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ACORD Partners With Global Insurance Accelerator for Innovation Challenge

Staff Writer | February 04, 2016

ACORD announces a partnership with the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), a global business accelerator focused on developing and growing innovative insurance-centric startups. The partnership brings the first of this year's ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge semi-final events to the Global Insurance Symposium at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, on April 26.

"The Global Insurance Accelerator is doing work that can be appreciated across the insurance industry," says Bill Hartnett, head of innovation for ACORD and AIIC executive sponsor. "The AIIC was designed to bring new ideas to the table via an equal footing platform. A partnership with the GIA and co-locating one of our semi-final events at the Global Insurance Symposium benefits everyone interested in innovation in the insurance industry."

"ACORD and the GIA share the goal of discovering and promoting entrepreneurial talent building solutions for the insurance industry," says Brian Hemesath, managing director of the GIA and emcee of the Global Insurance Symposium. "The AIIC program is an excellent opportunity for early-stage companies to gain exposure to insurance companies and the broader insurance ecosystem. This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for us to leverage their efforts and vice versa."

In 2015, the AIIC brought in more than 100 submissions which were narrowed to a semi-final field of 12 innovators who pitched live during the ACORD 2015 event last November. This year, individuals and companies submitting for the AIIC Des Moines semi-final event will pitch in front of a panel of judges comprised of insurance company professionals, analysts, entrepreneurs and thought leaders, as well as attendees to the Global Insurance Symposium who will have complimentary access to the event.

All AIIC qualifying pitches will have the opportunity to get feedback prior to the event, answer questions from the judges, and be graded on impact, ingenuity, applicability to the insurance industry, and quality of the presentation.

The submission process for the AIIC Des Moines semi-final event is open now through March 14, at, leading up the April 26 pitches, which will take place just prior to the opening reception of the Global Insurance Symposium at the Iowa Events Center. Early-stage startups are encouraged to submit a well-defined concept for a product or service that demonstrates the potential to disrupt or transform traditional approaches to all aspects of the insurance business and the industry at-large.

Winners of the AIIC Des Moines semi-final event will have the opportunity to join other semi-finalists to present to a panel of judges before a live audience at the ACORD 2016 event, November 1-3 at the Boca Raton (Fla.) Resort & Club. The winners, selected based on a ranking derived from a combination of responses from the live audience and the judging panel, will receive a prize package valued at $25,000. 

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