Arkansas SourceLink, an affiliate of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, announced the launch of its newly designed website, arksourcelink.com, geared toward helping start ups and small businesses connect to resources.

To celebrate the new design and new tools, Arkansas Capital is sponsoring an online video pitch contest worth $8,600.

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit 60-second video elevator pitches at arksourcelink.com/sxsw. In order to participate, the company must be based in Arkansas and focus on innovation or emerging technologies. More eligibility parameters can be found at the sign-up web site.

Arkansas Capital is also offering free use of its video team for interested teams. The deadline to submit a pitch is Feb. 15.

Two employees from the winning company will receive a trip to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference March 8–12, 2013. The prize includes an allowance for airfare, lodging, festival pass, rental car, and meals valued at $8,600.

The newly designed arksourcelink.com site includes new, easier-to-use navigation, plus government resources, free and low-cost resources available through the Resource Navigator. Additionally, Mentor Connect, which pairs mentees and mentors, and Venture Connect, which will provide a means to allow entrepreneurs to present their companies and ideas to accredited investors, are also launching soon.

“With the announcement of this competition, I want encourage Arkansans to participate in South by Southwest,” said C. Sam Walls, Arkansas Capital Corporation CEO. “The web-based business pitch contest is also a great way to showcase all of the new resources now available on the new arksourcelink.com, and a fun way to reward a start up with a trip to one of the country’s largest conferences dedicated to innovation and technology.”

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