This story by News Editor Gregory Seay originally appeared in the Hartford Business Journal November 14, 2018.

Hartford has signed on to a national program that supports insurance technology startups.

Mayor Luke Bronin and the Hartford InsurTech Hub announced Wednesday the city has joined the City Innovation Ecosystem Program hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC) and Schmidt Futures.

The program supports 50 cities that have made commitments to local entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; or innovation.

NLC announced the cities it will partner with at its annual City Summit in Los Angeles, which had more than 3,500 attendees representing more than 1,500 cities.

NLC recognized Hartford as “the country’s premier destination for insurance technology startups.”

“In a very short time since its launch last year, the Hartford InsurTech Hub has established itself as a major center of InsurTech innovation, and we’re excited to partner with the National League of Cities as we work to accelerate its growth,” Bronin said.

“The constellation of industry leaders here makes Hartford a perfect place for InsurTech entrepreneurs and growing InsurTech companies to locate and work hand in hand with major global insurance carriers,” he added.