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 […]

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 […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator has announced Dan Israel will be its next managing director. Israel’s most recent role was as director – enterprise strategy and innovation at Principal Financial Group, which is an investor in the GIA. “I’ve been able to see firsthand the positive impact the GIA has both on the cohort firms, which it helps to […]

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 […]