Women Startup Founders Should Take Advantage of Opportunities

Women Startup Founders Should Take Advantage of Opportunities

Millie Ward of Little Rock's Stone Ward believes the U.S. economy will become more startup-centric, and that aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women founders, need to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.

"Our economy as it exists today will become increasingly dependant on entrepreneurs and what entrepreneurs can create," Ward told a group of about 30 mostly women who gathered Monday night at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce for a panel discussion on women startup founders.

"There is an amazing energy building in central Arkansas for startups founded by women," said panel moderator Alese Stroud of the Stroud Consulting Group. "The size of last night's audience and the insightful level of their questions highlights the need for resources like the Women's Founders Meetup."

Research performed by Emily Reeves, an Innovate Arkansas blogger, director of digital innovation at Stone Ward and a woman founder herself, revealed that 22 percent of Arkansas-based startups were founded by women. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women made up 50.9 percent of the state's population of 2.9 million people in 2012.

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