The IN Place

Innovation is on a roll in Arkansas, and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is the new center for it all.

Through programs and partnerships, we are creating a collaborative ecosystem of innovation that will drive economic development – along with unique opportunities for hands-on training and experience at our new Innovation Center in the vibrant downtown Argenta Arts District.

Welcome to the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub: The IN Place!

Find out at 6 p.m. every 2nd Monday of the month at the Argenta Branch Library!
Renovations are well underway and equipment is arriving!
Thanks to all who braved the weather and made February's events so successful!

The Time is Now

Our mission...

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing innovative and entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas by creating a collaborative ecosystem and pipelines that mobilize the resources, programs and educational opportunities necessary to develop, attract and retain talent and to build the state's economy.

Innovation hub logo as the hub of a wheel of arms.

Warwick Sabin

Executive Director, Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

Photo of Warwick SabinMeet Warwick Sabin, the perfect guy to take the Innovation Hub from BIG idea to reality.

In addition to serving as the Innovation Hub's executive director, Warwick also serves in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

He has a long history of making great ideas successful.

Previously, he was publisher of Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 was named to the FOLIO:40 list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. Additional professional experience includes serving as Director of Development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House and at Foreign Affairs magazine.

Warwick is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar. He holds an M.A. (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was student body president. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to Arkansas Business' "40 Under 40" in 2003.

He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to Arkansas Business' "40 Under 40" in 2003.

On top of all that, Warwick has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Central Arkansas.

Joel Gordon

Director, The Launch Pad

Photo of Joel GordonIntroducing one of the most creative scientific guys we know, Joel Gordon.

Joel's background makes him a perfect fit for this role as director of The Launch Pad, which, by the way, he says fulfills a long-time dream. After all, he is a multi-disciplined artist/technician and has been involved in the Maker Movement for 18 years.

His experience in theater and film has taken him across America and around the world. Joel worked as a scenic artist/designer and special effects technician for numerous production companies. And, as a scenic lead for Chicago Scenic Studios, he managed crews and developed and designed projects for multi-million dollar projects.

But Joel's first love has always been education. He has lectured and held workshops on the importance of tinkering and the pedagogy of hands-on education. After returning to Arkansas, he became Director of Exhibits and Director of Visitor Experience at the Museum of Discovery, where he worked from 2005-2013.

His regular appearances on statewide television have earned him the unofficial nickname of "The Science Guy" for Arkansas.

Joel is excited to see The Launch Pad and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub developing and encouraging new careers and industry right here at home.

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We're just getting started!

Check out what's already in the works for the Innovation Hub.

Argenta Innovation Center

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The IN place for people with big ideas, the Argenta Innovation Center will be home to The Launch Pad, Art Connection, The Silver Mine, the STEAM Lab and the Innovation Hub offices.

These inter-connected ventures will work together to provide education, training, prototyping and startup and entrepreneurial opportunities for Arkansans.

The Launch Pad

maker space

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The IN place for makers, tinkerers, inventors, innovators and even small and big companies looking for a cool place try out ideas and make new things.

Take a peek:

Missed the last Hub-UB? Watch the Google Hangout video!

July 2014 Summer Camp Schedule - PDF

The Silver Mine

co-working space

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The IN place for incubation, acceleration and co-working, and for finding all the support you need to morph great ideas into profitable business ventures.

Art Connection

creative space

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The IN place for North Little Rock teens, with studios where they can put their artistic abilities into profit mode.

Programs

Photo of students at Argenta Innovation CenterSee what we can do together!
The STEAM Lab

This super hot place IN the middle of the Argenta Innovation Center, incorporates elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It's perfect for training, networking and hobnobbing with other makers, doers, engineers and artists.

STEAM Lab - PDF

Connections

How it all fits together

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Hub Culture

Birds of a Feather

We're happy to promote people and organizations with passion for innovation.

Our Collaborators

Visit our partners:

Link to EAST Initiative website

Link to Delta Regional Authority

Link to Kiva Zip

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Link to ASTA website

Link to AMS


Network

Like-minded innovators, creators and entrepreneurs

Link to EAST Initiative website

Link to Noble Impact

Link to EAST Initiative website

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