Growth is the game plan for the Venture Center.
The entrepreneur support organization is expanding its corporate innovation opportunities, adding a new staff member to head up its efforts. Jacob Bouer will serve as the Venture Center’s director of strategic partnerships.
In this role, Bouer will be charged with developing business opportunities with financial institutions and businesses that are aiming to increase their innovation. He will be based in New York City.
“I’m excited to join The Venture Center team and build upon the FIS Fintech and the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerators’ success,” Bouer said in a statement. “Through our work with FIS customers and ICBA members, we already have one of the largest distribution channels for B2B fintechs. This will only expand as we grow our network of financial institution partners. As the financial landscape calls for constant collaboration between incumbent banks and technology companies, I’m proud to play a role in bridging that gap.
Prior to joining the Venture Center, Bouer served as the head of fintech corporate partnerships for Plug and Play Tech Center, according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously served as the director of business development for Brella, an event networking platform, and as the senior sales executive for Money 20/20.
“We are excited to have Jacob join The Venture Center,” Venture Center executive director Wayne Miller said. “Jacob’s relationships and experience working in the fintech space will be immediately impactful as the call for corporate innovation climbs. We look forward to expanding The Venture Center’s offerings to meet the globally growing need.”
This is the latest high-profile news for the Venture Center. In June, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) revealed that it would be extending its relationship with the Venture Center for another three years. The Venture Center hosts the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator, one of two fintech accelerators that it offers, along with the FIS Fintech Accelerator.