Women in Insurance - February 2 2022
Nicole J. Gunderson is Managing Director of Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA), a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting insurtech startups targeting the global insurance industry. A proud Iowa native – go Hawks! – Nicole is responsible for the overall growth, development, and success of the GIA’s programs, as well as ongoing support of all the accelerator’s portfolio companies since its 2014 inception. Prior to the GIA, her career spanned finance, technology, startups, and investing. We caught up with Nicole to ask a few questions about her path to insurance and insurtech, how the insurtech investment landscape has evolved, and what insurance companies can learn from other industries when it comes to innovation.
Nicole, tell us about your path to insurance and insurtech. What attracted you to the industry?
My path to insurance and insurtech is perhaps a bit unconventional, and a little bit of a winding story, but here goes.
After completing a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business in 2004, I got my career start in financial services, working in investment and corporate banking for BMO Capital Markets for seven years in the leveraged finance (New York), food (San Francisco) and financial sponsors (Chicago) groups, gaining deeply analytical experience.