences venture with their peers.