As part of its Ventures activities, BearingPoint has invested in the Oslo-based start-up Tribe. (more…)
BIMA, the InsurTech pioneer bringing microinsurance to underserved families in emerging markets, today announced the close of an investment of USD16.8 million by Axiata Digital, the digital services arm of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), one of Asia’s largest telecommunications groups. (more…)
2016 was all about InsurTech: cash flowed in, the incumbents sat up and took notice, and a slew of start-ups arrived on the scene to grab the insurance industry by the shoulders and give it a good shake. Now, as the hype subsides, FinTech Futures have launched InsurTech Bytes podcast series, inviting John Egan, strategy practice lead at Anthemis, Dan Smith, Managing Partner at Exponential Ventures, and Jannat Shah, Associate at AXA Strategic Ventures to chew the fat on all things InsurTech: where’s the smart money heading? Why should the big players partner with start-ups? What effect is Brexit having on InsurTech VCs? (more…)
By Igor Pesin for LTP
InsurTech is a relatively new industry (more…)
When you think of insurance, certain things come to mind. The overbearing smell of coffee when meeting your own insurance agent for one, or the ink fumes after filling in the long insurance plans. For better or worse, convoluted insurance plans are a feature in our daily lives. (more…)
By BÉRÉNICE MAGISTRETTI for Venturebeat
Parents’ worry for their children often leads them to what should be a simple decision: life insurance. But the process can be complex and expensive. Fabric wants to change that by providing a straightforward mobile solution that bypasses commission-driven insurance agents. The Brooklyn-based startup launched today and announced a seed round of $2.5 million led by Bessemer Venture Partners. (more…)
PwC has created a working blockchain prototype for the London Market Target Operating Model (TOM) Innovation Exchange. (more…)
According to a global quarterly report by KPMG, last year, USD $24.7 billion was invested in FinTech companies across the globe. India too has witnessed a flurry of venture capital investments, particularly in the areas of SME lending, P2P lending, mobile wallets, payment services and robo-advisory. As a venture capital firm investing in startups “impacting the masses,” we have a deep interest in FinTech companies that can integrate large sections of the population into the formal financial infrastructure by providing more than just access to finance. One such exciting segment is insurance technology (or InsurTech) i.e., leveraging technology to make insurance more affordable and accessible. (more…)
Our London correspondent Nick Ayton caught up with Humaniq founder Alex Fork, who has an ambition to help eliminate poverty by delivering new banking options to emerging markets in Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia so that everyone who needs can get access to financial services. (more…)
Madrid-based online reputation startup Traity has launched a chatbot that uses an “open blockchain balance sheet” to provide micro-insurance for people carrying out P2P transactions (more…)
By Sarah Kessler for Quartz
Two years ago, Zenefits was being called one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley history. It was raising $500 million at a clip, and had a staggering $4.5 billion valuation.
This week, the company laid off 45% of its staff—about 430 people. (more…)
By Fintech Singapore
GoBear Malaysia works closely with with Bank Negara Malaysia and launches new Insurance products (more…)
According to CB Insights, vc activity related to insurance startups hit its highest annual total in 2016 with $1.69B invested in 173 deals.
In this space, one of the first cases on thematic investors focused exclusively on investing in insurance startups comes from London with Eos Venture Partners, an independent and specialist InsurTech investment and advisory firm launched by Sam Evans.
By Elena Mesropyan for LTP
“Singapore has established an enviable position as a leading Asian financial technology center with an exciting innovation ecosystem, a great talent pool and fantastic infrastructure. It also boasts a business-friendly environment so it was therefore an obvious winner when considering locations for new headquarters for our global operations,” said, Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce at Senjō Group, a privately held investment firm, at the unveiling of the company’s new global HQ in Singapore. (more…)