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InsurTech Week is an opportunity for InsurTech companies at every stage to engage with investors and insurance professionals in Des Moines.

Global Insurance Accelerator : InsurTech Week




What is InsurTech Week?

Once a year, the Global Insurance Accelerator hosts 10-15 up-and-coming InsurTech companies for a week-long insurance immersion program. The selected companies are invited to take advantage of co-working and networking opportunities with the GIA.

InsurTech Week differs from the traditional GIA Accelerator Program in that there is no equity exchange and no residency requirement, making participation possible for entrepreneurs at every stage.

InsurTech Week is open to the public. The activities are designed to connect professionals with innovative companies through one-on-one meetings, presentations and networking activities.


Who Should Attend?

Insurance professionals, regulators, Seed and Series A investors, insurtech leaders and other professionals with expertise in finance and technology will benefit from attending.

Within insurance, since the Insurtech companies invited to participate in InsurTech Week cross the spectrum of functionality/solution and lines of business, everyone from actuaries and underwriters to IT managers and innovation leaders are welcome. Past insurtech companies have demonstrated solutions for a wide range of insurance lines.

InsurTech Week is open to the public. So if you didn't fall into one of the mentioned categories, but would like to attend, please join us.


2018 Schedule of Activities

InsurTech Week 2018 runs October 22-26. The activities below will be updated with registration links, locations and other important details as they are firmed up. Until then, you can use the details below to book your travel.

Monday | October 22
The selected companies are encouraged to arrive no later than early afternoon. GIA investors and mentors will be provided a networking schedule which includes time on Monday.
The GIA will host a private reception in the evening for the selected companies to get to know one another.
No public activities are planned.

Tuesday | October 23
Tuesday is reserved for educational sessions (presenters + exact times to be announced later):
- Regulatory Considerations: for Insurtech companies that touch insurance regulation in any way, you will want to attend this session. Audience: selected InsurTech Week participants will get first access; remaining seats will be open to any early-stage company.
- (Startup) Executive Development: for Insurtech CEOs who have raised their first or second round of institutional capital and need to become more "executive" as it relates to investor relations and leading the company. Audience: selected InsurTech Week participants will get first access; remaining seats will be open to qualified early-stage companies who have or plan to raise institutional capital.
- Capital Raising (Startup): for Insurtech companies who have not raised any institutional capital. Audience: selected InsurTech Week participants will get first access; remaining seats will be open to qualified early-stage companies.
- Earning and Executing a Pilot: for Insurtech companies trying to perfect the business development process with insurance companies. Audience: selected InsurTech Week participants will get first access; remaining seats will be open to qualified early-stage companies.
Note: space is limited. Selected companies are given priority as one of the benefits of being selected. However, all startups are encouraged to participate as space allows. Please email us to secure a seat.

Wednesday | October 24
Presentations: the general public is invited to participate in an afternoon session (2:30 - 5:30) which will give the audience overviews of the respective companies selected to participate. This is not a pitch competition, it will be an interview style presentation with breaks designed to encourage connections. The schedule of companies will be released closer to the event.
Social: the general public is invited to get social from 6-8p. This is a networking event with food and drink provided.
Mentor Reception: GIA Mentors will be receiving an invitation to a mentor-exclusive breakfast Wednesday morning. Details will be in your inbox before August 31st.

Thursday | October 25
VC and CVC Office Hours: Insurtech Week selected companies, along with other invited startups, will be provided access to office-hours with venture capital firms and corporate venture arms who are making Seed and Series A investments.
No public activities are planned.

Friday | October 26
Selected companies are encouraged to schedule meetings through today - the office will remain available for networking and co-working.
No public activities are planned.




I'm sold. What days should I book travel?

For startups, you are welcome to register for the Tuesday education sessions when they open. If you can secure a spot, you will need to be in Des Moines Tuesday morning. If your schedule allows, stay through to Thursday afternoon to maximize your networking opportunities.

For VCs and CVCs, we would love to see you arrive Wednesday morning and stay through to Thursday afternoon or evening. We will be inviting VCs and CVCs investing in Insurtech companies to set up office hours on THURSDAY. Contact us if you would like to participate.

For everyone else, the best travel dates would be to arrive in Des Moines Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning and stay through Thursday morning.

Our office (map link) is near lots of hotels.

We look forward to seeing you here.


Curious about past companies selected for InsurTech Week?

Companies that joined us in previous years can be reviewed here.