FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, and The Venture Center have announced the 10 startup companies selected to participate in the 2017 VC FinTech Accelerator, now in its second year. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Rep. J. French Hill, FIS President & CEO Gary Norcross, The Venture Center President and CEO Lee Watson and other community leaders were in attendance to meet this year’s participants at a kickoff event held yesterday at The Venture Center.
The Venture Center announced that entrepreneur and former Fortune 100 executive Wayne Miller has been selected to lead its global VC Fintech Accelerator program. Miller brings more than three decades of proven performance in a variety of industries and leadership roles. As managing director of The Venture Center’s VC FinTech Accelerator, he is responsible for leading the program—a collaboration empowered by FIS (NYSE: FIS)—to invest and grow financial technology companies.
Entrepreneurs building new products and services on the Internet must be able to fairly reach consumers—not only in Arkansas, but around the country. Connecting to customers through the Internet is key, and the dismantling of the current rules would allow big cable companies to discriminate against smaller companies.
U.S. Small Administration kicks off National Small Business Week 2017 on April 30 in the nation’s capital by having SBA Administrator Linda McMahon recognize and award the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions.
The House passed H.R. 1219, Supporting America’s Innovators Act, today. Congressman French Hill of Little Rock spoke in favor of the bill, citing the innovation happening in his community through the help of The Venture Center and the Innovation Hub.
The Venture Center of Little Rock on Thursday announced its partnership with Bear State Bank for the 2017 VC FinTech Accelerator, which is sponsored by global technology services provider FIS and held at the Little Rock Technology Park.
The Venture Center and the Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration have partnered to bring the Emerging Leaders executive-level training series to Little Rock. The program, which will run from March 30 thru Sept. 28 at the Little Rock Technology Park, is specifically designed to stimulate and support the expansion of your business.
I recently had the great opportunity to participate in the annual #JOLT Hackathon held by the Venture Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our team, /dev/null, was even fortunate enough to place 1st in the competition! There was even media coverage of the event. My team can be seen tucked away in the corner during the camera pan.
The American economy is growing too slowly because regulations designed for international financial institutions have been imposed on smaller banks that pose no grave threat, explained U.S. Rep. French Hill and Tom Quaadman, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness to a group of Arkansas bankers and business leaders at a roundtable event held at the Little Rock Regional Chamber on Tuesday.
The American Bankers Association – through its subsidiary the Corporation for American Banking – has endorsed the digital lending solution provided by Akouba, which provides community and regional banks with an origination and underwriting platform for small business loans. ABA members will receive preferred pricing.
Applications for the 2017 VC FinTech Accelerator - Empowered by FIS have closed. The application pool doubled over the previous year, boasting applicants from 295 early stage financial technology businesses.
At the Fall 2016 Pre-Accelerator pitch showcase held Tuesday, December 13, The Venture Center announced its economic impact metrics from the past two and a half years. During that time, Venture Center member companies have raised a collective $19 million dollars in funding and have created 286 jobs for Central Arkansas.
The Venture Center, in conjunction with FIS, announced that it is accepting applications for the second portfolio of its globally competitive financial technology accelerator program. Applications for the VC FinTech Accelerator are currently open and close February 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM CT.