Last year, insurance companies ramped up their interest and support of technology startups significantly as the industry faces disruption from the digital customer revolution. That’s good news for Brian Hemesath, the managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator, a Des Moines-based partnership between seven insurance companies aimed at getting innovative insurance-focused technology ready for market.

The accelerator announced its second class today after a very successful first year, Hemesath says – and there were twice as many applicants this year compared to last year.

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