AM BestTV at the IASA Conference: Competitive Insurance Industry Is Open and Generous to Startups, Says Expert Panel

In this AMBestTV episode from the IASA Conference in Phoenix, AZ, a panel of executives from the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) and from companies partnered with the accelerator say that despite the competitive nature of the insurance industry, they have found that established companies are open and generous with their time and knowledge. Click on to view the entire program.

The GIA is a business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups.

We help discover a lot of new innovators and connect them with our investor companies, said Brian Hemesath, managing director, GIA. We help grease the wheels on strategic partnerships and pilots by teaching both sides of the table what to expect when there is an opportunity.

Jake Tamarkin, co-founder & chief executive officer, Everyday Life, highlighted how this program has helped him make valuable business connections.

There is a great informal mentoring happening among the cohorts. It has been fun for the camaraderie, but also incredibly valuable, I think I can speak for all the companies in terms of the learnings, which we are sharing and the connections that we have been making, he said.

Other people that appear in this episode:

  • Nicole Cook, managing director, Global Insurance Accelerator; and
  • Jim Gardner, co-founder & chief executive officer, ViewSpection.

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