BrokerTech Ventures announced four new regional and national insurance firms as partners to support the broker-focused platform and accelerator program. The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, RT Specialty, Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company and AmWINS Group Inc. will be featured during the InsureTech Connect, Agency Connect: Virtual event on July 16 as part of the Innovation Curve panel. […]

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. 

The 2020 Global Insurance Symposium scheduled for April 21-23 is canceled, organizers announced this morning. The GIA will host a virtual pitch event for accepted insuretech startups April 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. CST. More information and attendee registration for the pitch event is available online. Participants in this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator cohort are now […]

The broker-led investor and acceleration program BrokerTech Ventures named former interim director Susan Hatten as chief operating officer, the group announced this week. Hatten joins Executive Director John Jackovin as the accelerator’s inaugural cohort began the five-week program last week. BrokerTech Ventures also announced the addition of five new investor partners: Heffernan Insurance Brokers, the Horton Group, […]