ThinkTECH Accelerator

The center for cutting-edge financial technology and the driving force behind industry innovation.

What is the ThinkTECH Accelerator?

ICBA’s ThinkTECH Accelerator program, a community bank-focused fintech accelerator is designed to identify and foster community bank-enabled fintech partnerships.

ICBA hosts the only community bank accelerator that gives growth-stage fintech companies direct access to leaders at nearly 5,000 community banks.

Through this program, ICBA accelerates industry innovation, focusing on cutting costs, driving customer engagement, and increasing revenue.

Since its inception, ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator has hosted:

  • Emerging financial technology companies

  • Hundreds of community bankers each year

  • Thought leaders and regulators in the financial space


ICBA ThinkTECH Cohort Companies receive:

  • Opportunity to present before hundreds of community banking executives and industry stakeholders

  • Monetary investment (SAFE – Simple Agreement for Future Equity – directly from the ICBA) up to $75K

  • Potential of $100K+ in follow-on investments

  • Hundreds of one-on-one meetings with bank executives as they visit the Accelerator

  • Broad exposure to ICBA member banks through ICBA marketing channels


Become a 2023 ICBA
ThinkTECH Accelerator Company

ICBA ThinkTech Showcase 2022 Cohort Photo

Maximize your company’s go-to-market strategy through direct access to community bank decision-makers during the 2023 ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program.

Companies chosen will participate in a rigorous 12-week program, complete with subject matter expert led curriculum and engagement with successful fintech and entrepreneurial experts, to help with strategic planning, address business and finance challenges, and provide mentorship.

The next ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator will be held beginning in 2023, details about the program are forthcoming.

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2022 Cohort

LogoCompanyAboutCohort
Accrue LogoAccrue
Accrue by Core10 enables digital transformation for community banks, with digital lending, digital account opening for consumers and businesses, as well as integration-as-a-service for cores and other fintechs. Watch Demo
2022
Docfox LogoDocFoxDocFox is a workflow automation tool for digital or in-branch business account opening. It handles the business application, intelligent document analysis, and Bank Secrecy Act review for complex entities and related parties. Watch Demo 2022
KlariVis LogoKlariVis
KlariVis provides an easy-to-understand picture of a community bank’s daily business to for more informed decision making.. The system helps declutter data to boost productivity, performance, and profitability. Watch Demo
2022
LemonadeLXP LogoLemonadeLXP Inc.LemonadeLXP is a digital adoption and learning experience platform that helps financial institutions and fintechs drive digital adoption, fluency and transformation. Watch Demo
2022
Quilo Qoosh Tech LogoQoosh TechnologyQuilo empowers community banks to fully launch core-independent digital lending products in less than six weeks. Watch Demo
2022
Senso LogoSenso.ai Inc.Senso is building a proactive borrower experience through partnerships with community banks to engage borrowers months before their next home purchase or refinance. Watch Demo
2022
Sequretek LogoSequretekSequretek helps community banks “take control” of the cyber threats that can impact their brand, compliance, business continuity and assets, when they accelerate their digital transformation, through its Percept Cloud Security Platform offering. Watch Demo2022
Chimney logoChimney
Chimney is re-imaging financial guidance for the digital age. Chimney helps people make smarter financial decisions and get connected with the right products online, directly from their banks. Watch Demo2022
Unifimoney LogoUnifimoney Inc.Unifimoney is a turnkey digital wealth management solution for community banks. Watch Demo
2022
Vero LogoVero Finance Technologies Inc.Vero Technologies helps community banks offer inventory financing to dealers of manufactured products without an investment in new systems or additional personnel. Watch Demo
2022
WealthStack LogoWealth StackWealthStack partners with SMBs and community banks to offer a financial wellness platform that facilitates increased: SMB Lending, financial education, and retirement investing. Watch Demo2022

Accelerator Calendar

LATE AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER

Applications for the Accelerator program open.

SEPTEMBER

Initial applicant assessment to identify prospects with product concepts that are gaining traction, align with the program’s goals, and have strong market viability.

OCTOBER-NOVEMBER

The Selection Committee, comprised of ICBA staff and member bank executives, whittle down the remaining candidate pool and determine the final group joining the Accelerator program through the “proof of concept” phase.

JANUARY

Kick-off event featuring cohort companies and financial regulators.

JANUARY—MARCH

During a 12-week bootcamp, ICBA members participate as community bank mentors and share their industry challenges with the Accelerator cohort companies to mature the cohort products, pitches, and ultimately, ensure product-market fit and longevity.

MARCH

Virtual ICBA ThinkTECH Demo Day and ICBA ThinkTECH Showcase (held during ICBA LIVE)—all cohort companies present their pitches to community bankers across the country.

Selection Committee

  • Tim R. Aiken
  • Brad M. Bolton
  • John Buhrmaster
  • Bob Conery
  • Michael Culp
  • Robert Fisher
  • Alice P. Frazier
  • Alex Galeano
  • Matt Gallman
  • John Gill
  • Tina Giorgio
  • Tony Gorrell
  • Jack Hartings
  • Scott Heitkamp
  • Josh Hofer
  • Jesse Honigberg
  • Terence Hosten
  • Jarod Karns
  • Kim Kirk
  • Kianga Lee
  • Todd McDonald
  • Kristina Morris
  • Shon Myers
  • Greg Ohlendorf
  • Brian Otteman
  • Charles Potts
  • Josh Rowland
  • Laura Schmult
  • Prabhash Shrestha
  • Eric Sprink
  • Kathy Strasser
  • Philip Suckow
  • Rhonda Thomas-Whitley
  • Kevin Tweddle
  • Lucas White
  • Noah Wilcox

Cohort Alumni

LogoCompanyAboutCohort
AgentIQAgentIQ
Agent IQ allows customers to engage with their bank like they engage with friends and family and enables banks to deepen relationships with each and every one of their customers. 2021
MomntMomntMomnt powers real-time lending and payments solutions that enables banks to drive demand to businesses by offering consumer financing at the point of need.2021
BeauceronBeauceron Security
Beauceron Security reduces risk for organizations by moving individuals and teams from cybersecurity awareness into demonstrated behavior change.2021
FinosecFinosecThe excessive and complex labor required for community banks’ information security and cybersecurity feels overwhelming. Finosec offers a simple and automated governance platform to save banks time and enhance exam preparedness.2021
HarnessHarnessHarness connects financial institutions and their cardholders to hundreds of community based non-profits through experiential fundraising campaigns designed to drive spend and increase local impact.2021
ShasticShasticThrough Robotic Process Automation, Shastic speeds communication to shorten the lending cycle inside pre-existing systems.2021
UPSWOTUpswotUpswot increases banking revenue by providing actionable risk, marketing, and business insights collected from business apps SMBs and Mid-Market companies regularly use.2021
ZSuiteZSuite Technologies
ZSuite Technologies provides a digital escrow platform to help banks grow commercial deposits and expand relationships.2021
ZogoZogoZogo is a gamified financial literacy app that helps financial institutions engage, educate, and attract Gen Z. They make finance fun, simple, social — and irresistible to younger generations.2021
AdluminAdluminAdlumin is the Leading Security and Compliance Automation Platform in the U.S.Our trusted security and compliance automation platform is built to discover threats, malfunctions, and IT operations failures in real-time.2019
Agora ServicesAgoraAgora Services offers financial institutions a robust and customizales cloud-based offering that enables banking customers to utilize and manage accounts in real-time.2019
Agora ServicesWellthiWellthi (fka Invest SouSou) is a B2B2C embedded social finance software designed to help institutions increase the LTV of customers by turning each customer into a community of customers. Think: virtual branch manager.2019
Botdoc LogoBotDocBotDoc's patented technology functions as the Fed-Ex of data. Using end-to-end encryption, Botdoc picks up the information from one user and drops it off at the correct destination.2019
CRisk CoCRiskCoCRiskCo works seamlessly with leading accounting software in the cloud to ensure we gather exceptional data that will help us to help you achieve your goals.2019
KapitalwiseKapitalwiseKapitalwise enables interactive financial wellness tools, connect data to your clients better than ever, and deliver whenever your clients need you. All through turn-key integrations delivered through Kapitalwise.2019
MK Decision Logo BlueGrayMK DecisionMK Decision: One platform, everything you need to grow. Streamline your institution's operations with modern workflows and digital customer applications.2019
TeslarTeslarTeslar is a SaaS solution that creates highly efficient banks. Improving efficiency ratios is one of the main reasons banks choose to partner with us; banks that use Teslar typically have an efficiency ratio that is 14% better than their peer group. 2019
fiworksFI WorksFI Works is a data-driven sales and marketing software platform built specifically for financial institutions.2020
FinscendFinscendFinscend: Intelligent credit and debit card dispute processing platform. Enhanced workflow and analytics. Compliance and regulatory control.Up to a 40% reduction in operating costs and higher customer satisfaction.2020
HexanikaHexanika HEXANIKA has developed an innovative end to end software for financial institution to address data sourcing and reporting challenges focused on regulatory compliance. It enables financial institutions to harness new technologies, to reduce regulatory cost by process automation and consolidation.2020
Lendsmart Lendsmart Simple, Fast, Smarter Lending. Lendsmart’s end-to-end solution automates & digitizes lending and home buying operations for banks, credit unions, and non-bank lenders. 2020
fintelFintel ConnectFintel Connect drives new customer growth through performance marketing. 2020
finzlyFinzlyFinzly creates a modern, real-time, and responsive platform for bankers who need to effectively modernize.2020
fraudFraud.netFraud.net is the future of fraud prevention. 2020
griffinGriffnGriffn gives community banks & credit unions a leg up in the 21st Century – helping improve client relationships, increase sales, and compete with large financial institutions.2020
wallitWallitWallit is a card-linked benefits platform and wellness wallet for teams working in a remote or hybrid model to align their company to achieve employee wellness and drive shared business outcomes.2020