ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge Semi-Finals to Be Hosted by Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator

The second of four semi-finals of ACORD’s startup competition will be held in conjunction with the SVIA’s Q2 Insurance Disrupted Conference in May.

(Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo, Calif., venue of the Insurance Disrupted conference in May 2016.)

The second semi-final for the 2016 ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge (AIIC), an innovation competition-business incubator hybrid launched in 2015, will be held on May 23 and hosted by the Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator (SVIA), ) in conjunction with the Q2 Insurance Disrupted: Disruptive Business Models | InsurTech Invest conference at the Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo, Calif. on May 24 and 25.

Bill Hartnett, Head of Innovation, ACORD.

Bill Hartnett, Head of Innovation, ACORD.

“The success of the SVIA’s Insurance Disrupted event last November demonstrates the deep connections they have with the InsurTech community in Silicon Valley,” comments Bill Hartnett, head of innovation for ACORD and AIIC executive sponsor. “SVIA has opened the door for an innovation dialogue and connections between Silicon Valley and the established industry can have tangible benefits for the insurance industry globally. Considering the mission of the AIIC, working with SVIA to identify and promote innovation in and for the insurance industry was the logical next step.”

Four Semi-Finals

ACORD has scheduled four semi-finals for the 2016 AIIC, to be held in Des Moines, Silicon Valley, New York City and London. Individuals and companies can select any one of the semi-finals and pitch in front of a panel of judges comprised of insurance company professionals, analysts, entrepreneurs and thought leaders, the organization reports. In the case of the AIIC Silicon Valley Semi-Final, individuals registering for the May Insurance Disrupted Conference will have the opportunity to register for and attend the AIIC pitches for a nominal additional charge. All AIIC qualifying pitches will get feedback from program mentors prior to the event, answer questions from the judges, and be graded on impact, ingenuity, applicability to the insurance industry, and quality of the presentation.

ACORD reports that the submission process for the AIIC Silicon Valley semi-final is open now through April 11 at, leading up the May 23 pitches which will take place just prior to the opening reception for the SVIA’s Insurance Disrupted event at the Crowne Plaza Foster City-San Mateo. ACORD encourages early-stage startups are encouraged to submit a well‐defined concept for a product or service that demonstrates the potential to disrupt or transform traditional approaches to all aspects of the insurance business and the industry at-large.

Critical Step in Establishing Innovation Dialogue

Mike Connor, CEO, SVIA.

Mike Connor, CEO, SVIA.

“The ACORD Insurance Innovation Challenge has been groundbreaking in this area and we are honored to be a part of it,” comments Natalie Wood, SVIA’s chief revenue officer. “Establishing a partnership with ACORD is a critical step for us in establishing an ongoing innovation dialogue with the industry.”

“We actively seek partners with a demonstrated commitment to the digital future of the industry; ACORD has clearly made that commitment,” says Mike Connor, SVIA’s CEO. “Digitally transforming one of the world’s most critical industries is a rewarding and challenging process. We are excited about what our partnership with ACORD can contribute to the industry’s digital future.”

Winners of the AIIC Silicon Valley semi-final will have the opportunity to join other semi-finalists in presenting to a panel of judges before a live audience at the ACORD2016 event, November 1-3 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The winners, selected based on a ranking derived from a combination of responses from the live audience and the judging panel, will receive a prize package valued at $25,000, according to ACORD.

Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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