The center for cutting-edge financial technology and the driving force behind industry innovation. With a wide range of fintech education, partnerships and vetted solutions, community banks have the resources to cultivate the high-tech, high-touch edge to help them thrive.




The ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program continues the successful collaboration between promising fintechs and community bank leaders to drive innovation in support of ICBA’s mission to create and promote an environment where community banks flourish.

Selected companies will receive ICBA investments and be immersed in a rigorous 12-week program, featuring one-on-one meetings with hundreds of community banking influencers to speed product development and create solutions tailored to the community bank market.

Notable program alumni include ICBA preferred service provider TESLAR by 3E; MK Decision, an ICBA Bancard partner; Griffin Technologies, winner of the Bankers Choice Award at ICBA LIVE® 2020; and Invest Sou Sou, winner of a Finovate Spring Best of Show award.

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Starting the Journey

  • Approaches to Fintech
  • Fintech Partnership/Joint Venture Checklist
  • Meet Innovative Companies

Roads & Roadblocks

  • Risk Factors to Consider for a Community Bank
  • Fintech Regulatory Environment
  • Compliance Engagement

Know the Terrain

  • Strategic Opportunity for Community Banks
  • Fintech’s Wide-Reaching Terrain
  • A Community Bank Advantage

Latest ThinkTECH News

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.

Finalists were judged on how their alumni roster performed in the market and testimonials from innovators who have participated in the accelerator or incubator. This is the second consecutive year that The Venture Center has earned distinction as one of the top five fintech accelerators in the world.

The announcement follows the kickoff of ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator 3.0, which builds upon the success and momentum of the 2020 program that accelerated a number of award-winning fintech companies, including Teslar 3E and Finzly, both of which are finalists in their respective categories.


Subscribe to Bank on It Podcast, where host John Siracusa talks with fintech leaders and entrepreneurs and uncovers the remarkable stories behind them, their creations, and the most important topics in fintech.

Kevin Tweddle, chief operating officer of the ICBA Services Network and chief innovation officer of the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, talks with GroundBanking about the accelerator and its overall goal to serve as an outlet for community banks to directly engage and partner with early-stage fintech companies.