Empowering Entrepreneurship: Startup Junkie Consulting Takes on Management Contract for Arkansas’s Tech Commercialization Center

Entrepreneurial Enthusiast Lands $1.1M Deal to Lead State Innovation Hub

In recent news, Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting LLC led a discussion on strategic growth planning for HFA in Bentonville, hosted by Dave Creek Media. This was followed by an announcement from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) that they have awarded the management contract for the Arkansas Statewide Technology Commercialization Center to Startup Junkie Consulting, 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. The goal of the program is to empower tech and tech-enabled ventures in Arkansas to scale their operations, create high-wage job opportunities, and drive technological innovation in the state. Clint O’Neal, executive director of AEDC, emphasized the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and growing high-tech companies in Arkansas.

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. The center plays a vital role in driving economic development across the state by providing resources and support to entrepreneurs and innovators.

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. Jeff Amerine, founder and managing director of Startup Junkie Consulting expressed gratitude for this partnership with AEDC in driving the development and growth of tech and tech-enabled ventures across Arkansas. He emphasized that entrepreneurialism is crucial for fostering economic empowerment and vitality

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