A new product launched by Dwolla this week allows businesses fast payouts to customer debit cards, the company announced. The Push-to-Debit payment functionality for Dwolla customers allows businesses to access a programmable payments infrastructure for bank-to-bank transfers and offers a disbursement option for payments to be sent to a user’s debit card. More information is available […]

Registration is open now for the 2020 InsurTech Week, hosted virtually this year by the Global Insurance Accelerator on Oct. 12-16. Founders from 28 previous GIA cohort companies and 20 selected growth-stage companies will be highlighted during the week through the Hopin virtual event app, which will host live presentations, breakout room demos, virtual booths […]

Nicole Gunderson, managing director of the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), has been named to the Board of Advisors for governance, risk and compliance firm ViClarity, part of PolicyWorks LLC. ViClarity was acquired by PolicyWorks in 2020 and has office locations in Des Moines, Boston and Ireland. Prior to joining the GIA in 2019, […]

BrownWinick Law Firm, LWBJ and the Greater Des Moines Partnership are hosting a free virtual event called the Current State, featuring three panels of experienced investors and entrepreneurs to focus on navigating seed and venture capital during a pandemic. The event will be held Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Panelists include Mike Colwell, Tej Dhawan, […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced four new regional and national insurance firms as partners to support the broker-focused platform and accelerator program, and a new sponsored partnership with Leader’s Edge Magazine this week. The Cincinnati Insurance Cos., RT Specialty, Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. and AmWINS Group Inc. will be featured during the InsureTech Connect, Agency Connect: Virtual […]

West Des Moines insurtech startup Benekiva will join Insurtech Hartford’s Innovation Challenge contest on June 18. The challenge hosts more than 20 representatives from across 10 insurance companies, judging the finalists and providing feedback to all of them. Benekiva, which streamlines the claims process for insurers, is a finalist in the Best Emerging category.

EMC Insurance Cos. and Iowa State professor Lisa Schulte Moore are winners of the innovationIOWA awards, the Business Record announced today.  EMC is the recipient of the Corteva Agriscience innovationLEADER Award for its efforts to take a company value of innovation to the next level. Lisa Schulte Moore — professor of natural resource ecology and […]

Financial Plus Credit Union joined Ascentra Credit Union, Collins Community Credit Union and Serve Credit Union in a Series B funding round as Des Moines startup LenderClose is raising $10 million. The LenderClose platform, which recently added remote online notarization for customers, is now used by more than 200 credit unions and community banks nationally, […]

VizyPay, a West Des Moines-based payment processing company, has acquired Nevada-based competitor Echo Daily, the company announced last week. VizyPay will open a second office location in Lake Tahoe, Nev., and is gaining proprietary technology for a point-of-service loyalty program to expand existing service offerings to small business owners, the company said in a statement.