The Venture Center, based in Little Rock, recently took home the top prize in the Best Fintech Accelerator/Incubator category at the second annual Finovate Awards. The Venture Center bested four other finalists chosen by a group of international judges from the Fintech industry.
“Words could never adequately convey our excitement. Our incredible partners from the state of Arkansas, FIS, and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) made this win possible and demonstrates what can happen when people, organizations, and entrepreneurs collaborate. Together, we’re showing the world that Little Rock, Arkansas, continues to build on its esteemed fintech history,” said Wayne Miller, Executive Director of The Venture Center.
Additionally, Finzly – a 2020 ICBA ThinkTECH alum – won its category for Best Enterprise Solution. The award is given to a bank or fintech company that excels in the area of enterprise payments, balancing speed, ease of use, and reliability.
Teslar, an Arkansas-based 2019 ICBA ThinkTECH Alum, also won “Best Fintech Partnership” based on its PPP.Bank partnership. The award is given to fintech companies who work together to build something new and groundbreaking.
“Congratulations to The Venture Center for this hard-earned and well-deserved recognition,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The Venture Center has supported and groomed many impressive companies and entrepreneurs in a short amount of time. The Center’s success enhances Arkansas’ reputation as a leader in financial technology and computer science. We’re proud to continue our partnership with The Venture Center and support its important mission.”
“We are excited to see this recognition for the FIS Accelerator and the successful partnership we have forged with The Venture Center and the State of Arkansas,” said Gary Norcross, Chairman, President and CEO of FIS. “Five years ago, we had a common vision to create a world-class accelerator based in Arkansas. Today, that vision is bringing innovative, real-world fintech solutions to our clients around the world. Congratulations to both The Venture Center and the state for this well-deserved honor.”
“This honor is further validation of the hard work and dedication of The Venture Center in fostering an environment where innovation flourishes,” ICBA Senior Executive Vice President of Community Bank Solutions Kevin Tweddle said. “We’re thrilled to continue our successful partnership with The Venture Center as we embark on our third ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program. Together, with the state of Arkansas, we’re helping to ensure that the future of community bank innovation remains bright.”