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Prior to ITC, six brokerages from across the country announced BrokerTech Ventures (BTV), the first broker-led incubator and venture group focused specifically on broker-focused technology startups. The program, launched in Des Moines, Iowa, plans to deliver mentorship opportunities, education, funding and an accelerator curriculum.

The program is led by Holmes Murphy, along with M3 Insurance, PayneWest, ABD, Conner Strong & Buckelew and Assurance. Susan Hatten , Sr. Manager of Corporate Community Engagement at Holmes Murphy will serve as Interim Executive Director until the full hire. Additionally, Brian Hemesath, former managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) will provide guidance and expertise to the program and fund.

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