Media Advisory

Program fuels community bank innovation through fintech partnerships

WHAT: The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and The Venture Center, in partnership with the State of Arkansas, will kick-off the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator 2021 with the unveiling of the 10 selected participants during a virtual kick-off event in Little Rock, Ark on Jan. 6th.

ICBA ThinkTECH 2021 aims to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s community banks, which have provided their communities with a steadfast source of economic stability during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s program adds a five-week incubator to the schedule and embraces a fully virtual format — expanding the program’s accessibility to community bankers across the country. The 10 selected companies address a broad range of areas relevant to community banks, including cybersecurity, lending, and customer engagement.


  • ICBA Chairman and President, CEO and Chairman of Grand Rapids State Bank Noah Wilcox
  • ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey
  • ICBA Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Charles Potts
  • The Venture Center Executive Director Wayne Miller
  • Little Rock, Ark., Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.
  • Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston

WHEN:  Wednesday, Jan. 6., 2021 at noon (EST)

To register as press for this virtual event, contact Aleis Stokes at 202-821-4457 or [email protected] or Nicole Swann at 202-821-4458 or [email protected]

To learn more about the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program, visit


About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at


About The Venture Center

The Venture Center’s immersive accelerator programs are designed to accelerate the growth of early-to-late stage companies and help validate their solutions for real-world problems. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity to connect with community bank executives, receive seed investment, and learn from a comprehensive curriculum aiding in strategically addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges. Learn more at Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@VentureCenter), and Instagram.