News Release - February 6, 2013
Arkansas Capital Celebrates Launch of Newly Designed
Arkansas SourceLink Website with Elevator Pitch Contest
Elevator Pitch Competition to Award Trip to South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX
LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Arkansas SourceLink, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, today announced the launch of its newly designed website, arksourcelink.com, geared toward helping start ups and small businesses get connected to the resources they need to be successful. To celebrate the new design and new tools, Arkansas Capital is sponsoring an online video pitch contest.
Entrepreneurs are invited to submit 60 second video elevator pitches at arksourcelink.com/sxsw. In order to participate, the company must be based in Arkansas and focus on innovation or emerging technologies. Arkansas Capital is also offering free use of its video team for interested teams. Full eligibility details and video capture availability can be found on arksourcelink.com/sxsw. The deadline to submit a pitch is Feb. 15.
Applicants submitting a 60-second video pitch will be ranked against competing submissions based on angel investor interest criteria. This may include the quality of the pitch, business viability, market opportunity, competitive advantage and management. Two employees from the winning company will receive a trip to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference March 8 – 12, 2013. The prize includes an allowance for airfare, lodging, festival pass, rental car, and meals valued at $8,600.
Judges committed to the competition so far include:
- Jeff Amerine, PMP – director, Technology Ventures at University of Arkansas
- Jeannette Balleza – director, ARK Challenge, Winrock International
- Sherry Howard – director, Arkansas Women’s Business, Winrock International
- Michael Singleton – innovation and market research manager, ASBTDC
- C. Sam Walls – president/CEO, Arkansas Capital Corporation
- Kristian Andersen – president, ka+a and founder, Gravity Ventures
- Ted Dickey – advisor, Innovate Arkansas
The newly designed arksourcelink.com site includes new, easier-to-use navigation, plus government resources, free and low cost resources available through the Resource Navigator. Additionally, Mentor Connect, which pairs mentees ad mentors, and Venture Connect, which will provide a means to allow entrepreneurs to present their companies and ideas to accredited investors, are also launching soon.
“With the announcement of this competition, I want encourage Arkansans to participate in South by Southwest,” said C. Sam Walls, chief executive officer, Arkansas Capital Corporation. “The web-based business pitch contest is also a great way to showcase all of the new resources now available on the new arksourcelink.com, and a fun way to reward a start up with a trip to one of the country’s largest conferences dedicated to innovation and technology.”
Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) is a privately held group of for-profit and non-profit corporations dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans. ACCG and its affiliate companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital to businesses through its capital availability programs and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational and technological improvements. ACCG serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched and today includes eight affiliates including Arkansas Capital Corporation (ACC), Six Bridges Capital Corporation (6BCC), Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation (ACRC), Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), Diamond State Ventures (DSV), Heartland Renaissance Fund (HRF), Connect Arkansas, and Pine State Capital (PSC).