Stacey Brown

Company: InsurTech Hartford

Location: Hartford

Company/organization description

InsurTech Hartford is a community building organization focusing on innovation in the insurance industry. We have grown from a small organization running hackathons and meetups to a globally recognized brand with an annual symposium and innovation challenge. We have thousands of followers and partnerships across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. We have been able to help dozens of entrepreneurs gain exposure to the insurance industry and connect them to investors, partners, etc.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

We received trademark rights for the term InsurTech in 2018. This allowed us to confidently grow our organization without fear of IP conflicts.We launched an innovation challenge in 2020 that was originally intended to be a local event. Instead we pivoted to an online event which allowed us to make it a global challenge. As a result, participation and attendance was far beyond our original expectations.Our last in-person event in Feb, 2020 had record attendance - we are still growing!

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Main Street - local business focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

InsurTech Hartford has received wonderful support from local programs and partners. In particular, Upward Hartford has been a core partner for us. Launc[H] and CT Next have given us a lot of support over the past 12-18 months. We have also partnered with Nassau Financial Group and organizations such as CT Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS). We also receive support from leaders such as Mayor Luke Bronin and leaders from CT Insurance Department on multiple occasions.

Nominator Justification

Stacey Brown founded InsurTech Hartford over 4 years ago. Over the past 4 years, Stacey has helped dozens of startups find their way to new customers, develop business strategies, and create the products customers want. With limited resources, Stacey took InsurTech Hartford global and has successfully created relationships which attract new talent to Hartford from across the country and provide networking and connectivity to 15 countries from US to New Zealand.

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