insurtech 2017 News

Bayer-Backed Health Startup, Medopad, Seeks $30M in New Funding: Sources

Medopad Ltd., backed by pharmaceuticals giant Bayer AG, is looking to raise new funds, joining the clutch of fast-growing U.K. startups that are mixing artificial intelligence and health care. A London-based mobile platform for health-care companies, insurers, doctors and patients, …

Reinsurers Invest in Fintech Startups to Diversify and Grow in Soft Market

When Micah Carr-Hill wanted to insure Chief, the Labrador that helps with his son’s autism therapy, he found an ally in Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer. The German company had just teamed up with a U.K. internet startup to …

Global Insurance M&A in H1 Drops to Lowest Point in 2 Years: Clyde & Co.

The volume of completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry continued dropping during the first six months of 2017 to 170 deals, compared to 186 deals reported for the second half of 2016, according to Clyde & …

SoftBank Invests in Online Startup Lender Kabbage (Which Might Sell Insurance)

SoftBank Group Corp. has plowed $250 million into online lender Kabbage Inc., the latest in a flurry of big bets on mature startups by the Japanese technology company. Kabbage will use the new money to expand its lending products for …

Compare.com Is Proof Insurance Disruption Won’t Happen Overnight: CEO Rose

Disrupting an industry that has been doing things the same way for a generation takes time. Take it from one major insurance disruptor – compare.com. The online insurance comparison marketplace launched in the U.S. in 2013 and now operates in …

Q2 Insurtech Funding Rises to $1B: Willis Towers Watson/CB Insights Report

Insurtech funding volume hovered close to $1 billion in the 2017 second quarter, a result nearly 150 percent larger than the same period a year ago, according to a quarterly report on the sector from Willis Towers Watson and CB …

Exclusive: California Broker Plans Parametric Quake Product That Pays Even If No Damage

A California broker is promising to bring a “first-of-its-kind financial resource” that pays homeowners after an earthquake for a low monthly premium whether there’s damage to the home or not. A Berkeley, Calif.-based firm called Jumpstart Insurance Solutions Inc. recently …

Starr Buys Stake in Small Business Insurtech CoverWallet

Starr Companies is now a minority shareholder in online small business insurance agency CoverWallet. CoverWallet confirmed the deal that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. No financial terms were disclosed. Starr previously invested in CoverWallet’s Series A round, …

Allianz Forms Online Aircraft Insurance Partnership with Insurtech Firm Visicover

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced it has formed a partnership agreement with insurtech company, Visicover. Visicover’s existing and new aeroplane and helicopter insurance products now will be underwritten by AGCS, which also will provide claims management services. Customers …

Esurance Co-Founder Wallace Joins Crowdsourced Insurer Reviewer Clearsurance

Esurance co-founder and former executive Chuck Wallace has joined Clearsurance, a crowdsourced review and ratings platform for the insurance industry, as an independent director. Wallace has held senior operating roles in several consumer financial services and technology companies including as …