Sequretek, a global cybersecurity provider, announced on Aug. 16 that it would be opening its U.S. headquarters inside of The Little Rock Technology Park, citing the innovative technology focus, talent access and growth-friendly business environment as top reasons for naming Little Rock as its corporate home.
“When I began my computer science initiative in 2015, my goal was to increase the quantity and quality of our state’s tech talent,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Today, I’m proud of everything we have accomplished, and the result is that companies like SequreTek have their eyes on Arkansas as a leader in technology. I’m pleased to welcome them to Arkansas and want to thank the Venture Center for their efforts in recruiting and nurturing tech companies here.”
The company is based in India, and in coming to Little Rock, has announced its plans of hiring 50 specialized positions over the next three years. 90% of these hires will pay six-figure salaries. In participating in the award-winning FIS Fintech Accelerator in 2020, which was hosted in partnership with The Venture Center, Sequretek’s leaders first visited Arkansas. The accelerator, since it began in 2016, has graduated more than 80 alumni, 94% of which are still active, or have been acquired.
“We are excited to officially announce the opening of Sequretek’s U.S. headquarters in Little Rock and are thrilled to be a part of the local business ecosystem,” Anand Naik, Sequretek’s cofounder and CEO, said. “We would like to thank Gov. Hutchinson’s office, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Venture Center for their focused-recruitment and initiatives that resulted in our locating here. We aim to be one of the region’s best technology employers for nurturing and developing talent in the areas of cybersecurity, data science and AI while serving U.S. and international markets.”
During The Venture Center’s new financial technology summit – VenCent – opening ceremony, the news of the headquarters was announced. VenCent is tailored to foster dialogue, synergies and innovation for banks and leading financial service providers.
“Sequretek selecting Little Rock is another example of a world-class company experiencing what our city has to offer and choosing to grow here,” Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr., said. “We’re excited as this decision further diversifies our economic vitality and gives our citizens even more economic opportunity.”
The VenCent Summit, with more than 450 attendees, offers live product demonstrations from 70 of the accelerator alumni, with presentations from financial technology and finance experts. This is in addition to collaboration, educational and networking opportunities.