Our Demo Day is here!

Once again, the Global Insurance Accelerator will have a significant presence at the Global Insurance Symposium. Our cohort will take over the stage from 12:45 to 2:00 (CST) on Wednesday April 26th, with each startup presenting their venture.

The Livestream is available at this URL: https://livestream.com/accounts/24728878/gia2017

Meet Our Mentors

The quality of an accelerator program is directly correlated to the quality of its mentors. We pride ourselves in seeking the best mentors to help our startups advance their ventures. See someone you want to meet? Ask us for an introduction.
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Mentors in the Insurance category have a deep understanding of insurance and either worked in or currently work in the industry. We have mentors from the following insurance carriers and brokers: AIG, American Equity, Delta Dental of Iowa, EMC, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Farmers Mutual Hail, FBL Financial Group, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, GuideOne Insurance, Holmes Murphy & Associates, The IMT Group, Jewelers Mutual, Mutual of Omaha, Munich Re, Merchants Bonding, Nationwide, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Patriot National, Principal Financial Group, QBE, RGAx, Swiss Re, The IMT Group. We also keep our portfolio up-to-date with the investment arms of Allianz, American Family Insurance, Assurant, AXA, CSAA, Transamerica, XL Catlin and others. Learn more about becoming a mentor.
Mentors in the Capital category represent VC's and angel investors.
Mentors in Startup category understand early-stage companies and share their experiences to help avoid stumbling blocks.
Mentors in the Advisor category can give strategic advice on topics such as financial modeling, sales stratgies, marketing, raising capital and more.
Mentors in the Service Professional category represent companies that can help with legal, design, development, recruiting, HR, accounting and other business activities.


Jason Adams
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company
Senior Underwriting Director, Commercial Agribusiness
Insurance / LinkedIn
Noaman Ahmad
Aon
Senior Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ian Asplund
EMC Insurance
SVP Strategic Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gregory Bailey
Denim
Co-Founder and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Derian Baugh
Men's Style Lab
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Shefi Ben Hutta
Coverager
Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dave Beving
GuideOne Insurance
Senior Enterprise Architect
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mandi Bishop
Aloha Health
Co-Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Farron Blanc
RGAx
VP Innovation Studio
Insurance / LinkedIn
GB
Greg Blythe
The IMT Group
Vice President & Treasurer
Insurance
Nataliya Boychenko
Holmes Murphy & Associates
AVP - Employee Benefits, Shareholder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Breading
Strategy Meets Action
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kelly Bruhn
Drake University
Associate Dean, SJMC
Academic / LinkedIn
Andrew Bryant
Drake University
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Academic / LinkedIn
Brad Buchanan
The IMT Group
V/P, Personal Lines Underwriting
Insurance
Brett Burkhart
Shift
Strategic Director
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Don Cahalan
Biggin Solutions llc
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tom Callanan
Callanan + Associates
Managing Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Capron
Finnegan
Partner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Brian Casey
Locke Lord LLP
Partner, Co-Chair Regulatory and Trnasactions Insurance Practice Group
Insurance / LinkedIn
AC
Ari Chatterjee
Hannover Re
Actuarial Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Cheatham
RiskGenius
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Eric Christensen
Principal Financial Group
Senior Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brittany Clements
Allianz Life
Strategic Ventures Manager
Capital / LinkedIn
John Clinton
Farmington Capital Partners
Managing Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eric Coleman
Nationwide
AVP, Commercial Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Colwell
Square One DSM
Executive Director
Advisor / LinkedIn
Mike Condon
Mike Condon, Inc.
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
MC
Mike Connor
Continental Western Group
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
TC
Trent Cooksley
Markel
Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
William Coumbe
Prime Insurance Company
Claims Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Doug Cretsinger
GuideOne Insurance
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Dayton
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Attorney - Shareholder
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Benjamin DeBoer
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Director, Corporate Developmen
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tej Dhawan
Technology Association of Iowa
Member Board of Directors
Advisor / LinkedIn
Ann Dieleman
Ann Dieleman Consulting, LLC
Managing Principal
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kurt Eaves
Grinnell Mutual
Vice President, Direct Underwriting and Production
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Eisenberg
Transamerica
Assistant Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Michael Elam
Delta Dental of Iowa
Sales Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Eric Engelmann
Iowa Startup Accelerator
MD
Startup / LinkedIn
Truman Esmond
AAIS
VP, Membership Engagement & Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
Isaac Espinoza
Greenlight Re
Actuary/Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nick Evens
Veridian Group
President
Capital / LinkedIn
Jerry Fadden
Insurance and financial services industry executive
Insurance / LinkedIn
BF
Bob Foley
Mutual of Omaha
Director, Employee Benefits
Insurance / LinkedIn
George Freimarck
Xceedance
Vice President Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Gallo
Aon Benfield
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Denise Garth
Majesco
SVP Strategic Marketing, Innovation and Industry Relations
Service Provider / LinkedIn
JD Geneser
LWBJ Financial
Senior Partner
Advisor / LinkedIn
Ryan Gerhardy
Next Level Ventures
Associate
Capital / LinkedIn
Nick Gerhart
FBL Financial Group
Chief Administrative Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bryan Gill
Berkley Technology Services
User Experience Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Peter Gilman
Nassau Reinsurance Group
Managing Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gabriel Glynn
MakuSafe Corporation
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Jason Grams
Bishop White Insurance
Owner & General Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Greteman
TBD
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Judith Haddad
Patriot National, Inc.
Executive Vice President, CIO and CTO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jim Hagenbucher
N/A
Independent Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dylan Hamilton
Online Marketing
Service Professional / LinkedIn
David Hanley
(tbd)
Founder
Insurance / LinkedIn
Wayne Hansen
CI3
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Brett Harman
Harman Holdings
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jeremy Harrington
Voce Communications
Senior Vice President
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Susan Hatten
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Senior Consultant Enterprise Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Insurance / LinkedIn
Katherine Hedrick
Nationwide
Associate Vice President, Commercial Program Delivery
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dustin Hemesath
GolfRz
Co-Founder
Startup / LinkedIn
Jeff Heng
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Chief Actuary - Life Companies
Insurance / LinkedIn
Beth Herman
Principal Financial Group
Assistant Director - IT
Insurance / LinkedIn
Christopher Holcombe
Chubb
VP, Group Claims Technology & Ops
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Holland
Ally Insurance
Chief Risk Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
DH
Dalene Holland
The IMT Group
Corporate Secretary, Senior Manager Support Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mary Honeyman
Delta Dental of Iowa
Marketing Coordinator
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kevin Horwitz
RLI
VP, Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Hoyt
Sogeti
National Healthcare Leader
Insurance / LinkedIn
Craig Ibsen
Next Level Ventures
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Shane Isley
CFO Systems
Director
Service Professional / LinkedIn
JJ Jagannathan
CoreLogic
Sr Director Strategic Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Rishi Jain
Infosys McCamish
COO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Matthew Jones
Swiss Re
VP Customer Engagement
Insurance / LinkedIn
Gajapathi Kannan
Genworth
Director, CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Henna Karna
Advisor / Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sean Kennedy
The IMT Group
President and CEO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Todd Kirke
Paragon IT Professionals
Sales Manager
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Peggy Klingel
Allstate
Sr. Manager Claims Analytics & Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ken Klug
Grinnell Mutual
Assistant Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Adam Koppes
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation / Rural Vitality Funds
Investment Manager
Capital / LinkedIn
Tim Kramer
Palmer Group
Sales Manager - Application Development Division
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Paul Kramper
Mutual of Omaha
Senior Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Nicholas Kreczko
The Hartford
Director - Enterprise Strategy and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
ML
Meyer Lehman
Continental Western Group
VP & Chief Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
Joe Leo
BrownWinick Law Firm
Attorney
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Everett Leonidas
Aviva
Innovation & New Business
Insurance / LinkedIn
Douglas Lewis
Holbrook Development
Resource Strategist
Startup / LinkedIn
Nate Luce
PEMCO Insurance
Marketing Program Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Alan Lurty
Northstar Consulting
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
ML
Mark Lyons
LMC Insurance & Risk Management
CFO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Aaron Madison
The IMT Group
Sr. Manager - Software Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Carl Maerz
Rocket Referrals
COO
Startup / LinkedIn
Torey Maerz
Rocket Referrals
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Cindy Maike
Hortonworks
General Manager, Insurance
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jonathan Manatt
Grinnell Mutual
VP of Internal Audit & Strategic Initiatives
Insurance / LinkedIn
Meyer Mandel
CoreLogic
Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kumar Manu
Travelers
Second Vice-President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Travis McAlpin
The IMT Group
Sr. IT Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tim McCulloh
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Account Executive
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kasey McCurdy
Bunchball
VP of Engineering
Startup / LinkedIn
Matt McDonald
Principal Financial Group
Lead Technical Recruiter
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Ben McDougal
Jet Set Studio
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jeff Menary
Grinnell Mutual
Executive Vice President Line Operations
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Merlo
FBL Financial Group
Customer Marketing & Integration Vice President
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Miles
ManchesterStory Group
Managing Principal
Capital / LinkedIn
Brandon Miller
EY
Advisory Senior Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jerod Mollenhauer
Spark Reaction
Operations and Sales
Startup / LinkedIn
SM
Steve Morain
Davis Brown Law Firm
Of Counsel
Service Professional
Josiah Mouw
JMIC
Enterprise Application Architect
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brian Neitzel
IMT Insurance Company
VP - Research & Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
JO
Jody Ochsner
The IMT Group
Commercial Lines Senior Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Randy Odzer
Principal Financial Group
Chief Financial Officer-U.S. Insurance Solutions
Insurance / LinkedIn
Sheldon Ohringer
Caleris
CEO
Advisor / LinkedIn
Eddie Olson
Allianz Life
Investor at Allianz Life
Capital / LinkedIn
Jennifer Overhulse
St. Nick Media Services
Principal Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
CO
Chris Owenson
The IMT Group
VP Claims
Insurance / LinkedIn
Randy Paez
York Risk Services Group
Chief Innovation Officer
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chirag Pancholi
Investor
Former CEO/Founder
Startup / LinkedIn
Victor Pascucci
HSB
Venture
Capital / LinkedIn
Jerry Patterson
Principal Financial Group
Senior Vice President, Retirement and Investor Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
AP
Aaron Pearce
Continental Western Group
Vice President & General Counsel
Insurance / LinkedIn
Tiffany Pesek
CDS Global
Senior Consultant, Payments & Product Development
Startup / LinkedIn
Andrew Pitz
Transamerica Ventures
Associate
Capital / LinkedIn
Brian Poppe
Mutual of Omaha
VP, Innovation Strategy
Insurance / LinkedIn
Jackie Pullen
Financial Strategy Consulting Co
President
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Suku Radia
Bankers Trust
CEO/President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Anu Ramaswamy
Cognizant Technology Solution
Consulting Director
Insurance / LinkedIn
Chris Randall
RLI
VP Risk Services
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Rasmussen
Merchants Bonding
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Marie-Christine Razaire
Validus
Underwriter
Insurance / LinkedIn
Praveen Reddy
Velocity Risk Underwriters
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
KR
Karen Reilly
EMC Insurance
Consultant Home Office Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Margaret Resce Milkint
The Jacobson Group
Managing Partner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Sara Richards
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Senior Business Relationship Consultant
Insurance / LinkedIn
Stephen Ringlee
Centesimus Capital
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Adam Roorda
Think Digital
Director of Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Levi Rosol
We Write Code
Owner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Patricia Saporito
SAP
Sr. Director, Global COE for Analytics
Insurance / LinkedIn
Ayan Sarkar
Guidewire Software
Business Lead - Digital Customer Experiences
Insurance / LinkedIn
Benjamin Savage
Clocktower Ventures
Managing Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Bo Schatzberg
Global Atlantic
Associate - Information Technology
Insurance / LinkedIn
April Schmaltz
Delta Dental of Iowa
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Donald Schoen
BettrLife
CEO
Advisor / LinkedIn
Roby Shay
Grinnell Mutual
CIO
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dan Shipton
Make Sail
Consultant
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Dawn Sly-Terpstra
Grinnell Mutual
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Online Development
Insurance / LinkedIn
Kari Smith
LivWel Advisors
Relationship Manager & Investment Advisor Representative
Insurance / LinkedIn
Keith Snow
B2E Direct Marketing, Inc.
President / Data Scientist
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Dodd Starbird
Implementation Partners LLC
Managing Partner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Karl Stark
Elagy
CEO
Startup / LinkedIn
Matt Streisfeld
Oak HC/FT
Vice President
Capital / LinkedIn
Ted Stuckey
QBE
Vice President, Digital Innovation
Insurance / LinkedIn
TS
Thomas Swartwood
Drake University
Ass't Prof.
Academic / LinkedIn
Randy Sysol
SyInsTec
President
Insurance / LinkedIn
Dave Thamke
Sogeti USA
Geographic Vice President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Kathleen Till Stange
FBL Financial Group
Vice President Corporate & Investor Relations
Insurance / LinkedIn
Patricia Tilton
KPMG LLP
Retired Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
David Tominsky
Iowa Startup Accelerator
Program Manager
Startup / LinkedIn
Wil Trohanis
MetLife
AVP Global Employee Benefits
Insurance / LinkedIn
MV
Mark Vasey
The IMT Group
Vice-President, Farm & Commercial Underwriting
Insurance / LinkedIn
Carrie Volp
Jewelers Mutual Insurance
Underwriting Services Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Justin Watkins
Drinker Biddle
Partner
Service Professional / LinkedIn
Susan Watson
Drake University
Assistant Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science; Assistant Director School
Academic / LinkedIn
Cayla Weisberg
InvestHER Ventures
Partner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mark Weisheipl
River Glen Private Capital
Associate Director
Capital / LinkedIn
Ann West
The IMT Group
Vice President Information Systems
Insurance
William Weyers
Weyers & Associates
Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Steve Whitty
Principal
VP Global Brand and Insights
Insurance / LinkedIn
Brad Williams
Doextra CRM Solutions, LLC
President
Advisor / LinkedIn
Jon Williams
EMC
Claims Manager
Insurance / LinkedIn
Bill Workman
Workman Technology Group
Owner
Insurance / LinkedIn
Mike Yanacheak
Iowa Insurance Division
Chief Actuary
Insurance / LinkedIn
JZ
Joe Zuk
Atlas General Insurance Services
President, Commerical
Insurance / LinkedIn
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Registration opens for 2017 Global Insurance Symposium