ICBA’s legacy of success – Impartial Banker

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In 2022, ICBA’s award-winning ThinkTECH Accelerator program reached extra neighborhood banks with progressive options and partnerships than ever earlier than.

By Charles Potts, ICBA


For ICBA and our neighborhood financial institution members, 2022 was a yr stuffed with potential. We not solely continued to develop and enhance on our iconic, award-winning ThinkTECH Accelerator program; we additionally reached extra neighborhood banks with progressive options and partnerships than ever earlier than. To construct on these successes, ICBA introduced plans to carry the ThinkTECH Accelerator program in-house with a brand new, devoted workplace based mostly within the innovation hub of Atlanta.

Listed here are just some of this system’s successes since its inception:

  • The ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator was named Finovate’s 2020 Finest Fintech Accelerator
  • It has related the world’s most progressive fintech firms with greater than 1,000 neighborhood bankers and business leaders
  • 12 months over yr, this system has grown by leaps and bounds—growing the variety of financial institution individuals by greater than 350% since its launch in 2019
  • This yr, we elevated the variety of new attendees by greater than 50%, producing almost 600 hours of considerate dialogue

That’s what I’d name making a legacy of success. Others are taking discover as properly; this system—and our cohort alumni—continues to obtain protection in influential media retailers like American Banker, Forbes, Reuters and Yahoo.

Consistent with neighborhood bankers

None of this might have been attainable with out neighborhood bankers who’ve labored diligently to advance their very own innovation methods and proceed to supply crucial thought management. They’ve helped make this system a mirrored image of the wants of our members, and by extension, their clients.

By bringing the ThinkTECH Accelerator program in-house, we are able to construct on the stable basis laid since its inception to achieve much more neighborhood bankers, guarantee bankers of consistent-quality services, and prolong innovation programming year-round.

Our dedication to creating and selling an setting the place neighborhood banks flourish is unwavering, and this important funding is simply the following step in ICBA’s innovation journey.

We ask that you simply proceed to share your time and expertise as we work collaboratively to form progressive options that make neighborhood banks stand out in a aggressive market.

As we mirror on 2022 and have fun our successes, we glance to the long run with nice anticipation.

“The accelerator is a superb train for financial institution administration to begin fascinated with what might be, somewhat than what’s,” says Charles Flurry, CIO at First Monetary Financial institution in El Dorado, Ark.

I couldn’t agree extra. Neighborhood banks can take coronary heart within the data that as we advance, we are going to apply classes from the previous whereas aligning our program’s objectives to handle the distinctive wants of neighborhood banks by offering focused options.

ICBA extends its heartfelt due to the numerous neighborhood banks which have invested time and sources into the ThinkTECH Accelerator program, enabling us to carry progressive options and partnerships to banks of all sizes. We ask neighborhood bankers to remain engaged and proceed to lean in, present suggestions and make the most of accessible sources as we work to reimagine the way forward for banking by way of innovation.

Innovation doesn’t stand nonetheless. And neither can we.


Charles Potts (charles.potts@icba.org) is ICBA govt vp and chief innovation officer



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