Video, Information Session Highlight New Venture Development Journey

From left: Flavia Araujo, Michael Dunavant, and Jared Greer of Lapovations LLC at the Rice University Business Plan Competition.
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From left: Flavia Araujo, Michael Dunavant, and Jared Greer of Lapovations LLC at the Rice University Business Plan Competition.

A new short video chronicles the experience of two interdisciplinary student teams who participated in the New Venture Development program in 2017-18.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas New Venture Development program is featured in a new short film that chronicles the experience two interdisciplinary graduate student teams across the 2017-2018 academic year. One of the teams, Lapovations, became the most successful student startup team in U of A history, winning seven national competitions and more than $305,000 in cash and investment prizes. The other, UChooze Lunchbox, competed with Lapovations in the elite Rice University  Business Plan Competition.

The two-semester New Venture Development sequence is the cornerstone of the Sam M. Walton College of Business Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a program intended for graduate students from any discipline who are interested in learning about the formation of high-growth, knowledge-based businesses.

An information session about the program will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub. Register at the Info Session and Networking event page.

About the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The mission of the University of Arkansas' Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to catalyze entrepreneurial activities and innovation across the university and throughout the state in order to build Arkansas' knowledge-based economy and support healthy, sustainable communities. Since 2009, University of Arkansas students have won more national business plan competitions — 27 in all — than any other institution.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Sarah Goforth, director of outreach
Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


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