Accelerating and Scaling Innovation
Building the future of InsurTech
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Insurance success through innovation
Based at the core of one of the world’s leading insurance centres, Hartford InsurTech Hub is a collaboration of Insurance Carriers, City of Hartford Representatives and Community Stakeholders all focused on industry evolution through collaboration and innovation.
At the heart of the InsurTech ecosystem, we provide entrepreneurs from around the world with the support and resources designed to ignite powerful growth while driving investor connections and opportunities and helping existing Insurance Corporates to evolve with innovation at the center of their business.
What makes us different is our global reach, proven success, and our depth in industry knowledge. We don’t just talk about the need for innovation in the Insurance industry; we enable you to become innovative.
Startupbootcamp’s Hartford Insurtech Hub evaluated over 3,000 Insurtech startups and pulled data from 350+ applications from across the globe. We have seen an evolution from disruptor, to enabler, to partner, along with an increase in experienced technology founders applying advanced technologies to insurance problems.
Here are some of the trends that we have collected from the insurtech industry.
You can find our 2019 Trends Report here.
The Spotlight Diaries: Pineapple
Fair, Instant Insurance For Your Stuff
How do twenty-somethings go about insuring, when they aren’t sure what to insure? How are millennials transforming an industry that has been around for centuries? The Pineapple model is looking to completely overhaul the insurance industry as it is currently known.
They’ve reinvented the way insurance is done, with an entirely new business model that aims to achieve affinity, fairness, and simplicity to decrease costs, cap profits and deter fraud in an effort to create more value form an insurance policy than the traditional model. Pineapple allows you to become a Pineapple member and cover everything you own with a snap of a picture. Now millennials can snap a picture, upload it to the website and have their valuables insured. Simple and easy to use.
That’s the Pineapple way.
We’re only 8 days away from Demo Day 2019: AMPLIFY and we had a chance to sit down with Matthew Elan Smith, a co-founder of Pineapple. Matt, who relocated from Johannesburg, South Africa, talked to us about Pineapple, his experience in Hartford and what he’s enjoyed about being part of the accelerator program.
To learn more about Pineapple, read our Spotlight Diaries Blog.
Our Accelerated Startups
Our Scouting & Selection Process Explained
From July 2018 through September 2018, we traveled to the top InsurTech ecosystems around the world, supported by industry experts and partners in each city. We held 23 events in 12 countries and met some amazing startups.
After a meticulous selection and interview process, we narrowed the hundreds of applications to just 22 startups, and invited them to attend our Selection Days in Hartford, Connecticut from November 27-29.
After a very intense 2 day selection process, we announced the 10 startups that make up our 2019 cohort.
The Accelerator will:
Strengthen the industry’s networks, by bringing together innovators, existing talent pools, and the City’s entrepreneurial community
Attract companies with technologies capable of creating process improvements within health, life and P&C insurance
Attract the attention of key investors to those startup companies emerging from within the Hartford region
Bring international ventures with an interest to build a business in the US and locate them within close proximity to the insurance community
- Hartford InsurTech Hub offers myriad of growth and learning opportunities for insurers, brokers, and other corporate entities with an interest in insurance wanting to support a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem in the City of Hartford and on the East Coast
- As a sponsor, you will be able to explore promising opportunities by gaining access to a global pool of early and late stage technology startups. We take the guesswork out of which startup would be the best fit for your business
- You will also benefit directly from our program through innovation initiatives aimed at assisting you with your own innovation pain points
- Be part of this exciting initiative by contacting us today!
- 1 accelerator per year, with 10 startups in each cycle
- Startups with a working prototype and initial customer validation, a compelling insurance use case are invited to apply.
- Startups will receive an cash grant of $25k; and 4 months of free office space for your team.
- 3-month intensive program based in Hartford and an additional two months to work on projects with insurers
- Access to the Startupbootcamp global mentors and investors network with deep field experience and expertise
- Exposure to 100+ investors, mentors and influencers during the acceleration program, and again on Demo Day, from across the US and our international networks.
Themes that we’re looking to explore in the program
1. Big Data & Advanced Analytics
Advancements in Artificial Intelligence have made the processing of large data sets possible. Progress in data analysis drives the ability to operationalize and embed these valuable insights into every area of a business. We are looking for startups able to leverage large quantities of external data sources and apply advance computer science and deep learning techniques to those, while enriching insurer key customer engagement processes.
2. The Connected World & Internet of Things
In our world, physical products like cars, assets and buildings gain digital importance through real-time connectivity and exchange of data. As they are able to operate in an optimal way without human involvement, they manage our daily lives and regulate our environment. In a home for instance, the door may learn to lock itself as we walk through. We are looking for solutions able to make the home, buildings, cars, fleets or our lives smarter and able to deliver improved prediction and prevention.
3. Health & the Future of Wearables
As devices become smaller, smarter and with us 24/7 they will be used to monitor our everyday moves. They will be able to monitor our activities, heartbeats, eating habits, prevent diseases as well as make the best of our emotions to enable health insurers to deliver better products and services. We are looking for startups that have a vision around the future of care and health that provides capabilities, which improves human’s lifestyle for the long term.
4. Robotics & Automation
Intelligent machines, process automation, intelligent bots, and robo-advisors will enable a wide variety of objects and software to make decisions and perform tasks on our behalf without human intervention. Driverless cars are good examples of the potential for automation and robotics. They can find the closest gas station, parallel park, avoid traffic, and keep distances from other vehicles. We are seeking startups able to combine a multitude of intelligent automation components to optimize business efficiency while delivering seamless customer interactions.
5. Cyber Security
As the digital world becomes our defacto way to learn, transact and engage, the risks posed by hackers and cyber security threats increase dramatically every single day. Today, a sizeable proportion of businesses do not have the necessary protections in place to prevent attacks that could result in the loss of customer data. In addition, while many insurers recognize cyber risk as a top issue, it does not always appear on the top priority list of many companies. We are looking for entrepreneurs that are developing solutions to protect the corporate and SME environment from cybercrime, but also delivering as a series of services targeted at many segments.
6. Blockchain for Insurers
Blockchain is emerging as a technology able to transform the insurance industry by making contractual agreements more secure and transparent. To ensure that we are certain about the things we do, the blockchain is seen by many as a central capability, able to take away the middleman from a series of transactions while making them cheaper and faster. Future smart contracts attached to blockchains are expected to bring clarity to the process of deal making and open opportunities to launch good and efficient micro or on-demand insurance products. While still new in insurance, we are looking for solutions able to streamline the most relevant areas across the insurance value chain.
7. Optimizing the Value Chain
Insurers are seeking the best options to digitize underwriting, claims management, or customer servicing processes and bring emerging technologies into environments heaving with legacy systems. Whether computer vision, image recognition, sentiment analytics, smart tagging or virtual assistants, we are looking for solutions able to utilize structured and unstructured data or content and interpret these to drive efficiency and effectiveness across error prone and costly insurance processes.
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It is difficult to disrupt without the knowledge of how insurers operate and think. This is where deep industry knowledge is instrumental in being the link between insurers and startups.
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