Arkansas Research and Technology Park to Co-Host Startup Crawl
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Research and Technology Park will co-host Startup Crawl, a celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Fayetteville.
The event highlights Fayetteville’s Downtown Innovation District and will feature the new University of Arkansas Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub and many local startups, including several companies located at the research park on the developing south side of Fayetteville.
“If you have a small company or just an idea for a start-up business, Fayetteville, Arkansas, is the place you want to be,” said Phil Stafford, president of the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation, which manages the research park. “The spirit of entrepreneurship here, while perhaps not unique, is so dynamic and progressive. Networking and support comes from many sources, including the university, the city of Fayetteville and other businesses.”
Startup Crawl – scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 – will kick off at the research park, 535 W. Research Center Blvd. in south Fayetteville. From 4 to 6 p.m., attendees will check in, tour the park and meet representatives of companies located there, including Wolfspeed, Ozark Integrated Circuits, WattGlass, SurfTec, Picasolar and others. Food and craft beer will be served and music will be provided by the band National Park Radio.
At 6 p.m., the event will move to downtown locations. For registration information, including tickets and a complete schedule of events and locations, visit Startup Crawl’s Eventbrite page or Facebook page.
The mission of the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation is to stimulate the knowledge-based economy in 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 to enrich the economic base in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Research and Technology Park has grown to encompass six cutting-edge facilities in south Fayetteville, including the Genesis Technology Incubator, the Innovation Center and the Enterprise Center, which each support emerging technology companies that contribute to Arkansas’ knowledge economy. The park also features the Engineering Research Center, the High Density Electronics Center and the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission. These facilities house laboratories where U of A researchers investigate solar energy, the power grid, sustainable pavement design, cancer treatment and many other areas.
The park’s partners include the city of Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, among others.
Phillip Stafford, president
University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation
Matt McGowan, science and research communications officer
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