Middle Bit: ACT announces change in leadership

Iowa City-based ACT announced a change in leadership on Thursday. CEO Marten Roorda will be leaving the organization, ACT said, with Chief Operating Officer Janet Godwin stepping into the role on an interim basis. 

Roorda took the helm at ACT in October 2015, replacing its previous CEO Jon Whitemore. Under his watch, the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit invested heavily in education technology companies to expand its services beyond test prep.

According to its website, Janet Godwin is currently in charge as interim CEO. She is a veteran, having joined ACT in 1990 and served as its chief operating officer since August 2014.

“Janet has made tremendous contributions to ACT,” said Chad Wick, chair of the ACT Board of Directors. “The ACT Board of Directors knows Janet very well, appreciates her deep and abiding commitment to the many organizations and millions of people ACT serves each year, and has high confidence in her ability to step in and provide outstanding leadership in this role.”

BrokerTech Ventures partners with InsureTech Connect

BrokerTech Ventures (BTV) has announced a strategic alliance with InsureTech Connect (ITC), the largest insurtech conference and convening platform in the world.

BrokerTech Ventures will fuel ITC’s Agency Connect: Virtual, an insurtech event for the broker-centric community, on July 16, 2020.

“An alliance between BrokerTech Ventures and InsureTech Connect is a natural fit,” said Dan Keough, Holmes Murphy CEO and BTV co-CEO. “The InsureTech Connect platform brings together the greatest minds around insurtech trends, technologies, and applications. Our desire to engage in and fuel Agency Connect: Virtual comes from BTV’s industry position as the convener of broker-centric innovation, ideation, and communication for the global insurance ecosystem. We represent the brokerage community and the voice of the customer, and we believe there is significant value in the build out of ITC’s Agency Connect: Virtual platform in 2020.”

Agency Connect: Virtual will include a BrokerTech Ventures demo day featuring the 12 innovative companies which are a part of the 2020 cohort.

The BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator’s 2020 program is currently in progress, providing funding, curriculum, and intentional network exposure to the twelve selected startups.

Farm Journal announces new farm show

Farm Journal today announced the launch of new  “COVID-conscious” farm show experience called Farm Journal Field Days, set for Aug. 25-27, 2020, on farms in eastern Iowa and northwest Ohio.

The interactive Farm Journal Field Days includes a three-day Virtual Pavilion that runs concurrent with full-day on-farm demonstrations and programming. The on-farm sessions will be hosted Aug. 25 at Blue Diamond Farming Company in Jesup, Iowa, and Aug. 27 at Newcomer Farms in Bryan, Ohio.

Up to one hundred Top Producers will be voluntarily selected to participate in person on each farm with beyond-recommended social distancing rules, but in a highly personal, interactive experience.

The first annual Farm Journal Field Days will encompass equipment, crops, livestock and technology with a focus on bringing buyers and sellers together in different and unique ways.

The format will include one-on-one and group settings to observe innovations in practice, as well as interactive educational and sales methods.