Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for organizations to provide specific biotechnology innovators with technical and entrepreneurial support to accelerate product development, HHS announced Wednesday. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, part of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Prepardness and Response, established eight accelerators […]

The Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator has hired Nicole Cook as the next managing director, to take over full time after current director Brian Hemesath steps down from his role on May 1, following the conclusion of the 2019 cohort. Cook begins with the GIA today and will work along with Hemesath and program manager […]

Global Atlantic Financial Group announced a $100,000 investment in the Global Insurance Accelerator, a Des Moines-based 100 day program aiding up to ten insurtech startups in financing and industry connections. The investment joins Global Atlantic with the GIA’s 12 other existing private company investors, which support the accelerator’s mentor networks and business infrastructure assistance. GIA […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is welcoming 10 new insurtech companies to Des Moines as part of the 2019 cohort, starting Jan. 15. This year’s GIA cohort is developing and delivering new products and business models for buying insurance, cyber risk protection, underwriting automation, advisor services, digital transformation, claims resolution, pension planning, and employee benefit management. […]

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is taking applications from early-stage startups seeking to join its third cohort, the accelerator announced on Monday. The 2019 program runs from May 28 to Aug. 29 and accepts up to five startups worldwide. Those selected will receive $40,000 in seed funding, subsidized housing and office space, and will have time […]

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator received first place in the 2018 Entrepreneurial Awards, hosted by the Mid-America Economic Development Council. The accelerator, launched in 2016 by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Cultivation Corridor, came in first for communities with a population over 50,000 and accepted the award during the Dec. 2-4 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & […]

Applications are now open to Iowa State University students or recent graduates for CYstarters, a 10-week summer accelerator assisting participants with their startup or business idea. Selected students will receive $6,500 for an individual or up to $13,000 per student team to spend the 2019 summer pursuing their business model from May 20 to Aug. […]

Midwest startup accelerator gener8tor announced a new partnership with Allianz Life Ventures and Securian Financial to establish the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator in the Twin Cities, reports AmericanInno. Five startups will be welcomed into the three-month program each year, with a cash investment of $100,000. The program builds off the existing OnRamp Insurance Conference, which has […]

The Ag Startup Engine’s seven initial agricultural startup companies have collectively raised more than $10 million in follow-on investments, the organization announced today. The seven portfolio companies within ASE at Iowa State University Research Park have also created more than 40 jobs since the initiative’s launch. Established in late 2016, the ASE began by looking […]

The insurance industry revolves around a core promise: to take care of consumers, no matter what the future holds. So who makes that same promise for the insurance carriers? At the 2018 InsureTech Week hosted by the Global Insurance Accelerator, 14 startups made the public pitch to resolve industry worries, with 158 international visitors to […]