Drive Spotter, an Omaha startup that uses wearable devices, image processing and other technologies to reduce driver distraction and other risks that the insurance industry worries about, is one of six companies in the inaugural class of the Global Insurance Accelerator.

The Des Moines-based program bills itself as the first multicompany effort by the insurance industry to mentor tech startups with connections to the industry.

The six startups will make presentations in front of an estimated 300 company representatives in May, and 60 insurance executives have signed on to serve as mentors, with the program starting this week through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

The other startups:

Tyche of San Jose, California; CityMile of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Pablow of Berlin, Germany; LifeDB of Des Moines; and ClinicNote of Ames, Iowa.

The Des Moines-area insurance organizations sponsoring the program: American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, Delta Dental of Iowa, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co., Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co., the IMT Group and Principal Financial Group.

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