Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the accelerator?
Our curriculum is 12-weeks on-site.
Can VC FinTech help me sign a partnership with fis or other FInancial institutions through the accelerator?
VC FinTech will bring in key decision makers and C-Suite executives from FIS and several other financial institutions to learn about your company and provide coaching and mentorship. We can't guarantee a partnership, but you can be assured you will have the opportunity and exposure to decision makers within FIS and other financial institutions to make it happen - the rest is up to you.
Do I have to move to little rock?
Accepted companies must locate to Little Rock for the duration of the 12-week program. After the program, what you do is up to you. We hope you'll come for the accelerator and decide to stay. Little Rock is a great place!!
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
Certainly!! Housing arraignments are up to founders to make and there are plenty of options to choose from. We will do several events throughout the Accelerator that will be family-friendly.
What does your curriculum cover?
Our curriculum covers everything from Marketing to Executive Development. You may know your tech, but we will help you refine and validate your model. We will give you access to veteran entrepreneurs and industry experts to prepare your company to increase sales, grow, and seek investment for scaling. But we don't stop after Demo Day - we will to stay connected to you and help cultivate your company's success.
What types of businesses does the VC FinTech Accelerator serve?
The VC FinTech Accelerator is designed to accelerate the growth of early stage financial technology ventures. We are looking for innovative, creative and technology-focused FinTech businesses and are open to companies across the full spectrum of the financial technology space.
Where do your mentors come from and what value do they provide?
The VC FinTech program will draw mentors from both FIS and from the Venture Center's Mentorship Network. FIS has committed to providing key persons from their organization to assist our FinTech Accelerator startup companies. Some mentors from the FIS organization will be selected after the VC FinTech cohort is chosen in order to provide a tailored experience.
The Venture Center's Mentorship Network is comprised of four types of mentors: Executive Leaders, Domain Leaders, Industry Leaders, and Capital/Funding Leaders.
Executive Leader– The seasoned and successful business leader, whether a CEO, growing startup founder or small business owner, all bring valuable leadership experiences to the entrepreneur.
Domain Leader – Skilled professionals who provide guidance regarding a specific subject matter. They provide valuable expertise in areas like: intellectual property development, financial and operational strategy, technology development and sales and presentation skill development.
Industry Leader – Recognized industry leaders provide assistance navigating the complexities and connections within areas such as advertising technology, communications, financial services, government, healthcare and retail.
Capital Leader – Raising capital or selling a company is as much an art form as a science.