I  The ARK


     Office Locations:

East Square Plaza, 1 East Center Street, Suite 270
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479-200-3089

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  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Retail & Restaurant



    Founded in 2011, The ARK Challenge is a mentorship-driven business accelerator program for technology startups in the retail, transportation and logistics, and food processing sectors throughout Northwest Arkansas. The ARK Challenge is made possible due to funding from three federal agencies, Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA), as well as Winrock International, Gravity Ventures, Fund for Arkansas' Future and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. It recruits and selects ten startup companies, comprised of 2-5 people each, to participate in a Northwest Arkansas-based entrepreneurial bootcamp challenge over the course of 14 weeks. In exchange for a 6% equity stake, companies receive $20,000, product development and design support, and networking with advisors and funders. The focus areas of the bootcamp include Customer Acquisition/Market Traction, Investor Relations and Programming/Product Development.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Jeannette Balleza Collins ARK Challenge Director
    Monica Selby COO of Serious Startups


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