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 […]

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 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 […]

Inside the intimate auditorium at the Science Center of Iowa, an audience of startup community partners, members and investors displayed their energy and excitement for the 2021 Techstars Iowa cohort at the Demo Day event Wednesday. Founders from the 10 companies each spent three minutes pitching their concepts and sharing the progress they achieved during […]

The Small Business Administration announced 76 awards for accelerators supporting inclusive entrepreneurship, including two from Iowa. The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) and Rural Business Innovators Iowa SBDC will receive $50,000 each as winners of the 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, which recognized efforts that “targeted assistance to STEM/R&D entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, including women, […]

The Techstars Iowa Accelerator is welcoming 10 new companies to the 2021 cohort. Nearly all those in this year’s cohort founded their business amid the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns during 2020, said Kerty Levy, managing director of Techstars Iowa. “What that says is that they’re hopeful. They trust that they can create, they can make great […]

Seven international startup companies will join the first six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced. The program is designed to provide participants with networking and mentorship among Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems and customer perspectives. The program begins April 13. Participating companies are Australian […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced the addition of carrier Zurich North America to the BrokerTech platform and accelerator program this week. The addition of Zurich North America now brings BTV to 24 insurance brands nationally. BTV recently announced partnerships with InsurTech Israel and Ayalon Insurance Company to launch the Israeli InsurTech Accelerator internationally, and additional accelerator partnerships […]