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“We’re excited about the potential innovation that the accelerator can bring to the insurance industry,” says Doug Fick, VP and CIO of U.S. Insurance Solutions for The Principal Financial Group and a board member for the accelerator. “We’re also excited that it’s located here in Des Moines.” [See also: Global Insurance Accelerator Propels Industry Innovation] Following are brief capsules of each member of the inaugural class, who range from Des Moines locals to Berliners and are exploring video, analytics, telematics, distribution, and claims automation.