Community Bank

Innovation

We provide innovative opportunities for community banks and support partnerships and solutions to help community banks thrive.

Why We Innovate


Community banks remain financial service innovators and creative problem solvers. ICBA provides innovation opportunities for community banks and supports innovative partnerships and solutions to help community banks thrive.

Together, with community banks, we work to identify and foster community bank-enabled fintech partnerships by bringing community bank leaders together with fintech visionaries to cultivate a high-tech, high-touch banking experience for customers.

Community bankers must remain vigilant in exploring ways to implement solutions that keep community banks competitive in an ever-changing financial landscape.

That’s why ICBA invests in innovation by offering the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program to community bankers, thought leadership on emerging banking innovations, and specialized events designed to help community banks stay ahead.

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ThinkTECH Accelerator

A community bank focused fintech accelerator designed to identify and foster community bank-enabled fintech partnerships.

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ThinkTECH Programs

ThinkTECH Programs and Events

Innovation programming designed to spur community bank growth and strategy development.

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ThinkTECH Solutions Directory

Solutions Directory

A curated directory of emerging financial technology companies that have a proven roster of bank clients.

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Latest Innovation News

Oct 9 | NewsWatch Today

What Google ad updates mean to bank marketing

A new Main Street Matters post for community bank marketers covers Google's updated advertising policies taking effect later this month and how to navigate this sea change.

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Oct 1 | NewsWatch Today

FinCEN warns of cryptocurrency risk

Banks should expect examiners and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to ask about risk exposure related to virtual currencies, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco said.

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Aug 14 | NewsWatch Today

ICBA ThinkTECH partner named top accelerator program by Finovate

ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator partner, The Venture Center, will be recognized during the Finovate fall virtual conference in September for its efforts to nurture quality fintech companies and prime them for success.

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Aug 13 | NewsWatch Today

ICBA kicks off ThinkTECH 3.0

ICBA announced the kickoff of its third ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program in partnership with The Venture Center.

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Aug 12 | Press Release

Fintech Application Period Kicks Off for ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator

ICBA today opened the application period for its third ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program in partnership with The Venture Center. The latest iteration of this global fintech accelerator continues ICBA’s mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.

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May 21 | Press Release

ICBA, AIR, and The Venture Center Team Up to Tackle Next Phase of PPP Process

The Independent Community Bankers of America, in partnership with AIR, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation, and The Venture Center, today presented 12 high-impact fintech solutions tailored to help community banks navigate the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for their small business customers

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