VC FinTech Accelerator Announces Global Investor Demo Day at Clinton Center

July 16, 2016

1:00 pm

The Venture Center in Little Rock announced the Global Investor Demo Day to be held at the Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock on Wednesday, August 3. Ten early-stage FinTech innovative companies – two international and eight from the U.S. – will present investor pitches for an expected crowd of 200-300 investors, regulators, financial services leaders and business leaders.

During the rigorous curriculum, focused on business development and traction, the founders have met with leading experts from sponsor FIS – a world leader in financial technology services. The VC FinTech portfolio companies have also leveraged connections with the banking community via the Arkansas Banker’s Association as well as a number of regional and national banks.

Governor Asa Hutchinson met recently with the portfolio founders at a private roundtable meeting at the Capitol. They discussed the growth of the FinTech space in Arkansas. In the 1960s, Central Arkansas was the “birthplace” of modern FinTech with the growth of Systematics (which was sold to Alltel and later became global leader, FIS), Arkansas Systems, Smiley Technologies, and more. The founders spoke at length with the Governor about the benefits of building innovative companies in Arkansas, highlighting a lower cost of doing business, while retaining access to global marketplace through the collaboration with FIS. The Governor, along with various City and State officials, is expected to attend the Global Investor Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Investors and industry leaders attending the event will have a chance to mix with the founders at an afternoon cocktail hour following the formal investor presentations. In addition, there will be a formal VIP dinner at Forty-Two, the exclusive restaurant at the Clinton Center.

The Global Investor Demo Day

The Thursday and Friday following the Global Investor Demo Day have been reserved for investors to have further meetings with the founders of the VC FinTech Accelerator portfolio companies. The event is free, but registration is requested. Preferred seating is available for investors, corporate groups and business leaders. Learn more or register for the event at

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A self-proclaimed “Startup Nerd,” Steve Rice is the principle of SR Communications, a strategic communications and leadership consultancy. Steve also founded the Start Here Initiative, a community-led effort that seeks to close the gap that exists for women and minorities in access to capital in entrepreneurism. He routinely writes on inclusion, entrepreneurism, and leadership for local, regional and national publications.

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