Today we had the pleasure of listening to Bobby Franklin with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) speak.  This was all part of the lecture series at the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub.  The Hub recently had its grand opening and was proud to host such a distinguished speaker.

What is NVCA?

NVCA stands for the National Venture Capital Association and is the mouthpiece for venture capitalists across the country.  They advocate for policies that will help entrepreneurship, innovation and investment.

From their website:

Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs and working alongside them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth.

Why Does it Matter?

Venture capital helps fuel new businesses and business growth in general.  This investment creates wealth and jobs.  There is some concern about the environment surrounding investment from VCs because it is declining on the global scale.  The NVCA wants to stop this trend.  Or better yet, reverse this trend with initiatives and policies that stimulate VC investment.

VC Activity in US Decline

VC Activity in US Decline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Are they?

The have a dedicated staff and a diverse group of VCs and corporations that support them.

More about the Brewer Hub….

The Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub offers training and free meeting and co-working space for University of Arkansas faculty, staff, student, and alumni entrepreneurs. We also host events and workshops, serving the Northwest Arkansas entrepreneurial community. Anyone in the university community with an interest in entrepreneurship qualifies for membership at the Hub, with special privileges reserved for active and alumni participants of the entrepreneurship program. Stop by from 8-5 weekdays or email oei@uark.edu for more information.