4co is hosting a Mega Stop for this year's SXSW Startup Crawl highlighting the tech industry in Northwest Arkansas. Located in the new Walmart Technology ATX office @ 4th and Colorado, 4co is a set of engineers from Walmart and Microsoft who are digitally transforming the retail experience through AI and IoT.
So, what is 4co and what is going on in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) that I should be aware of?
Glad you asked...
Based here in downtown Austin, the 4co team is a set of engineers from Walmart and Microsoft working side by side to develop new internal applications that utilize Microsoft Azure, as well as migrating existing operations to the public cloud.
An extension of the multi-year strategic collaboration between Microsoft and Walmart to speed the company’s digital transformation through a combination of AI, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) services.
Startups in NWA
With eight startup incubators/accelerators, active investments from over 20 local and national venture funds, and more than ten mentorship programs, Northwest Arkansas is a home for innovators in The Heartland of America.
The region has enjoyed national attention from:
Entrepreneur.com as an unexpected hub for tech startups,
DataFox as one of the best places to found a startup outside of Silicon Valley, and
FastCompany.com as a top place for minority-owned businesses
Regardless of the stage of of your startup, Northwest Arkansas has the resources needed to scale and thrive.
NWA is home to great attractions and resources outside of tech too...
With national recognition as one of America’s top regions to live, play and raise a family, Northwest Arkansas is no longer a hidden gem. And we’re more than okay with that.