Connections: Shellhammer to lead UA business incubator

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Business executive and serial entrepreneur Phil Shellhammer has been tapped by the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to lead its Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP).

GORP is housed at the Collaborative in Bentonville. It helps early-stage startups grow through workshops, mentorships and other services. The 12-week business incubator is intended for outdoor recreation entrepreneurs across multiple domains, including regionally focused hospitality and tourism businesses as well as product- and service-focused ventures with an ambition to scale globally.

Shellhammer is a former merchandising executive with Sam’s Club. In 2019, he established two education-focused tech startups: Eksplor Gaming and Wize Computing Academy of Northwest Arkansas.

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Michelle Bradford
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Trish Ouei
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