IAA Invests in Innovation Hub at 1871 — North America’s Largest Tech Accelerator Center
Published March 27, 2019 - Written by IAA, Inc.
WESTCHESTER, Ill. – Mar. 27, 2019 – Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), announces an insurance claims and remarketing industry first — its investment in an innovation hub at 1871, the largest technology incubator in North America. IAA Engine HouseTM will serve as an ideation and development center where employees can collaborate with educators, investors, mentors, technologists, buyers and sellers.
“Our insurance and automotive remarketing customers require solutions that help them decrease cycle time, increase efficiency, make data-driven decisions and, above all, improve their economic returns,” said John Kett, CEO and president of IAA. “We are making strategic investments to help fuel more rapid progress in the industry. Being in an environment where we can share ideas and collaborate with universities and startups that are advancing technology gives us the advantage to lead the innovation of our industry. We can work to enhance our current technologies, but more importantly, to develop the solutions of the future.”
Located in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, 1871 is 140,000 square feet of collaboration space and home to more than 1,000 inventors, designers and creators and over 500 startups. Various industries are represented in the space and can work together to share advancements and learnings.
IAA Engine House will have up to 20 employees at a time and will offer a rotation schedule to expose as many IAA employees as possible to the culture and shared knowledge at 1871. IAA will have access to more than 350 mentors and 1,000 events and learning programs each year. Engine House will serve as a location for client meetings, ideation sessions and product development and launch gatherings.
“IAA Engine House at 1871 will help us to foster a culture of innovation, generate ideas and launch them to full-fledged products or solutions — all while exercising an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Kett.
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About IAA, Inc.
IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA) is a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers. Leveraging leading-edge technology and focusing on innovation, IAA’s unique multi-channel platform processes approximately 2.5 million total-loss, damaged and low-value vehicles annually. Headquartered near Chicago in Westchester, Illinois, IAA has nearly 4,000 talented employees and more than 200 facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. IAA serves a rapidly growing global buyer base – located throughout over 135 countries – and a full spectrum of sellers, including insurers, dealerships, fleet lease and rental car companies, and charitable organizations. Buyers have access to innovative vehicle merchandising, efficient evaluation services and digital bidding tools, enhancing the overall purchasing experience. IAA offers sellers a comprehensive suite of services aimed at maximizing vehicle value, reducing administrative costs, shortening selling cycle time and delivering the highest economic returns.
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