ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Alumni Invest Sou Sou Wins Best of Show at Finovate

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.

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#FounderFeature w/ Jeff LoCastro: On Building Fintech and Never Quitting

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.

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#FounderFeature w/ Paul Proctor: The Bigger Mission

“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.”

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Golden Spiral Named Marketing Mentor for Fintech Accelerators

Golden Spiral, a Nashville-based B2B technology marketing agency, has been named the marketing agency mentor for the Venture Center, a fintech accelerator based in Little Rock, Ark.

"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."

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Demo Day with The Venture Center Celebrates ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Finalists

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.

 

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Founder Feature: Karl Falk, CEO + Founder of Botdoc.io

“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.”

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Founder Feature: Erez Saf, CEO of CRiskCo

“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.”

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7 Tips for Applying to an Accelerator

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.

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The Venture Center Announces the Addition of Mimi San Pedro as Chief Strategy Officer

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.

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