The Venture Center selects 10 financial technology startups poised to challenge the status quo in the financial services sector. 

“At FIS we’re investing in innovation that keeps our clients competitive in today’s environment while also looking at what the global financial services industry will look like in the future,” said Gary Norcross, FIS president and CEO. “We’re excited to partner with The Venture Center on this initiative and to further establish Little Rock and Central Arkansas as a desirable location to start and grow a business.”

The Venture Center received 295 applicants from all over the U.S. and more than 25 other countries for their 2017 cohort.

“FIS has been a key player in the financial services space not only in Central Arkansas, but around the world,” said Lee Watson, president and CEO, The Venture Center. “The Venture Center is proud to partner with FIS on this initiative, which provides FinTech startups access to the largest financial services technology company in the world. This joint effort will provide FIS increased access to the top FinTech innovators in the world while supporting the growth of the financial services sector.”  

The 10 selected portfolio companies will be announced at a Launch Day announcement in May and the program will culminate with Demo Day in July.

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit