Asteya | September 06, 2022
Insurtech platform Asteya recently supported the launch event of the newly founded AURORA Institute in St. Tropez on Saturday, July 23. The crucial event saw over 500 international attendees including several well-known celebrities, entrepreneurs, and investors. People of note included Robbie Williams, Kevin Love, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rob Raco, Cameron Winklevoss, Lola Tash & Nicole Argiris, Peter Berg, Philippe Parenno, Kate Bock, and Queen Latifah. Live performances, presentations, and art installations included Kool & The Gang, Tinie Tempah, BLOND:ISH, master mentalist Lior Suchard, Tino Sehgal, Jeppe Hein, Refik Anadol, and the "first cyborg" Nathan Copeland.
The AURORA Institute was founded by Louise Tabbiner, Christian Angermayer, and Henry Chalhoub. AURORA's mandate is to be the first non-profit incubator of its kind, focused on funding the world's leading individuals and NGOs dedicated to solving the existing global mental health crisis. The Institute's goal is to amplify the efforts of those already doing the most impactful work or to empower those that could do more - helping them build their own foundations or navigate how to make mental health a core focus in their companies, communities, and organizations.
"At Asteya, our vision is to protect people's income and help them live a healthier and better life both physically and mentally, According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in every five adults experience mental illness, which is equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans, and additionally one out of 10 Americans with a mental illness are uninsured. We are proud to be one of the Founding Partners of the AURORA Institute whose mandate is to increase visibility and awareness around the need for mental health funding and to destigmatize mental health issues. At Asteya we strive to make mental health a priority for not only our customers but our corporate team as well."
-Asteya Co-Founder Hadi Radwan
The inaugural event honored the first four AURORA Institute prize winners, who were recognized for their significant contributions to ending the mental health crisis. Winners included Kevin Love, Dr. Adam Gazzaley (M.D., PhD.), The Klitschko Foundation, and The Weight of Gold. The event, titled Evening of Discovery, focused on the new science of mental health, mindful meditation, the integration of the metaverse and virtual reality in mental health interventions, and more. The launch event raised over $8 million which will be directed to the prize winners' charities of choice.
The event and Asteya's involvement marked a crucial milestone in AURORA's plans to raise $50 million in the next 5 years while increasing visibility and awareness around the need for global mental health funding and de-stigmatization of mental health issues. Much in line with Asteya's ethos, The AURORA Institute believes that by exploring and opening our minds, we can build a healthier, happier, and more inclusive future for all.
Asteya is an Insurtech company whose mission is to make income insurance accessible to anyone. Asteya's goal is to support people's financial, physical, and mental health so they can focus on living. Founded in 2019, Asteya is backed by I2BF Ventures, Capital Factory, Cap Meridian Ventures, and Northstar.vc.
CoverEase and Beam Benefits | October 07, 2022
CoverEase, a digital insurance broker, announced today a partnership with the digitally-native employee benefits provider, Beam Benefits, via the addition of Beam's dental and vision products to their digital platform. CoverEase is the first company in the United States to offer businesses the ability to get instant online dental and vision quotes for their employees.
The new integration adds Beam's dental and vision options to the company's marketplace which quotes workers' compensation, business liability and property, cyber liability insurance, group health insurance and term life insurance for up to $2 million in coverage.
CoverEase CEO Shawn Edgington shared her excitement for the future of CoverEase with the incorporation of Beam, As our platform evolves and expands with additions like Beam Benefits, we're able to accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and save business owners time and money.
"Beam is thrilled to partner with CoverEase, a proven leader in the employee benefits ecosystem, Through our integration, businesses using CoverEase can access dynamic & transparent dental and vision benefit pricing. We are excited about the technology enabling this partnership, and look forward to working further with CoverEase and their customers."
-Alex Frommeyer, Co-founder and CEO of Beam Benefits
CoverEase uses decades of best practices research, plus today's most advanced InsurTech to un-complicate the complicated. This approach results in a lightning fast, easy and awesome way to shop, compare, and buy business insurance and employee benefits.
CoverEase, a digital insurance broker, has reinvented the way businesses shop, purchase, and save on the insurance products that businesses need most. CoverEase utilizes an online "Amazon-like" shopping experience with unmatched quotes from the best insurance brands in the country. CoverEase, headquartered in Livermore, California, with offices in New York, is WBENC certified and led by CEO Shawn Marie Edgington.
About Beam Benefits:
Beam Benefits is a digitally-native employee benefits company that offers dental, vision, life, disability, and supplemental health coverage for employers of all sizes. The company simplifies and modernizes the $100+ billion ancillary benefits industry through its intuitive online platform, self-service tools, AI-powered underwriting, and thoughtful coverage for improved overall wellness. Its Beam Perks™ program* offers incentives to members and rewards them for healthy behaviors. Beam has raised over $160 million in funding and is available in 44 states across the U.S.
Breeze and Appalachian Underwriters | September 05, 2022
Breeze, the insurtech simplifying how disability insurance is bought and sold, announced today a new partnership with leading insurance wholesaler Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI).
Health-licensed agents and brokers partnered with AUI can now use Breeze's turnkey disability insurance platform to rapidly scale income protection sales. Breeze's proprietary technology makes it possible to quote disability insurance in seconds and submit client applications in minutes – entirely online.
Breeze also handles case management, making this new partnership a low-strain, high-growth opportunity for AUI's partner agents.
"Whether you're focused on home, auto, health or life insurance sales, income protection is a natural next conversation for agents and advisors. We're thrilled that Appalachian Underwriters has selected Breeze to power their disability income insurance offerings, and we look forward to supporting their agents,"
- Colin Nabity, CEO & co-founder of Breeze
AUI has an impressive network of around 30,000 insurance agencies comprising roughly 70,000 agents. It was recently ranked the fifth largest MGA in the country by Business Insurance.
We're extremely excited to partner with Breeze to continue our mission to support our agents and agency partners with diverse new product solutions and tools that increase efficiency, After seeing strong success with our recent entrance into the life insurance space, the partnership with Breeze is perfect to represent AUI's first voyage into the health market,said William Chambers, Director of Digital Partnerships at Appalachian Underwriters.
With AUI already having strong commercial P&C and workers' compensation lines, disability insurance through Breeze should fit nicely into the wholesaler's newly-launched health business. Small business owners and employees could find financial peace of mind in disability insurance that protects their income against injuries and illnesses that happen on and off the job.
Breeze currently offers two long-term disability insurance products, short-term disability insurance, and critical illness insurance. AUI's health-licensed agents and brokers can seamlessly and near-effortlessly offer any of these products to their clients via Breeze's simple online platform that uses predictive analytics to expedite underwriting.
Despite the average employee being 3.5 times more likely to need disability insurance instead of life insurance during their career, just 14% of consumers own disability insurance due to an overly-complex application process that has kept both buyers and sellers away.
Breeze has simplified disability insurance and is now uniquely-positioned to be the leader in an untapped market. The partnership with Appalachian Underwriters is a major step towards making disability insurance accessible for a range of workers.
Breeze is an online insurance broker simplifying how disability and critical illness insurance are bought and sold. Leveraging industry expertise and innovative technology, our team is building a better way to distribute income protection insurance for life's most financially vulnerable moments like cancer, depression, and bad accidents. Policies offered through Breeze replace a portion of a policyholder's regular income and can be used to help with large medical bills, mortgage payments, groceries, and more. Breeze currently offers long-term disability insurance, short-term disability insurance, and critical illness insurance.
About Appalachian Underwriters
Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) is a full-service MGA and wholesale insurance brokerage, providing independent agents a national outlet to multiple specialized markets for workers' compensation, commercial, life, and personal lines of insurance. Appalachian Underwriters is wholly owned by Acrisure, LLC.