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Friday, August 23, 2013

Meet our DigiPitch Panel

A new and exciting aspect of DigiFest South this year is our DigiPitch event! DigiFest South’s entrepreneur pitch event , DigiPitch, assists entrepreneurs/investors in developing their digital media ideas, connects them with angel investors and guides the implementation of the idea. 

Ross Barrett

Venture Capital Fund Manager  
* Venture capital, M&A advisory, tax, legal, new market tax credits

Jeff Amerine, PMP

Director, Technology Ventures at University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas Area
I have 22 years of deep technology and business leadership and early-stage investment experience that has included P&L responsibility in Fortune 500 firms along with startups. I am the Director, Technology Ventures for the University of Arkansas, and a staff advisor for Innovate Arkansas. I co-founded Gravity Ventures Arkansas Fund I and II, Natural State Angel Association, and the Gone in 60 Seconds Elevator Pitch Contest. I teach entrepreneurship at the UA Sam M. Walton College of Business as well.

Specialties:Wireless, Enterprise Software, Telematics, Information Technology Leadership, Business Development, Venture Development and Finance, Intellectual Property Management

Mike Smith, Jr. - Advisor

Mike Smith Jr. brings more than 20 years of business advisory experience to the Innovate Arkansas team.  Mike is a former senior vice president in the Corporate Finance Group of Stephens Inc. He completed more than 50 merger and acquisition, public offering and private placement transactions for privately owned and publicly traded middle market companies during his 13 years there. He also sourced and executed principal investments for the Stephens family. Mike is actively involved in venture capital and entrepreneurial development in the region, speaking on venture capital and early stage business development topics and serving on several private company boards.

Ryan Wooley

CEO / President at BlueArx

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