By Business Record Staff

VetMeasure founder and CEO Kevin Maher.

The Business Record recognizes BrokerTech Ventures as the Corteva Agriscience innovationLEADER of the Year, and VetMeasure Inc. founder and CEO Kevin Maher as the innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year. Maher and BrokerTech Ventures will be honored during the 2021 innovationIOWA Magazine virtual unveiling on July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Corteva Agriscience innovationLEADER of the Year: BrokerTech Ventures
BrokerTech Ventures outlines its mission through five “Towers of Operation”: the BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator, early-stage investments, innovation, capital and media/communications. The company is the Business Record’s 2021 innovationLEADER Award recipient.

BrokerTech Ventures partners with 13 brokerage firms to serve startups designed to address specific needs of insurance agents and brokers. The team launched the inaugural five-week accelerator cohort virtually in 2020, graduating 12 international broker-centric startups. The accelerator offers more than $500,000 in seed funding, which is up to $50,000 each to accepted startups. In December, BrokerTech Ventures announced its first international partnership with Insurtech Israel, co-founding the Israeli InsurTech Accelerator in Tel Aviv using BrokerTech Venture’s program as a model. Read more

innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year: Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher, the 2021 innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year, founded VetMeasure Inc. in September 2015 to develop wearable technology supporting veterinary medicine.

Located in the Iowa State University Research Park, the company launched its flagship product, the MeasureON! smart harness for dogs, designed to help veterinarians monitor hospitalized patients that experienced complications during surgery, heart arrhythmia patients and patients with existing health conditions that undergo surgery. Read more

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