BrokerTech Ventures (BTV; Des Moines, Iowa) carved out a unique niche in the world of insurance startup accelerators both in its focus on distribution technology and its organizational structure and operational model focused on business development. The organization was founded by Dan Keough, Susan Hatten and Ellen Willadsen of Des Moines-based broker Holmes Murphy, along with Mike Victorson, Kacie Conroy and Tom Golden of M3 Insurance, a Madison, Wisc. Based agency. John Jackovin joined the organization in early 2020 to lead the BTV accelerator as Executive Director. Launched in September 2019, BTV debuted its first cohort of North American startups in Feb. 2020. Despite the exigencies of the pandemic, BTV went on to expand its carrier and distributor partnerships during 2020, expanding from nine to 24 agency/broker and wholesaler/carrier partners.
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