Company leaders cite city's technology focus and business climate among key factors for decision
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 16, 2022) – Global cybersecurity provider Sequretek announced Tuesday the opening of their U.S. headquarters in The Little Rock Technology Park citing the innovative technology focus, talent access and growth-friendly business environment as top reasons for naming Little Rock, Arkansas their new corporate home.
“When I began my computer science initiative in 2015, my goal was to increase the quantity and quality of our state’s tech talent,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Today, I’m proud of everything we have accomplished, and the result is that companies like SequreTek have their eyes on Arkansas as a leader in technology. I’m pleased to welcome them to Arkansas and want to thank the Venture Center for their efforts in recruiting and nurturing tech companies here.”
Based in India, the company plans to hire fifty new specialized positions in Little Rock over the next three years; 90 percent of which will pay six-figure salaries. Sequretek’s leaders first visited Arkansas to participate in the award-winning FIS Fintech Accelerator in 2020, hosted in partnership with The Venture Center. Since its 2016 inception, the accelerator has graduated more than 80 alumni, 94 percent of which are still active or have been acquired.
“We are excited to officially announce the opening of Sequretek’s U.S. headquarters in Little Rock and are thrilled to be a part of the local business ecosystem,” said Anand Naik, Sequretek’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We would like to thank Governor Hutchinson's office, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Venture Center for their focused-recruitment and initiatives that resulted in our locating here. We aim to be one of the region’s best technology employers for nurturing and developing talent in the areas of Cybersecurity, Data Science and AI while serving U.S. and international markets.”
“Sequretek selecting Little Rock is another example of a world-class company experience what our city has to offer and choosing to grow here,” added Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. “We’re excited as this decision further diversifies our economic vitality and gives our citizens even more economic opportunity.”
The new headquarters announcement was made during an opening session of The Venture Center’s new financial technology summit, VenCent, tailored to foster dialogue, synergies and innovation for the nation’s banks and leading financial services providers.
could have chosen anywhere in the country to locate their headquarters and they
chose Little Rock,” said Jim Cargill, 2022 Chairman of the Little Rock Regional
Chamber. “This decision speaks volumes about the entrepreneurial ecosystem and
innovative workforce that companies can find in Central Arkansas.”
With more than 450 attendees, the VenCent Summit offers live product demonstrations from 70 of The Venture Center’s accelerator alumni, presentations from financial technology and finance-related subject matter experts, along with purposeful collaboration, educational and networking opportunities. Learn more at vencentsummit.com.
Sequretek has a vision – to enable customers to grow without fear as their trusted advisor by simplifying security. Sequretek offers end-to-end security in the areas of enterprise threat monitoring, visibility, incident response (Percept XDR), device security (Percept EDR), identity & access governance (Percept IGA) through their own AI-driven Percept Cloud Security Platform (CSP).
In 2021, Percept CSP processed over a trillion events and prevented 50,000 attacks for its customers. The platform was featured by Gartner in its recent Tech Innovator report on "AI in Attack Detection", Avasant in their latest RadarView on Cybersecurity (April 2022), and other industry analysts for Percept Platforms ability to handle security data from all environments, use AI for threat detection and mitigation. Learn more at sequretek.com.
About The Venture Center
The Venture Center’s immersive accelerator programs are designed to accelerate the growth of early-to-growth-stage companies and help validate their solutions for real-world problems. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity for early-to-growth stage fintech companies to connect with financial institution executives, receive investment, and learn from a comprehensive curriculum aiding in strategically addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges. Learn more at venturecenter.co. Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@VentureCenter), and Instagram.
About Little Rock Chamber
The Little Rock Regional Chamber is the principal business-driven leadership organization responsible for fostering the economic growth and development of the Little Rock region to ensure that business and industry may operate profitably and enhance the earning opportunities and quality of life for every citizen. For more information, visit littlerockchamber.com.
About Arkansas Economic Development Commission
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), a division of the Arkansas Department of Commerce, seeks to create economic opportunity by attracting higher-paying jobs, expanding, and diversifying local economies in the state, increasing incomes and investment, and generating growth throughout The Natural State. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act on corporate interests quickly and decisively. For more information, visit www.ArkansasEDC.com. The Arkansas Department of Commerce is the umbrella department for workforce and economic development drivers. Its divisions and regulatory boards include Division of Aeronautics, Waterways Commission, Wine Producers Council, Division of Workforce Services, Office of Skills Development, State Bank Department, Insurance Department, Securities Department, Economic Development Commission and Development Finance Authority. It was established July 2019 as part of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s wide-sweeping efficiency and transformation efforts to reduce 42 cabinet agencies to 15 while maintaining services for all Arkansans.