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 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 […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced on Sept. 30 the addition of its newest broker partner, UNICO Group, based in Lincoln, Neb. The new partner brings BrokerTech’s portfolio up to 15 of the most sizable and innovative brokerage firms in North America, according to a release. UNICO Group’s services include business, personal and telecommunications insurance as well as financial […]

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 […]

BrokerTech Ventures is partnering with the industry conference InsureTech Connect to host ITC’s BrokerTech Connect, a broker-focused insurtech series hosted during InsureTech Connect’s conference on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Las Vegas. BrokerTech Ventures and ITC previously partnered in 2020 during the Agency Connect Virtual Conference, which attracted more than 2,000 brokers, agents and brokertech attendees […]

American Enterprise Group, Inc. (AEG) is releasing a new application processing platform for life and health policies in partnership with MRS, a global insurance automation firm. The new platform will allow straight-through processing and instant decisioning for real-time policy issuance. The partnership with MRS resulted from a previous connection between MRS and American Enterprise Ventures, […]