November a busy month for startups

Arkansas entrepreneurs are on the move with Startup Weekend coming to a close in Fayetteville and Global Entrepreneurship Week kicking off tonight in Little Rock.

Global Entrepreneurship Week begins with a panel discussion, moderated by Alese Stroud, of the Stroud Consulting Group, on women entrepreneurs, featuring the founders, executives and CEOs of several popular networking and social media sites.

The event starts tonight at 5:30 p.m at the Little Rock Chamber. Speakers include Millie Ward, CEO of Stone Ward of Little Rock, Martina Welke, co-founder of, Nikka Umil, co-founder and co-CEO of Sooligan and Vanessa Brutschy, national accounts executive of InternMatch.

The week continues with events that showcase innovative entrepreneurial professionals and create environments to foster collaboration including the final Founder Celebration event on Friday.

Attendees are encouraged to discuss ideas and network with startup founders, leaders, technologists and support groups Friday at 6 p.m. at the Rev Room in Little Rock.

Startup Weekend wrapped up Nov. 9 in Jonesboro with IDEA Tech Festival at Arkansas State University. The weekend included a G60 pitch competition that set a new record of 39 pitches from local students and entrepreneurs.

ASU student LuLu Wang took home the $1,000 prize for her pitch about an innovative, energy-saving automatic window opener.

Brian Rogers, IDEA Tech Fest organizer and director of ASU Catalyst Innovation Accelerator, said the group is looking to have another event in the Spring, possibly March.

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