The Venture Center, the Little Rock nonprofit that hosts the annual FIS Fintech and ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerators, announced Wednesday the launch of VenCent, a new financial technology summit for banks and financial services providers.
The inaugural VenCent Fintech Summit will be held April 11-13 in Little Rock, and the Venture Center is hoping to see 750 professionals attend.
The conference will feature product demonstrations from up to 75 companies who completed the nonprofit's accelerators, programs that connect pre-vetted companies with business partners.
The Venture Center said VenCent will also offer attendees access to courses taught by subject matter experts, collaboration and networking opportunities, and access to next-generation fintech products and services. Topics to be covered include cybersecurity, banking-as-a-service, cryptocurrency, lending automation, data analytics and financial wellness.
Wayne Miller, executive director of the Venture Center, said in a news release, “Now more than ever, financial institutions are challenged to innovate quickly. No matter how fast the world moves, education, collaboration, and acceleration will always effectively fuel innovation.”
He said those principles have guided the nonprofit’s accelerators, and that it created VenCent “to bring highly impactful fintech companies and the most forward-thinking financial institutions together for an immersive, hands-on innovation experience.”
Among the conference’s sponsors are FIS, the Independent Community Bankers of America — both of which sponsor their namesake accelerators — Arvest, Acxiom, Simmons Bank and Stephens Inc.
Registration for VenCent is open. Click here for more information.