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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

Mar 12 | Press Release

ICBA ThinkTECH Showcase Spotlights Innovative Community Bank Solutions

ICBA, in partnership with The Venture Center, will host the ICBA ThinkTECH Showcase — a virtual event to unveil the latest technological solutions of the 2021 ThinkTECH Accelerator cohort.

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Feb 17 | Press Release

Policymakers to Participate in ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Event

ICBA, in partnership with The Venture Center and the State of Arkansas, will host a one-day virtual summit for policymakers and the 2021 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator fintech cohort, to tackle barriers and discuss solutions for enhanced community bank innovation.

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Jan 6 | Press Release

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 Cohort Revealed During Virtual Kickoff Event

The Independent Community Bankers of America, in partnership with The Venture Center and the state of Arkansas, today announced its third annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator cohort during a virtual kickoff event.

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Dec 23 | Press Release

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 Finalists Revealed

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and The Venture Center, in partnership with the State of Arkansas, will kick-off the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 with the unveiling of the 10 selected participants during a virtual kick-off event in Little Rock, Ark on Jan. 6th.

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Dec 7 | NewsWatch Today

Bowman: Fed to offer best practices on fintech partnerships

The Federal Reserve plans to publish a white paper early next year on community bank partnerships with fintech companies and effective practices for managing those arrangements, Fed Governor Michelle "Miki" Bowman told ICBA community bankers.

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Nov 17 | NewsWatch Today

ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 registration open

Registration is now open for ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021, ICBA's collaboration with The Venture Center to foster innovative products and services for community banks.

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