Applications are being accepted through Sept. 4 for up to eight central Arkansas startups to participate in “Spark!,” a pre-accelerator program that offers free office space and other perks. Qualifying applicants must be central Arkansas startup companies with full-time company founders and annual revenue of at least $50,000. In addition to office space at The Venture Center in Little Rock, the 14-week program will provide the startups with mentorship and other resources designed to propel small businesses to the next level of growth, according to a news release. Local subject matter experts will mentor participants in areas including business pitches, media, and legal, intellectual property and funding issues. The program also offers the opportunity to pitch at Pitch ‘N Pint on Dec. 10, as well as deeply discounted parking fees and conference rooms for meetings. More information and applications are available at venturecenter.co/spark. “Spark!” is jointly sponsored by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Venture Center. — Noel Oman Breakups possible, FTC tells tech firms The head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said he’s prepared to break up major technology platforms if necessary by undoing their past mergers as his agency investigates whether companies including Facebook… Read full this story
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