ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

ICBA ThinkTECH 2.0 will build upon the success and momentum of the 2019 program, which accelerated a number of award-winning fintech companies. ICBA and The Venture Center’s inaugural accelerator program mentored eight fintech companies providing solutions specifically tailored for community banks.

Notable program alumni include MK Decision, now partnered with ICBA Bancard; Teslar Software, winner of the Bankers Choice Award at ICBA LIVE® 2019; and Invest Sou Sou, winner of a FinovateSpring Best of Show award.

Are you a community banker interested in mentoring?

Strengthening existing relationships and developing new ones is all part of the process for the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0 and you play an integral role. Share your banking experiences and help shape the financial technology solutions of the future by serving as a mentor.

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What is the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator?

ICBA has partnered with The Venture Center in Little Rock, Ark., to launch the ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator, a community bank-focused fintech accelerator program. This first-of-its-kind fintech accelerator provides an outlet for community banks to directly engage and partner with early-stage fintech companies focusing exclusively on community bank product development.

Launch of ThinkTECH

At a news conference held on Oct. 31, 2018 at The Venture Center in Little Rock, Ark., ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey joined Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) and others in launching the accelerator.

How Does it Work?

A selection committee made up of ICBA staff and member bank executives served as mentors to early-stage companies vying for top spots in the selection process. During the “proof of concept” phase, ICBA and community bankers provided feedback to companies looking to partner with community banks. ICBA selection committee members served a key role in selecting the candidates for the program. ICBA will invest in each accelerator finalist listed above.


ICBA ThinkTECH Selection Committee

  • Tina Giorgio, President/CEO, ICBA Bancard
  • Tricia Hopkins CFO, ICBA
  • Kevin Tweddle, COO, ICBA
  • Clay Barrett, SVP/Tech & Ops, German American Bank
  • John Buhrmaster, President/CEO, 1st National Bank of Scotia
  • Bob Conery, COO, Avidia Bank
  • Mike Ewing, Vice Chairman & CEO, Oak View National Bank
  • Alice Frazier, President & CEO, Bank of Charles Town
  • John Gill, COO, Somerset Trust
  • Tony Gorrell, CFO, Sutton Bank
  • Jack Hartings, President/CEO, The Peoples Bank Co.
  • Scott Heitkamp, President/CEO, ValueBank Texas
  • Jeff Lewis, SVP Payments, Sutton Bank
  • Kathy Strasser, EVP/COO, River Valley Bank
  • Phillip Suckow SVP/Digital Solutions, River Valley Bank
  • Gary Teagno, Consultant ICBA/Zeus Advisory
  • Noah Wilcox, President/CEO, Grand Rapids State Bank


Visit the Venture Center for application information, including how to refer fintech companies you know.
For media inquiries contact Aleis Stokes or Nicole Swann.
For questions about the accelerator please contact Kevin Tweddle.