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

Aug 20 | NewsWatch Today

2022 ThinkTECH Accelerator open for applications

ICBA and The Venture Center launched the application period for the 2022 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program.

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Aug 20 | NewsWatch Today

FinCEN offers SAR trend data

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s interactive Suspicious Activity Report webpage now includes filing trend data by industry through the 2020 calendar year.

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Aug 19 | Press Release

ICBA, The Venture Center Gear Up for 2022 ThinkTECH Accelerator

The Independent Community Bankers of America and The Venture Center, with support from the State of Arkansas, today launched the application period for the 2022 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program.

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Aug 13 | NewsWatch Today

ICBA joins FDIC ‘tech sprint’

The FDIC said ICBA will be among the teams participating in the agency’s “tech sprint” designed to help banks serve unbanked consumers. ICBA will join the Milken Institute and Sunrise Banks on team iLluMInate.

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Aug 4 | NewsWatch Today

OCC, SEC discuss the state of cryptocurrency

In separate events, Securities and Exchange Chairman Gary Gensler and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu discussed efforts underway to adapt to the digitization of banking and finance.

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Aug 4 | NewsWatch Today

Regulators provide state of the industry report to Congress

Agency heads from the FDIC, OCC, and the NCUA provided a state of the industry update during testimony before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday.

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