ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021

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

Today’s community banks are challenged to keep pace with disruptive financial technologies, ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator equips your team with the tools needed to stay competitive by providing an immersive innovation experience built on collaboration between community bankers and fintech visionaries.

Meet with fintech innovators and shape the future of financial technology. Join us 2021 virtually for this free of charge opportunity to engage in banking innovation that will shape the future of the industry.

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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.

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
  • Charles Potts, SVP/Chief Innovation Officer, ICBA
  • Kevin Tweddle, COO, ICBA
  • Clay Barrett, SVP/Tech and Ops, German American Bank
  • Brad Bolton, President/CEO and Senior Lender, Community Spirit Bank (New)
  • John Buhrmaster, President/CEO, 1st National Bank of Scotia
  • Bob Conery, COO, Avidia Bank
  • Mike Ewing, Vice Chairman/CEO, Oak View National Bank
  • Robert Fisher, President/CEO/Chairman, Tioga State 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
  • Josh Hofer
  • Jesse Honigberg, Technology Chief of Staff, Cross River Bank
  • Jeff Lewis, SVP Payments, Sutton Bank
  • Shon Myers, President/CEO/Chairman, Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Greg Ohlendorf, President/CEO, First Community Bank and Trust
  • Brian Otteman, Chief Experience Officer, High Plains 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

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 3.0 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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