BY STEVE DINNEN
It has brought together angel investors, accredited individual investors and seed capital managers to, in its words, minimize geographic barriers, improve syndication and build lasting relationships (there are several angel investor groups in Des Moines).
One focus of the conference, held at the downtown Hilton, is a discussion on the Global Insurance Accelerator efforts taking place in the city. Speakers include two executives from Principal Financial Group and Nick Gerhart, former Iowa Insurance Commissioner and current chief administrative officer at Farm Bureau Financial Services.
As one of the nation’s hubs for insurance, Des Moines has developed a knack for bringing funding — along with advice from leading industry experts — to entrepreneurs serving the industry. What better time or place to make this happen, and in a city that has the power to spark change across the globe?