Little Rock

Birthplace of Leading FinTech Innovation

As the birthplace of early FinTech innovators like Systematics, Arkansas Systems, ABC Financial, Stephens, Inc., Mainstream Technologies, and Acxiom --and now home of the only FinTech Accelerator powered by FIS, a global financial services leader serving more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries -- Central Arkansas is the place to be if you are building a FinTech startup.

Stake your claim and make your place in the rich history of FinTech innovation right here in Central Arkansas. 

The impact of early FinTech innovators like Systematics, Arkansas Systems, ABC Financial, Stephens Inc., Mainstream Technologies, and Acxiom has touched nearly every person on the globe in one way or another. 

Your company can be next. Leverage the knowledge and expertise that made these companies great as you realize your vision. We are here to support you on your journey toward success. 

 
 

# 6 - Lowest Startup Cost

In 2016, Little Rock was ranked number six in the nation of cities with the lowest startup costs. A study by Smart Asset measured cost of key factors like office space, legal and accounting costs, and registration and licensure costs. 

Smart Asset also highlighted the strong, collaborative startup community and the support that exists for entrepreneurs in Little Rock as a key attraction for new companies looking to grow and scale their businesses. 

Photo Courtesy - LR Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Photo Courtesy - LR Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Entrepreneurs in central Arkansas have managed to form their own close-knit community. They link up with each other through an alliance known as Startup Arkansas and attend events like the annual Little Rock Tech Fest. Startups who need extra funding and support can try to get help from accelerators such as...the Venture Center.

The publication also urged startup founders to stay away from large cities noting that "the largest U.S. cities are expensive places to live and start a business...you’ll need to be willing to pay the price if you want to launch a startup somewhere like Washington, D.C. or New York City."

Little Rock: The ROI is Undeniable

If you are a FinTech innovator, Little Rock has what you need!

  • Low cost of doing business
  • High quality of life
  • Supportive, vibrant startup community
  • Access to global industry leaders
  • Top tech talent

Because of a history of FinTech innovation reaching back to the 1960s, Little Rock is asset-rich with first-generation FinTech innovators and second-generation leaders and executives ready to mentor and support your business.

You could build your business in NYC or The Bay, but why would you?

In Little Rock, the focus is on you. You can immediately plug in to a robust network of key influencers and decision-makers. You don't have to fight dozens of other companies to get the meeting like you would in a larger city. Plus, it just makes good business sense--your capital reaches further in Little Rock!

Photo: VC FinTech Founders in private meeting with Governor Asa Hutchinson Read the full article in Smart Asset.

Photo: VC FinTech Founders in private meeting with Governor Asa Hutchinson

Read the full article in Smart Asset.