James Hendren

Founder and Board Member, The Venture Center

Dr. James K. Hendren has been a entrepreneurial champion for the advancement of technology startup companies and knowledge job development since the mid-1980’s.  He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Arkansas, providing a foundation for his successful career in sophisticated software development in both the defense and finance industries.  James was CEO, then Chairman of Arkansas Systems, Inc. (ARKSYS), one of the early Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) “high-tech” companies. While growing that company from a small, home-grown company to an internationally known corporation, he served on the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority board of directors and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission where he lead the charge for changing the economic development strategies to include high tech startup companies.  Dr. Hendren has spearheaded the efforts to produce an excellent environment to encourage startup companies in Arkansas. He was founder and chairman of Accelerate Arkansas.

James chaired Governor Hutchinson’s Taskforce on Computer Science. He was on the founding committee designing the IT Minor program at University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he also taught part-time in this program for 12 years.  He was founding chair of the Arkansas STEM Coalition and served on its board for 13 years.  He has taught hundreds of courses via the Boy Scouts and the Venture Center.  He also guest lectures each semester in the advanced entrepreneur course at UALR.

He has formally worked with more than thirty technology startup companies being CEO of four.  He has mentored hundreds of startups; helping them move forward. 

He is the Chairman and Founder of the Arkansas Venture Center, where he actively participates in the direction of the Center and as an active mentor to members of the Center.

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