ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2.0

The Independent Community Bankers of America and The Venture Center, in partnership with the State of Arkansas, announced the companies selected for its second annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program, which focuses on driving community bank innovation to create enhanced customer experiences.

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.


Take a journey into the future of banking with high-tech, high-touch solutions for community banks as the ICBA ThinkTECH company founders present a demo of their cutting edge technologies.

2020 Accelerator Participants


A solution that leverages collective intelligence from a network of participating financial institutions combined with AI/machine learning, and real-time analytics in order to combat fraud across the financial institution.


AI-driven digital lending platform coupled with a home buying marketplace. Lendsmart streamlines and optimizes customer onboarding and engagement via a centralized platform. Through a suite of APIs and AI, Lendsmart automates today’s manual processes, minimizes risk and can onboard a borrower within 10 minutes.


A location-based marketing and data solution that provides banks with real-time customer insights and competitive analytics.


Finzly helps banks move at the speed of fintech to attract and acquire new customers and deposits. Transform your digital banking experience with a bank operating system that plugs into the core and easily offers industry-focused banking solutions through the Finzly app store. Simply subscribe, try and launch new applications and features.


Wallit creates a local marketplace for community banks to build customer relationships through cash-back, merchant-funded offers directed at rewarding consumer saving and spending.


Cloud-based machine learning platform that can be leveraged to uncover insights, automate regulatory reporting, comply with AML regulations, or enhance data readiness. Hexanika enables banks to succeed with data.


A performance marketing company that helps community banks grow their digital presence and acquire new customers in a scalable, cost-effective way.


FI Works is a complete software solution for bank sales and marketing that drives smarter and more effective campaigns. It includes advanced predictive modeling of extensive customer, market and prospect data to target customers with the greatest propensity to buy. Bankers love FI Works because the easy-to-use tools show them exactly what to work on every day to grow revenue and customer relationships while tracking their performance against goals.


This AI/machine learning driven predictive scoring engine is changing the way credit and debit card disputes are handled worldwide. The Finscend Bank Dispute Platform reduces dispute resolution costs while significantly improving the customers’ dispute experience, which keeps your credit or debit card top of wallet.

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.

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.


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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ICBA ThinkTECH Selection Committee

  • Tina Giorgio, President/CEO, ICBA Bancard
  • 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.