Brokers, carriers speak during BTV Israeli Startup Roadshow event A delegation of 14 insurtech startups from Israel visited Des Moines Nov. 10 for a BrokerTech Ventures event introducing the founders to Iowa and its insurance industry and providing an opportunity to pitch to local insurance leaders. BTV hosted Israeli startups for the first time last year as […]

The Global Insurance Symposium has announced its 2023 conference, presented by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Iowa Insurance Division, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and members of the insurance industry in Iowa, will be held April 18-20 in Des Moines. The theme for the three-day symposium is “Thriving in a Changing World,” meant to address the […]

The BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator has opened applications for its 2023 program. According to the news release, the concept of the BTV Accelerator is to be an “innovation hub” and proof of concept environment for broker-centric products and technology solutions, ultimately bringing validated solutions to the industry. More than $500,000 in funding is at stake for the early-stage […]

Jess Louis joined the Global Insurance Accelerator as its program manager this week, the accelerator announced on its blog. She will oversee the GIA’s programming with managing director Dan Israel, who started transitioning into his new role in May. Louis’ most recent role was with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, running its volunteer program […]

Idaho-based Valley Agronomics announced Sept. 1 that it will collaborate with Growers Edge and use its technology and data analytics to create a fully digital lending platform for Valley Ag customers. Valley Ag Platinum Financing will be hosted on Valley Ag’s Grower Portal, a customer service platform created and supported by AgVend. According to a news release, […]

BankTech Ventures, a strategic investment fund and ecosystem launched in November to serve community banks and bank technology entrepreneurs, announced the closing of its first fund. More than 100 limited partners, made up almost entirely of community banks, invested more than $115 million in committed capital. Two Iowa-based banks, Bank Iowa and First Citizens Bank, are […]

Cambio, a personal finance startup co-founded by Iowan Justin Dwyer, has been chosen to participate in the Y Combinator, a nationwide startup accelerator based in California’s Silicon Valley. The accelerator program lasts three months and invests $500,000 in every company that participates. According to a news release, Cambio’s platform is aimed at helping the 40 million […]

The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Association of Realtors has announced the inaugural Iowa Homeownership Incubator, which will challenge Iowa lending institutions and real estate professionals to consider innovative ways to advance financial literacy around homeownership. A lending institution or real estate company must partner with a community organization or business to participate. The winning […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is now accepting applications for its ninth accelerator program, incoming Managing Director Dan Israel announced in a blog post. “While change is occurring in the leadership of the GIA, our 100-day program, our mentors, and our insurance carrier investors all remain focused on helping amazing founders, teams, and insurtech companies reach their […]