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Jeff Stinson, CPA, MBA

Program Director

Mr. Stinson is currently the founder and president of LaunchCo, LLC.  In this capacity, he trains and mentors entrepreneurs and invests in early stage ventures. Among the programs he leads are industry-based accelerators and the Delta I-Fund.  The latter is an early stage proof of concept fund that invests in and trains startup founders with innovative ideas throughout the Delta region.

In parallel, Mr. Stinson is also Executive Director of the Fund for Arkansas’ Future, an “angel” investor fund that invests in early stage, Arkansas-based companies.  Now investing from its second fund, the two funds combined have 100 individual investors - representing some of Arkansas’ most distinguished business and community leaders – and investments in over 30 technology based businesses.  The fund seeks companies with innovative business models and the ability to grow rapidly.  Mr. Stinson helped to organize and structure the first fund in 2004, and has led the administration of both funds since that time.

Mr. Stinson began his career in 1990 as a CPA with the Nashville, Tennessee office of a Big 5 public accounting firm, representing clients in the health care, banking, manufacturing, and printing and publishing industries.  Subsequently, in his role as Director of Marketing for a large, publicly traded health care organization, he was instrumental in developing strategic plans for individual business units to position those units for long-term success.

After obtaining his MBA, with honors, from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, he moved to Little Rock in 1999 and has worked extensively in the private equity markets.  In 2001, he launched and developed his own successful business advisory practice, representing clients in the retail, real estate, and private equity industries.

His past board service includes President of the Board of Directors for Youth Home, Inc., Commissioner on the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, Little Rock Sister Cities Foundation Board, Arkansas Motion Picture Institute, Advisory Board for TechPreneur, Arkansas Venture Forum Committee, and volunteer for Easter Seals Arkansas, American Cancer Society, Our House, Vision Little Rock, and the Governor’s Cup student business plan competition.  He has been a mentor for the ARK Challenge business accelerator, and volunteer speaker for Arkansas Scholars and Volunteers in Public Schools.  He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XVI, and was a 2006 Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” honoree.