The startup has moved from one Des Moines-based accelerator to another Right after wrapping up the Global Insurance Accelerator’s 100-day program, Safari, a recruitment and training startup targeting the insurance workforce, is now taking part in BrokerTech Venture’s third accelerator cohort that launched in April. The company started in New York, where founder Jelani Fenton started his […]

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 […]

Early stage insurtech startups can apply to Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2022 program until Sept. 12. This will be GIA’s eighth year hosting the accelerator, which supports cohorts by providing seed funding and bringing in more than 75 local mentors to advise companies. The 100-day equity-based program runs from Jan. 12 to April 21, 2022 with […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2021 InsurTech Days event was held at Curate Event Center in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Business Record attended the first day to hear the growth story of Cowbell Cyber, a member of GIA’s 2019 accelerator program, and presentations from the 12 featured insurtechs. Attendees came from across […]

Representatives from Akur8 and Coherent shared their takeaways from Tuesday’s InsurTech Days events with the Business Record over email. What stood out to you from Tuesday’s panel and company presentations? Are there any specific takeaways for your company? Boriana Trifonova, Akur8: I particularly enjoyed hearing about CowbellCyber’s success story and fast evolution since the GIA! The team’s tenacity […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator announced seven insurtech startups joining the accelerator’s 2021 cohort. Based in Des Moines, the GIA will open this year’s 100-day program virtually on Jan. 19, the accelerator announced on Wednesday.  “The startups selected as part of our 2021 cohort have solutions for all lines of business which, with time, dollars, and development, […]

Registration is open now for the 2020 InsurTech Week, hosted virtually this year by the Global Insurance Accelerator on Oct. 12-16. Founders from 28 previous GIA cohort companies and 20 selected growth-stage companies will be highlighted during the week through the Hopin virtual event app, which will host live presentations, breakout room demos, virtual booths […]

Nicole Gunderson, managing director of the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), has been named to the Board of Advisors for governance, risk and compliance firm ViClarity, part of PolicyWorks LLC. ViClarity was acquired by PolicyWorks in 2020 and has office locations in Des Moines, Boston and Ireland. Prior to joining the GIA in 2019, […]

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 […]