The Global Insurance Accelerator announced it is starting the search for a new managing director. The full-time position begins in May with a transition period and the new director taking over officially in August.  “In the last three years, Nicole Gunderson, our current managing director, has grown the GIA and its operations to assist in the development of […]

Waukee-based payment processor VizyPay’s Cash Discount Program won Best Small Business Payments Solution at the 2022 FinTech Breakthrough Awards, the company announced. CDP is a month-to-month subscription service that allows small businesses to build the cost of processing transactions into their pricing. With the technology, businesses can eliminate all processing fees and maintain the same profit margin on […]

Talage Inc., a provider of digital distribution software products for commercial insurance, has announced $9 million in new venture funding. The round was led by Merus Capital, with participation by Calibrate Ventures, Hallador Financial, Advantage Capital and Reno Seed Fund. The Reno, Nev.-based company said it will use the funding to broaden its reach and increase […]

The fund raised $250 million in assets, made 11 fintech investments in 2021 Next Level Ventures launched the Curql Fund (pronounced “circle”) early in 2021 as a national group of credit unions was expressing interest in a nationwide credit union-led venture capital fund that invests in fintech companies that serve credit unions and their members. […]

Lincoln Savings Bank announced Monday Jeremiah Braunlin has been hired as fintech product manager. Braunlin joins the LSBX team, where he will help create partnerships and platforms connecting community banking and fintech banking to help LSB grow regionally and nationally, according to a release. “Jeremiah has values that are aligned with LSB.  I expect big […]

Eight insurtech startups will participate in the Global Insurance Accelerator’s eighth cohort starting Jan. 12. The GIA is hosting a 100-day hybrid accelerator program, during which startups will spend one-third of the program in Des Moines. Managing Director Nicole Gunderson said in a release that GIA’s hybrid model “is a very compelling and effective one […]

BrokerTech Ventures took a significant step last week toward its goal of building a connecting bridge between Israeli- and U.S.-based insurtech founders and insurance brokers. The Des Moines-based insurtech accelerator hosted a delegation representing the Israel InsurTech Accelerator, which was launched last year in partnership with BrokerTech Ventures as the first broker-led insurance accelerator in Israel. […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced Monday that applications are open for its 2022 accelerator program. The Des Moines-based accelerator focuses on startups that serve the insurance industry and specifically brokers. The 2022 program will be BTV’s third accelerator since its founding in 2019. Twenty startups will be selected for the program early next year, with the five-week program starting […]