The Conductor announced a partnership Jan. 24 with Metova, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Startup Junkie to launch the 10x Cyber Accelerator, a 20-week accelerator designed to scale Arkansas’ high-growth tech and tech-enabled ventures.

The accelerator will provide targeted support to growth-oriented ventures with a specific focus on offering recommendations for scalable software and world-class cybersecurity technology.

“As a world leader in mobile, web and cybersecurity, Metova is proud to support Arkansas’ high-growth ventures through this demand-driven, open-innovation accelerator model,” Chief Operating Officer GB Cazes said. “The entrepreneurial programming paired with intense assessment and improvement in cybersecurity and code scalability will be a difference-maker for the state’s high-potential companies.”

The application period for the 10x Cyber Accelerator opened Jan. 24 and is due Feb. 16.

The inaugural cohort will be announced Feb. 23.

The 20-week accelerator will begin on March 6 and will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in Conway.

The program will run through June 19 and will culminate with a demo day that will be open to the public.

The 10X Cyber Accelerator program consists of a growth-oriented, practical, peer-driven entrepreneurship education curriculum, management assistance and support services, access to capital and connection to an expanded network.

The program is designed to provide the foundation needed to accelerate companies’ annual revenues and develop resilient software and cybersecurity technology platforms.

“This accelerator has the ability to change the face of Arkansas’ technology and entrepreneurial landscape,” Arkansas Economic Commission Executive Director Mike Preston said. “The AEDC is proud to be supporting this program.”

Eligible companies are Arkansas-based, growth-oriented firms with annual average revenues from $100,000 to $10,000,000.

Selected companies must commit to having at least one member and up to two members of the senior executive team available, engaged, and in attendance at program meetings.

During the 20-week program, required meetings will be once a week for up to three hours.

Twenty companies will be selected for the inaugural cohort of the accelerator.

Glenn Crockett, co-founder and CEO of Dave Creek Media, will serve as the director of the 10x Cyber Accelerator.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with these businesses and helping them use technology to reach their fullest potential,” Crockett said. “I’m excited to carve out time to help companies accelerate growth within our state.”

For more information about the 10x Cyber Accelerator, visit arconductor.org/10xcyberaccelerator.

Eligible companies are invited to apply to the Accelerator at http://bit.ly/2FS8IdW.