BrokerTech Ventures, a new broker-led insurance accelerator launched by Holmes Murphy in Des Moines, announced the hiring of John Jackovin as its new executive director this week. Jackovin most recently managed the Growth and Internal Services Product teams at fintech startup Dwolla in Des Moines. Jackovin previously led the Des Moines startup Bawte, which completed the Techstars Boulder accelerator and won investment in the 2014 Rise of the Rest Des Moines stop before the company closed in 2015 due to slow customer adoption.

[Editor’s note: This story was corrected Feb. 26 to reflect the correct number of startups joining BrokerTech Ventures on March 2. We apologize for the error.]

BrokerTech Ventures announces a new cohort of 14 startups. Two startups are Iowa-based: ChalkBites Inc. (Davenport) and MakuSafe Corp. (West Des Moines).

Other startups are: Agentero (Oakland, CA), Broker Buddha (New York City), CogniSure (Warrenville, IL), ConsumerOptix (Dayton, OH), Goldfinch Health (Austin, TX), Loss Run Pro LLC (Missoula, MT), ProNavigator (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), Talage Inc. (Reno, NV), Trustlayer Inc. (San Francisco, CA) and Wunderite Inc. (Boston, MA).  ​