Zogo Selected for ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator

Initiative Advances Progressive Community Bank-Fintech Collaboration in the New Year


Durham, North Carolina (Jan. 7, 2021)—Zogo today announced its participation in the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) third annual ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, in partnership with The Venture Center. The ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program fosters fintech-community bank collaboration.

“Zogo is incredibly excited to be a part of the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program this year. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to meet and collaborate with community bankers and help them serve their customers and communities in new and innovative ways,” said Louden Richason, senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships at Zogo. “The program will allow us to continue to advance our mission of providing financial institutions with more effective financial literacy and digital engagement, especially for younger generations.”

Zogo is a gamified financial literacy app that pays users to learn about personal finance. Financial institutions sponsor Zogo for their customers and community members and use it as a tool to help educate, engage, and attract Gen Z.

“Zogo was chosen from hundreds of candidates for this year’s program based on the merit of its offering, along with the talent and dedication of its founders, which all share our vision of blending technology with relationship banking and standout service to deliver the ultimate customer experience,” ICBA Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Charles Potts said. “We’re excited to share this relevant and timely solution with our community bank members and look forward to a long and productive relationship that delivers on the promise of innovation at a time when the customer experience is rapidly changing.”

“We are proud to partner with ICBA in selecting the cohort to help enhance community bank innovation, which will benefit local communities,” Wayne Miller, executive director of The Venture Center said. “For fintechs seeking meaningful relationships, the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator provides an abundance of opportunity.”

To learn more about the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator program visit icba.org/thinktech/accelerator.

About Zogo

Zogo is a financial technology company based in Durham, N.C. that helps financial institutions educate, engage, and attract young people. Its financial literacy app teaches sound financial fundamentals and rewards users for learning. Zogo’s app has won numerous industry accolades, including “Best of Show” at Finovate Fall 2019 and NACUSO 2019 Next Big Idea Competition. Key investors and advisors include Techstars, a former CEO of Sageworks, and faculty from Duke University. To learn more, visit zogofinance.com.

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at www.icba.org.

About The Venture Center

The Venture Center’s immersive accelerator programs are designed to accelerate the growth of early-to-late stage companies and help validate their solutions for real-world problems. Our methodology provides a unique opportunity to connect with community bank executives, receive seed investment, and learn from a comprehensive curriculum aiding in strategically addressing go-to-market, business, and finance challenges. Learn more at www.venturecenter.co. Follow The Venture Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@VentureCenter), and Instagram.

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