A recent editorial in Arkansas Business praised the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.
The center's lead office at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and its regional office at Southern Arkansas University were lauded in the publication's Aug. 5 issue for assisting Brandon Foshee and Tim Zigler, co-founders of Magnolia-based Fauxsee Innovations. The editorial, titled 'Here to Help' Sometimes Comes True, accompanied a front-page article on the company.
"SAU got them started on a business plan, and UALR's Small Business and Technology Development Center helped them with market research and helped them apply for a grant from the National Science Foundation," said the "Views" editorial.
The company received a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from NSF to develop its first product - Roboglasses, an assistive device for the sight-impaired. Zigler and Foshee worked extensively with ASBTDC's innovation consultant, Rebecca Norman, to commercialize their idea with SBIR funding.
"Although the outcome is far from certain, the endeavor is promising: two sons of Arkansas, assisted by Arkansas educational institutions and the federal government toward their goal of manufacturing a product to help the visually impaired navigate the world. That sounds like help we can get behind," the editorial concluded.
Hear more about ASBTDC's work with Fauxsee Innovations from the company co-founders in this short ASBTDC YouTube video, http://youtu.be/L9M9xAmFs8Q.
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