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August 2019

“The Spark! program is an exciting offering for local startups who may not have access to the kind of office space and support needed to effectively grow a business. We’re pleased to partner with the Little Rock Regional Chamber on Spark! as our collective focus on building the entrepreneurial community will make Little Rock a stronger city with greater opportunities for everyone.”

Wayne Miller - Executive Director, The Venture Center / Talk Business / REad full article

july 2019

“FIS must look five to ten years into the future, and this accelerator helps it do that. I see a lot of accelerators operating around the world, I would argue this is one of if not the most successful accelerators that exist today.”

Gary Norcross— Ceo, fis global / Arkansas business / Read Full Article

May 2018

“At FIS, Rob Lee, EVP of digital and banking solutions, says that his experience working with fintech firms through the FIS Fintech Accelerator program (which is now entering its fourth year) underscored the need to develop an easy way to facilitate partnerships between banks and fintech players.

ABA Banking Journal / Read Full Article


June 2019

“The FIS Accelerator is less about disruption and more about mass distribution. Because FIS works with all of the large banking and financial institutions in the world, it is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to get their product/service seen by all of their largest potential clients. That's incredibly valuable for an entrepreneur. A lot of accelerators provide capital and advice, few can guarantee large client intros.” 

entrepreneur Magazine / Read Full Article


May 2019

“The recognition we have received this year from Finovate, The Venture Center and ICBA, as well as our own growth, confirms the increasing demand among community banks for an innovative partner in social banking fintech solutions.”

Fonta Gilliam, cEO + Founder, Invest sou sou / Read Full Article


May 2019

“We are excited to welcome these ten startups to our accelerator program and eager to see the technology they will bring to market in the months and years ahead. The pace of fintech innovation continues to accelerate, placing ever more importance on creative ideas and new solutions. The FIS Fintech Accelerator program is about bringing that innovation to life.”

Bruce Lowthers, cOO, Integrated Financial Services at FIS / Read Full Article


january 2019

We’re proud to continue our support of FIS FinTech Accelerator in collaboration with the State of Arkansas and The Venture Center. This program is part of our continuous modernization strategy to discover and invest in the next generation of technology innovations. We look forward to another year of breakthrough ideas from financial technology startups around the world.

Gary Norcross, Chairman, President and CEO FIS / Read Full Article



november 2018

ICBA puts its mission into action with our partnership with the Venture Center. This partnership is a particularly favorable environment from which community banks and financial technology companies will sharpen our shared vision to create products, cultivate solutions, and eliminate barriers to delivering the superior experience that our customers have come to expect.

Preston Kennedy, president and CEO of Zachary Bancshares Inc. of Zachary, La.

May 2018

This program provides invaluable exposure and go-to-market opportunities for the startups while introducing new technologies to financial institutions and companies that will enable them to better serve their customers. We're looking forward to another successful program supported by FIS, the State of Arkansas and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Wayne Miller, Executive Director, The Venture Center. / Read Full Article