BrokerTech Ventures Announces Launch of BTV LATAM Partnership with Domestic Presence in Eastern United States
BTV Also Elevates Broker-Led Partner Platform to 15
Des Moines, IA – September 30, 2021 – As BrokerTech Ventures (BTV), the industry’s first broker-led convening platform and accelerator program, gets ready to take center stage by leading out BrokerTech Connect during InsureTech Connect (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nev., the company is also making two major announcements.
First, BTV is elevating its already international presence by pledging to counsel and advise the LATAM (Latin American) Accelerator operation fueled by the foundational guidance of members from the BTV leadership team. BTV LATAM will have its domestic presence in Miami, Fla.
BTV also represents The Israeli Insurtech Accelerator, which operates out of Tel Aviv, Israel, and was founded in November 2020.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with the team in Latin America,” said Mike Mitchell, Vice Chairman of the Graham Company, with locations in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York. “As we look to build on our success of pushing the envelope for insurtech in the U.S. to a global scale, our work ahead with the Latin America team will be instrumental. We look forward to exchanging innovative ideas that will exceed expectations for how insurance is done across the globe — and with our own clients.”
“BTV’s wide array of knowledge and thought leadership from our broker and agency partners combined with LATAM’s drive to enhance and maximize the delivery of client-centric insurance solutions makes this a win-win for all,” said Mike Tiagwad, President & CEO at Conner Strong & Buckelew, based out of Camden, N.J.
The LATAM Accelerator will be formed and led by Pablo Duarte and Hilario Itriago, Co-Founders of Insurt3ch and NetBrokrs. Both men bring more than 20 years of experience each in the insurance and insurtech/fintech industries. Using the BTV Accelerator program, LATAM hopes to maximize emerging technologies for insurance companies through tailored input centered on specific business issues.
“We could not be happier and more motivated to bring BTV to LATAM,” said Itriago. “A rich history of brokerage exists in all our countries across the region, and at this crucial time in our industry’s transformation, it is more important than ever to bring broker-centric innovation and investment. We are to be the firsts in Latin America with this approach, and in doing so, we hope to spark great participation in BTV LATAM.”
On top of this news, BTV has also announced the addition of its newest industry-leading broker partner UNICO Group.
“Our BTV network continues to increase in expansion across the country, allowing us to be the first to stake our position in cultivating, curating, and fostering innovation for brokers,” said Dan Keough, Holmes Murphy Chairman and CEO and co-CEO of BTV. “UNICO Group is a well-respected brokerage with a commitment to innovation and thought leadership, and we’re excited to have their cutting-edge ideas at the table.”
The addition of UNICO Group brings the BTV industry portfolio to 15 of the most sizable and innovative brokerage firms in North America and 12 of the most notable and respected insurance companies and wholesalers with both domestic and international presence.
“UNICO Group is excited to partner with BrokerTech Ventures and its members in our joint mission to collectively embrace insurtech solutions,” said Ric Stoakes, UNICO Executive Vice President, Risk Consultant. “BTV’s dedication to innovation and technology aligns with our future-focused drive and motivation. We were humbled by the invitation from such well-respected firms and are energized to begin working together on this new opportunity for the benefit of those we serve.“
On top of this news, between the BTV Accelerator and Early-Stage Investment towers of operation, BTV now also represents 24 insurtech companies in its portfolio, with investments and commercial engagements in each. The application window for the 2022 BTV Accelerator will open in November.
For more information on BTV, please visit www.brokertechventures.com.
About BrokerTech Ventures
Based in the insurance nucleus of Des Moines, Iowa, BrokerTech Ventures (BTV) is the first broker-led convening platform focused on delivering innovation to the insurance broker industry. Founded in 2019, BTV provides a venue for the best minds in insurance and technology to collaborate and bring to market leading-edge ideas and solutions. BTV invests in the research and testing for each of the chosen startups, provides access to veteran industry mentors, and helps scale the technology to market through broker distribution channels. Learn more at www.brokertechventures.com, or follow us on Twitter (@BrokerTechVen), LinkedIn, or Facebook.
About Conner Strong & Buckelew
Conner Strong & Buckelew is among America’s largest insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. The firm is an industry leader in providing high-risk businesses with comprehensive solutions to prevent losses, manage claims, and drive bottom line growth. Its employee benefits practice focuses on providing best-in-class benefits administration, health and wellness programs and strategic advisory services.
Founded in 1959 with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Florida, and Georgia, Conner Strong & Buckelew has a team of more than 400 professionals, serving clients throughout the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.connerstrong.com or follow us on LinkedIn (@ConnerStrong&Buckelew), Twitter (@connerstrong), Facebook (@connerstrongbuckelew) and Instagram (@connerstrongbuckelew).