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Home to large and small innovative companies in various sectors, Little Rock embraces pioneering companies like Acxiom, Stephens Inc., Fidelity Information Systems (FIS), PrivacyStar, Bond.Ai, and Dillard's to name a few. The U of A - Little Rock has a Department of Information Sciences, Department of Computer Sciences, and Department of Information Quality that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, the University of Central Arkansas houses the Arkansas Coding Academy and Cybersecurity program.
Stephens Inc., with offices in leading cities across the country, is a privately-held independent financial services firm focused on building value for companies, state and local governments, institutions and high-net-worth investors.
Dillard's, with over 300 locations in 29 states and publicly traded (NYSE: DDS), is one of the nation’s largest fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishings retailers.
Windstream Communications provides broadband Internet, phone service and digital TV packages to residential customers, as well as products and services for businesses and governmental agencies. Windstream is publicly traded (NASDAQ; WIN).
Acxiom, a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: ACXM), is the developer of some of the largest and most sophisticated business intelligence and marketing databases in the world.
The Venture Center
The Venture Center promotes and facilitates the growth of entrepreneurial and technology development at the grassroots level in Central Arkansas.
Little Rock Tech Park
An innovation district designed to enable new forms of enterprise, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and commercialization of ideas within and between Arkansas’ entrepreneur, private, government and academic sectors.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, through programs and partnerships, is creating a collaborative ecosystem of innovation that will drive economic development along with unique opportunities for hands-on training and experience at its Innovation Center.
Little Rock is the birthplace of FinTech, and the VC FinTech Accelerator, empowered by FIS, is a rigorous 12-week program designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage financial technology ventures.
David Hudson, founder of web design and mobile applications company Few
There are many in the tech industry that think of designers and developers as commodities. This line of thinking simply doesn’t work any more. At any time, with little to no overhead, a skilled coder with ambition can become an entrepreneur and change the world. There’s never been a better time in history to do something great, and there are few better places to do it than Arkansas. The governor says Arkansas is open for business. You better believe we are.