Access the world's top financial technology company and gain insight on selling your solution to a global market. Leverage FIS & customer expertise in the FinTech space.


Intense. Aggressive. Focused. The VC FinTech Accelerator curriculum is a rigorous program designed to accelerate the growth of financial technology companies. 


Portfolio companies receive an initial $50,000 investment and high-potential companies are eligible for an additional investment of up to $300,000 at the end of the program.

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The Venture Center is pleased to partner with FIS and The State of Arkansas on The VC FinTech Accelerator. During our 2016 Demo Day, Governor Asa Hutchinson and Gary Norcross, CEO of FIS, announced their plans to continue and expand the Venture Center partnership through 2018. 

The VC FinTech Accelerator is seeking early stage financial technology companies that are innovating in core banking services, wealth management, compliance, payments and other areas of the financial services industry. Our goal is to accelerate the pace of innovation for the industry while accelerating the rate of growth for a select group of promising startups. Now, with the help of The State of Arkansas, we can more easily achieve those goals. 

Company founders find a cadre of seasoned entrepreneurial mentors, FinTech and financial services industry experts, and a number of functional-area experts that will help founders refine their business models, craft their messaging and get their products to market FASTER! In addition, founders find a community of support behind their efforts. 

Our roadmap to success is simple - but effective: 

  • By putting our founders through a world-class business development curriculum, we are equip them to rapidly scale their companies.
  • With mentoring and coaching from an engaged community of executives and entrepreneurs, we help our company founders become better leaders. 
  • By connecting our companies with the world's largest distribution system for financial services, we are give them the opportunity to reach over 20,000 banks and financial institutions around the world. 

A Collaboration with FIS

Portfolio companies enjoy a unique collaboration with FIS, a global financial technology services leader. Founders can leverage the power of FIS by working with and receiving advice and direction from FIS leaders. In addition, founders have an opportunity to pitch their companies to global product executives and potentially banking customers.  

FIS™ is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. “Powered by FIS” is more than a slogan. As a member of the Accelerator, you leverage the power of FIS--55,000 employees and 20,000 clients. FIS serves the largest players in the financial world, processing 27 billion transactions and $9 trillion annually. FIS is committed to disrupting the FinTech space with innovation centers in San Francisco, New York, London, Bangalore, Bangkok--and now, Little Rock, Arkansas. FIS stands uniquely poised to support your startup in ways that no other organization can. By joining The VC FinTech Accelerator, you leverage the power of FIS to accelerate the growth of your company!

“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. 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.”
— Gary Norcross, FIS President & CEO