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.

2020 Accelerator Participants


A solution that leverages collective intelligence, 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 & engagement via a centralized platform. Through a suite of APIs & AI, Lendsmart automates today’s manual processes and minimize risk and can underwrite a borrower within 10 minutes.


A location-based marketing & analytics solution that provides banks both location-focused messaging and competitive analytics for their customers.


A bank operating system to modernize customer and employee digital user experience. With Finzly, banks can quickly go live with new products and services by simply subscribing and verifying the apps in its app store.


An application built to drive customer engagement while helping customers get rewarded for savings.


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


An affiliate marketing company that helps community banks grow their digital acquisition of new customers in a scalable, cost-effective way.


A complete software solution for bank sales and marketing that outperforms any other offering in the industry. Bankers love FIWorks 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.


AI/machine learning driven predictive scoring engine that is changing the way credit and debit card disputes are handled worldwide. The FinScend Bank Dispute Platform has the potential to save the market billions of dollars per year while significantly improving their customers dispute experience.

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
  • 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.