We recently caught up with the managing team at the Venture Center to see how the second year of their FinTech Accelerator is progressing towards their upcoming Demo Day. The VC FinTech Accelerator is empowered by FIS Global, the core banking provider, which gives the companies in the accelerator unique, direct access to a major financial services provider.
The following is a Q&A with Kathleen Craig, Founder & President of Plinqit. Plinqit is currently a part of The Venture Center's 2017 FinTech Accelerator Program.
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.