What is Startup Crawl?

Startup Crawl is a showcase and celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit in Northwest Arkansas.  The inaugural event took place on Friday, Sept. 29th in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Startup Junkie Consulting was the driving force behind the event.

What Happens at Startup Crawl?

Startups of every size showed up to showcase their businesses.

startup crawl 2017 map

A map showing the stopping points for the Startup Crawl 2017

There were nine stopping points along the crawl, and each one came with a sampling of a local brewery’s beer.

We were part of the startup showcase at 1 East Center Street.  There was live music and multiple breweries and food stations that led to a very festive atmosphere.  We were there showcasing our blood based pregnancy test.

NOW Diagnostics at the Startup Crawl 2017

NOW Diagnostics at the Startup Crawl 2017

What’s the Big Deal?

The Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub had its grand opening.  The Entrepreneurship Hub is part of the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business.  The Center is the culmination of decades of hard work from many individuals, but Professor & Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship Carol Reeves took center stage.

Round table discussion with alumni who now run startups in Northwest Arkansas

Round table discussion with alumni who now run startups in Northwest Arkansas

The center will house offices for numerous faculty and staff, as well as a shared space for collaboration from area startups and “huddle rooms.”  In an effort to encourage interaction, the center has a wall of personalized coffee mugs to make everyone feel at home.

We here at NOW Diagnostics are proud to be a part of this vibrant, thriving startup culture in Northwest Arkansas.  Maybe they’ll be calling us “The Silicon Valley of the South” sooner than we thought.