Startup Arkansas, a new alliance of Arkansas entrepreneurs working toward an entrepreneurship/startup ecosystem for the state, is officially launching today at Hendrix College.

The launch will also feature ThinkBigArkansas, a public discussion by leaders on how to achieve the entrepreneurial ecosystem Startup Arkansas is working toward.

Brad Feld of Foundry and TechStars and Scott Case of Startup America Partnership and Priceline will be special guests.

Event co-organizer Luke Coleman said in a release he believes Arkansas needs a "startup ecosystem."

"I believe this will benefit not only startups and investors looking to invest in those startups, but also big business looking for tech talent," he said in the release.

Co-organizer David Moody said in a release that it is a good time for entrepreneurs in Arkansas to build upon the legacy of Walton, Tyson and Hunt.

"Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in U.S. history have been based in Arkansas. Momentum is growing for a new generation of Arkansans to build on these entrepreneurial roots," he said in the release.

Registration and more information can be found at www.startuparkansas.com.

(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at angela.spencer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212.)

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