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The Global Insurance Accelerator's InsurTech Week 2019

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321 E Walnut St

Des Moines, IA 50309

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InsurTech companies, mentors, insurance enthusiasts, and friends:

Welcome to the GIA's fifth annual InsurTech Week!

InsurTech Week is an opportunity for the insurance industry to participate in a number of innovation activities with the Global Insurance Accelerator. The activities include innovation presentations, co-working, networking, education and matchmaking for pilots and capital.

The GIA's insurance company investors select a group of early/growth-stage companies to highlight the week as featured insurtech companies. These selected companies take advantage of promotional, co-working and networking opportunities as well as subsidized hotel costs. You can view those selected companies HERE.

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

See the schedule below, and register to the right. Please note different locations around Des Moines.



Tuesday, October 15:

(All times are in CT)

6 a.m. Sunrise 5k run/walk to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park


9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. InsurTech Founder Educational sessions led by GIA mentors for the featured InsurTech teams.

Audience: InsurTech Founders and Entrepreneurs

Location: Iowa Taproom (map) 215 E 3rd St #100, Des Moines, IA 50309 -- Marquette room


9 a.m.: Educational day kick-off by Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.: Regulatory considerations for InsurTech founders

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Raising capital when you haven't raised before

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.: Technical assessments when you want to do work with an insurance carrier

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH at the Iowa Taproom

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Bootstrapped branding and marketing for founders

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.: Selling and Pilot superset: Selling into the insurance company

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Selling and Pilot superset: You have the pilot, now what?

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: GIA Alumni power hour presentations



Wednesday, October 16:

(All time are in CT)

6 a.m. Sunrise Yoga at the Iowa State Capitol (cap at 50)


7:30 - 9 a.m. Mentor Morning Mixer

Location: Iowa Tap Room (map) 215 E 3rd St #100, Des Moines, IA 50309 -- Marquette Room

If you are a mentor of the GIA, or looking to join the mentor program, join us for a mentor-only breakfast! We'll serve plenty of coffee, pastries, and good conversation. Plus, you will get to hear the joys and tough lessons of mentorship by fellow mentors.


9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brella networking

Location: Iowa Tap Room (same as above) 215 E 3rd St #100, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dig into the Brella networking app to meet the featured insurtech companies, mentors, and the greater InsurtTech public.

Brella is a separate app, and can setup on your computer or smart phone, and can be downloaded to your smart phone. It is best to not print your schedule, as the meetings move quickly in the app. The InsurTech Week Brella URL is: TBD


11:30 - 1 p.m. Lunch served at the networking session at the Iowa Taproom



2 - 5 p.m. InsurTech Week Featured Company Spotlight

Location: Mainframe Studios (map) 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309

Listen in as our 15+ featured InsurTech companies share exciting overviews about each of their companies either through a presentation or interview on stage at Mainframe Studios.

We'll stay at Mainframe Studios for the evening networking event immediately following.


5 - 7 p.m. Networking Happy Hour at Mainframe Studios

Location: Mainframe Studios (same as above) 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309

Everyone is invited to mix and mingle with one another, find the InsurTech founder who inspired you the most, and make new insurance friends!

Special Happy Hour Guest: Come meet Rob Galbraith, Director of Innovation at AF Group and the author of the Amazon bestselling book The End Of Insurance As We Know It. Find out what makes him “the most interesting man in insurance” and why it’s never been a more exciting time to be an innovator in the industry. You’ll also have an opportunity to get a signed copy of the book and take selfies with him!



Thursday, October 17:

9 - 5 p.m. Brella networking at the GIA

Finish your week out with networking meetings through Brella. We'll conduct these meetings in the foyer of the GIA today and tomorrow.

Brella is a separate app, and can set up on your computer or smart phone, and can be downloaded to your smart phone. It is best to not print your schedule, as the meetings move quickly in the app. The InsurTech Week Brella URL is: TBD


10 a.m. Women in Insurance Coffee and Conversations

Location: Scenic Route Bakery (map) 350 E Locust St #104, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us for a mid-morning coffee and conversation on women in insurance. Open to all!



Friday, October 18:

9 - 5 p.m. Brella networking at the GIA

Finish your week out with networking meetings through Brella. We'll conduct these meetings in the foyer of the GIA.

Brella is a separate app, and can set up on your computer or smart phone, and can be downloaded to your smart phone. It is best to not print your schedule, as the meetings move quickly in the app. The InsurTech Week Brella URL is: TBD

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