The birthplace of FinTech, Metro Little Rock is nurturing the next generation of technology companies and innovative small businesses. Keeping the industry ahead of the pack is the region’s greatest asset: a workforce cultivated from local universities and colleges offering nationally recognized programs in cybersecurity, virtual reality and applications. High-bandwidth fiber optics and dependable digital networks provide robust infrastructure to complement Metro Little Rock’s innovative essence – both of which create an environment born for greatness.
Metro Little Rock is home to the FIS FinTech Accelerator. Now in its fourth year, the program has brought 40 companies from around the globe to Little Rock to participate in this industry-leading accelerator program, which connects innovative companies with over 100 potential banking partners.
Starting in 2019, and based on the success of the FIS FinTech Accelerator, the Independent Community Bankers of America launched a new “ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator” in partnership with the Venture Center in Little Rock. Eight companies from the US and around the world came to Little Rock for 12-weeks of intensive programming.
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in Conway is the site of a new national talent training program from Facebook called Career Connections, launched in March 2019.
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Fortune 500 company FIS is the world’s largest provider of dedicated banking and payment technologies. FIS’s global location in Little Rock employs 1,300 professionals that provide technology solutions in multitude of areas. FIS also powers the FIS FinTech Accelerator out of The Venture Center in Little Rock. The rigorous 12-week program draws cutting-edge FinTech startups from all over the world to connect with mentors and business solutions.