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 […]

Des Moines-based “smart building” startup Igor has been selected as a finalist for two global technology awards, the company announced this week. Igor is a 2020 Sapphire Award finalist for Best in Emergency SSL Luminaires, Modules and Drivers and a finalist in a second category, Smart and Connected SSL Enabling Technologies. Igor produces the Nexos […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator’s sixth cohort will welcome eight insurtech companies to Des Moines for the 100-day term beginning Jan. 14, the accelerator announced this week. The cohort features Caregiven (Oregon), Denscore (Michigan), Gerald Tech (New York), InsureVite (Singapore), Kiwi (New York), Summary Medical (Wisconsin), TCARE (Missouri) and UDoTest (Massachusetts). More information about the startups […]

At the Technology Association of Iowa’s recent Catalysts event, retiring Executive Vice President Gary Scholten of Principal Financial Group said he has watched the fight for growth in Iowa’s tech scene.  “About 10 years ago TAI commissioned a study, and at that time they determined that about 10% of the jobs in Iowa were linked […]

IDx Technologies founder and CEO Michael Abramoff is succeeding Gary Seamans as executive chairman as the Coralville-based medical company announced new leadership appointments across its executive leadership team. Other appointments include John Bertrand succeeding Abramoff as CEO; Seth Rainford being appointed president and COO; and Danika Simonson being hired in the newly created chief of staff position. […]

MākuSafe CEO Gabriel Glynn (center) accepts the 2019 ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge award in October. Photo contributed MākuSafe, a West Des Moines-based wearable technology company, was named the 2019 ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge winner in Boston, taking home a $15,000 cash prize, a membership to the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD) and distribution […]

The Ames-based autonomous farming platform Smart Ag has been acquired by Raven Industries, a Sioux Falls-based industrial company with the precision agriculture division Raven Applied Technology. The acquisition falls under the newly-established Raven Autonomy, the company’s strategic growth platform for autonomous agriculture solutions announced on Oct. 28. Smart Ag launched in 2015 and is most […]

Startups joining the Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2020 cohort will be the first cohort experiencing a newly revamped funding structure and a recently raised investment.  Startups will receive an investment of $75,000 through a post-money Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), which converts to 5% of the startup. It’s an increased investment from the $40,000 the […]