As the educational initiative at Arkansas Capital, EDGE helps students push past the edge of their imagination, changing their perception of what's possible through the power of entrepreneurship.


To empower and inspire university students and faculty to support entrepreneurship in underserved communities.


A future where every student has the opportunity to thrive as a successful entrepreneur, and every faculty is equipped to cultivate entrepreneurial students, driving positive change & prosperity for their entire community.

Dedicated to ARKANSAS


awarded to Arkansas student entrepreneurs since 2001


Arkansas students (5th grade - college) involved in the Arkansas Governor’s Cup or the Y.E.S. competition since 2001


Arkansans have volunteered to judge the competition (unduplicated)

EDGE supports entrepreneurial development at institutions of higher education by:


Facilitate cross regional collaborations including the EDGE Summit for university faculty to partner on entrepreneurship activities.


Provide incentivized learning opportunities for students that teaches written business plans and oral presentation skills. Programs include the Y.E.S. competition in partnership with Economics Arkansas and the Governor's Cup sponsored by Dhu Thompson.


Support faculty in the design and deployment of programs that encourage student entrepreneurial development.


THE FIELDGUIDE: Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Building

This guide aims to inspire individuals seeking to cultivate more entrepreneurs in their community and provides tools to help them develop initiatives and partnerships that can be started immediately.


in North Little Rock, AR

on November 16, 2023

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Vice President

Education to Develop & Grow Entrepreneurs (EDGE)

Arkansas Capital Corporation


200 River Market Ave., Suite 400 | Little Rock, AR 72201

Arkansas Capital created the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF) in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The mission of AEAF is to be a catalyst in an environment focused on ideas and initiatives that nurture Arkansas’s future entrepreneurs, especially young Arkansans living in the state’s underserved communities.

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Little Rock, AR 72201

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Fayetteville, AR 72703