In the last four years, the insurance industry has built an insurance-centric, entrepreneurial ecosystem in Des Moines, Iowa. Grounded by the Global Insurance Accelerator, this ecosystem now enjoys global recognition in the InsureTech world. Watch the Business Record's live broadcast of a session from the 2018 Best of the Midwest Angel Capital Association Conference to hear the story of how this happened and how the ecosystem benefits startups, corporations, and investors. Five speakers each gave a 10 minute presentation on a specific topic that related to the InsureTech world.
(7:30) Overview of the ecosystem and how it developed - Jeff Russell, CEO Delta Dental of Iowa 
(19:00) A playbook for startup engagement - Susie Thomann, CIO Retirement and Income, Principal Financial Group
(32:00) Personal involvement with startups - Nick Gerhart, Chief Administrative Officer, Farm Bureau Financial Services 
Lessons learned from three startup interactions - Louise Billmeyer, CIO US Insurance Solutions, Principal Financial Group
Corporate investing in startups - Kurt Eaves, Vice President of Underwriting, Grinnell Mutual Insurance