Global insurtech funding nearly doubles in 2018

Insurers should offer consumers instant, flexible and digital quotes as insurtech funding nearly doubles in 2018

Global insurtech funding nearly doubles in 2018. Source:

Global insurtech funding topped $3bn in 2018, an increase of 84.2% from 2017. Consumers are being offered more digital policies as start-ups continue to emerge, bringing new policies and approaches to insurance markets around the world, says GlobalData.

A key trend is the emergence of on-demand policies where customers can purchase insurance by the hour, day or week – normally using a provider’s app. Variations can be seen across a lot of personal lines, with flexibility becoming a key trend as start-ups offer home or gadget insurance, which can be adjusted at any time.

The digital challenge in insurance continues to grow and the scale of funding in 2018 is proof of that. It has lagged behind other sectors, given what Uber and Netflix provide in transport and entertainment, respectively. However, this type of flexible and instant service is more commonplace with a range of start-ups thriving in both personal and commercial lines. This has even prompted traditional insurers such as Aviva to respond with the release of its Aviva Plus, which allowed customers to pay monthly subscriptions and tweak cover levels during the contract
Ben Carey-Evans, Insurance Analyst at GlobalData

The UK has been at the forefront of the insurance industry modernization, with start-ups such as Brolly, Zego, Homelyfe, ByMiles and DeadHappy all offering flexible and digital policies across a range of different insurance lines. GlobalData’s Smart Money analytics show that UK insurtechs received the second-highest level of investment globally in 2018, with $9.8bn coming from 101 completed deals.

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