Media Advisory: ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator Announcement

ICBA Media Alert 

The Venture Center, Independent Community Bankers of America and State of Arkansas To Announce ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator


The Venture Center, in partnership with the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the State of Arkansas, will announce the launch of the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, a community bank-focused fintech accelerator program. This will be the only accelerator program in the nation with a focus on community bank innovation in the digital age.


Congressman French Hill, U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

Rebeca Romero Rainey, President and CEO, Independent Community Bankers of America

Mike Preston, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Mayor Mark Stodola, City of Little Rock

Jay Chesshir, CEO and President, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wayne Miller, Executive Director, The Venture Center

Kevin Tweddle, Group EVP, Innovation and Financial Technology, Independent Community Bankers of America

Aleis Stokes, Senior Vice President, Communications, Independent Community Bankers of America


Wednesday, October 31, at 10 a.m.


The Venture Center

Little Rock Technology Park

417 Main St.

Little Rock, AR 72201


This first-of-its-kind fintech accelerator will provide an outlet for community banks to directly engage and partner with early-stage fintech companies focusing exclusively on community bank product development and solutions.

ICBA is the voice of the nation’s community banks. With more than 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 760,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in five U.S. counties. Holding more than $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America.

Little Rock has a strong history of creating global players in fintech and Big Data, which in return has created a strong hub for community banks. With the addition of the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, The Venture Center will continue to help nurture and grow young tech companies into large, national players in the technology industry.

For more information and to register, please contact Kristie Flynn at [email protected] or 501-604-6135 or Nicole Swann at [email protected] or 202-821-4458.