Little Rock, Ark. (May 30, 2019)—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and The Venture Center celebrate this year’s Finovate Best of Show winner, Invest Sou Sou. Finovate is a demo-focused conference series focused exclusively on showcasing the best and most innovative new financial and banking technologies, attracting large, high-impact audiences of senior financial and banking executives, fintech leaders and investors. Invest Sou Sou was a member of the inaugural ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator cohort and won the program’s MVP award.Read More
Would you believe I’ve never had a “real” job? The emphasis on “real” is because as soon as I could, I started my own company. Part of what’s influenced me to work this way is the mentorship I received from a number of people in my life, namely my father. The dinner table was my nightly mentor session. My father, his friends, business associates and family ate together and I listened. I was always a good listener, and I’m glad I was because I have relied upon their advice, especially while starting FinTech companies like Neener Analytics. The biggest piece of advice I got from my mentors was, “Never quit.” Who knows who really said it first, but when you quit you just don’t know how close you were to success, so I just never quit.Read More
“There is not a more worthy mission than creating and improving quality of life for every person around the world. This is the mission that drives me every day of my life, and is what led me to create the FinTech startup, Sendmi. Sendmi’s mission is simply to improve financial infrastructure so that people can send money to their family members without high fees and with the protection that transparency brings.”Read More
Congrats to #ICBAThinkTech Accelerator Alumni, Invest SouSou, and #FISFintech Accelerator participant, Neener Analytics, for their incredible delivery at Finovate 2019!Read More
Chris Johnson, Little Rock market president for First Financial Bank, says community banks benefitted from the ICBA Think Tech Accelerator. They got a look at new tools and could form partnerships with the startups that completed the program, and those partnerships could help them better compete.Read More
Under a 12-month pilot program, Veteran Capital will expand its fellowship program to connect service members and their spouses with startups at other Google for Startups partner tech hubs across the country. In turn, Google will leverage its local contacts and offers hands-on support to the company’s fellows.Read More
"It is our role to help the companies in the Venture Center cohorts tell a clear and compelling story to the market that will speed traction and adoption," says John Farkas, founder and chief executive officer for Golden Spiral. "It's a process that really energizes us, and we're honored to have the Venture Center bring us on board to help."Read More
The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and The Venture Center concluded the 2019 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator this week by hosting the program’s inaugural Demo Day in Little Rock, Ark. on Wednesday. At the event, participating fintech finalists presented their solutions to attending investors, community bankers and other financial industry leaders. Several participating companies also announced collaborations with ICBA community bank members and ICBA Bancard, the payments-services subsidiary of ICBA.
Even though we launched our digital bank right before the tech bubble burst of 2000 ‘and 9/11, by being agile and smart, we managed to survive and grow exponentially while launching innovative digital and FinTech products.Read More
Giving your team the power to do everything related to their function is critical. As a hands-on person who likes to be involved this is very hard to do but critical for success/growth.Read More
“The 100X exercise helped us put systems in place and prepare for others to run these systems when the time comes. It’s important to think about this regardless of the stage of business you are in. If you're not thinking about processes, you're not building a business. You will just end up building a job for yourself.”Read More
HEXANIKA was selected from over 400 startups, winning the honors of the Best Fintech in India at the third annual Fintegrate Zone 2019 event!Read More
“Setting goals and milestones is a must to keep the team moving. There was a study showing that in a given task and time, you will always use the entire time to perform the task, even when you have exactly same tasks, if you give it two days it will take two days and if you give it a week it will take a week.”Read More
The Venture Center launches an exclusive mentorship program engaging elected participants through quarterly interactive meetups and monthly one-on-one sessions with protégés. The program will be accepting mentor and protégé applications for the 2019 program from February 2019 - March 8, 2019.Read More
“You must facilitate an environment that is tolerant of mistakes. Without that none of your employees will take a risk and without the willingness to take risks you cannot assert yourself in the marketplace.”Read More
If you are interviewing with an accelerator or seed investor, the first thing you need to do is stand out among all the noise. Below is my list of tips on how to stand out based on conducting hundreds of founder interviews.Read More
The Venture Center (VC) Board of Directors and staff welcome Chief Strategy Officer, Mimi San Pedro to its leadership team. With over 30 years of experience across information, technology, and strategic marketing industries, Mimi San Pedro will help to galvanize the Venture Center’s growth, driving key initiatives that serve the entrepreneurial and corporate innovation sectors.Read More
For the fourth consecutive year, 10 FinTech startups will be challenged to create next-generation financial technology.
Startups will receive in-depth mentoring and feedback from FIS executive leadership along with a monetary investment.
The deadline for applications to the 2019 FIS FinTech Accelerator is Feb. 9.