#VCNews: The Venture Center Names New Fintech Director

Posted on March 26, 2020
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The Venture Center Names New Fintech Director

Financial Technology Veteran Daniel Schutte promoted to Managing Director, Accelerator Programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – March 26, 2020.  The Venture Center today announced Daniel Schutte’s promotion to Managing Director Accelerators Programs. Schutte, formerly The Venture Center’s Program Manager for Fintech Accelerators, will spearhead strategy, business development, and operations in his new role for the non-profit. 

The Venture Center’s accelerators include the Fidelity Information Services (FIS) FIS Fintech Accelerator and the Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, both of which are globally recognized programs drawing hundreds of applicants from around the world every year.

The Venture Center’s executive director Wayne Miller said, “I’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel for the past several years and have seen firsthand his dedication to our clients, our entrepreneurs and our community. I know I join our board of directors and others who are confident and  thrilled to have Daniel in this leadership role that he’s earned through years of his demonstrated dedication.”

In his previous role as a Program Manager, Daniel successfully facilitated the financial growth and development of global start-up companies sponsored by FIS and the ICBA through 12-week boot camp accelerators. Schutte is a transplant to Little Rock and originally hails from Evansville, IN. Schutte is himself a successful entrepreneur and was the COO of a commercial printing operation for over a decade before founding his first companies. 

“It’s an honor to be in this role, and through it, I hope to drive greater opportunities for entrepreneurs in Arkansas and beyond,” said Schutte. “While working to shape and grow our fintech accelerators, I learned a great deal about what creates the most successful programs. I’m excited to keep finding new ways to scale those success drivers, and  grow our capacity to create sustainable economic change.”

Schutte is currently directing wrap-up operations for the second ICBA ThinKTECH Accelerator program and will facilitate the upcoming ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator  Virtual Demo Day on April 8. To learn more about The Venture Center’s fintech accelerators or to register to watch the ICBA ThinkTECH Demo Day, visit venturecenter.co.

 About The Venture Center

The Venture Center is a globally recognized Arkansas based Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their start-ups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world-class team of mentors, intensive programming, and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Arkansas and beyond.