Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Give Opening Keynote Address during August VenCent Fintech Summit

Posted on June 30, 2023
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Governor Sanders will be joined by Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald for the opening keynote on August 14

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 29, 2023) – The Venture Center today confirmed an impressive kick-off for VenCent 2023 featuring Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald slated for August 14-15 in Little Rock, AR. Their opening address signals a renewed affirmation of Arkansas’s dedication to the global financial technology sector and promises a powerful start to an event that champions industry progression, innovation, and collaboration.

“On behalf of the State of Arkansas, it is an honor to welcome this year’s VenCent Fintech Summit attendees to Little Rock. Our state and its capital city are thrilled to host so many entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders from around the world who stand at the cutting edge of modern financial technology,” said Governor Sanders.

“Arkansas and Little Rock are excited to host again the VenCent Fintech Summit – a hub for convening, collaborating and innovating,” said Hugh McDonald, Secretary of Commerce of Arkansas. “As a state, we value the innovative, hard-working and risk-taking spirit of entrepreneurs and want to create a natural place to nurture that spirit and grow their companies and their families right here, in Arkansas.”

VenCent connects banking leaders, fintech innovators, and influencers from around the world and spotlights solutions for today’s biggest challenges in financial technology. New to the event in 2023 is VenCentMatch, an exclusive speed networking breakout option for bankers and fintech innovators to make intentional connections in real time. Over the course of the two-day event, these rotating one-on-ones will accommodate targeted pitches from fintechs, maximizing every moment to potentially secure new partnerships with banks.

“It’s an honor to have Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald in person to inaugurate our 2023 event,” said Arthur Orduña, executive director of The Venture Center. “Their presence not only symbolizes the state’s steadfast commitment to the fintech sector, it reinforces the importance of face-to-face dialogue in fostering innovation and strategic partnerships. Their participation is a testament to the collaborative spirit that will propel Arkansas forward in this dynamic industry.”

VenCent Fintech Summit will, for the second year, provide attendees firsthand access to cutting-edge advances in fintech and insights from financial policymakers. Unique to Little Rock, the inaugural event concluded in 2022 with more than 400 in attendance as the first gathering of its kind to connect financial leaders, industry influencers and fintech entrepreneurs. Registration is open now. Visit to learn more.


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