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B2B Insurtech Platform Boost Raises $20M in Series B to Make the Insurance Market More Accessible for All Companies

Boost Insurance, the leading B2B digital insurance platform, today announced that it's completed a $20 million Series B financing round to fuel the growth of its platform, new development, and partner marketing. The round was led by RRE Ventures and included new investors Fin VC, Gaingels, Hack VC, and a worldwide publicly traded reinsurance company alongside existing investors Greycroft, Coatue, and Conversion Capital. Boost's funding since inception totals $37 million.

Founded in 2017, Boost's integrated insurance-as-a-service platform unlocks the $700 billion property and casualty insurance market, allowing innovative companies from any industry to create, embed, and manage insurance programs for his or her customers. Its simple API integration packages the required operational, compliance, and capital components to permit companies to deliver highly configurable insurance products to consumers through an embedded experience within their front-end environments.

Boost powers dozens of digital distribution clients across all industries and stages, including notable insurtechs Hippo, Aon's CoverWallet, Cowbell Cyber, and Wagmo, and leaders in diverse fintech, proptech, and other B2B and consumer segments. Companies that leverage Boost's infrastructure reduce the value of building and managing their insurance businesses by over 90%, with integrations taking as little as a fortnight . in comparison to the 12-48 months typically required to create a managing general agency (MGA), Boost's platform dramatically reduces the barriers to entry for both new entrants and high-growth emerging players in what has historically been a slow-moving and analog insurance industry.

Mordor Intelligence1 estimates that venture and growth investment within the insurtech segment is predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of growth of 48.8% from 2021 to 2028, reaching USD 60.9 billion by 2028, as tech-enabled companies across industries search for embedded insurance and financial products to diversify revenues and enhance their customer experience. Boost follows within the footsteps of companies like Plaid (banking-as-a-service) and Affirm (point-of-sale financing) in offering cost-effective, efficient digital solutions for insurance-as-a-service across commercial lines products (business owners policy and startup D&O insurance), personal lines products (renters insurance, pet insurance, and crypto wallet theft protection), and an e-commerce bundle (warranties, shipping, and package theft). Since its launch, Boost has insured over $5 billion useful across a good range of proprietary commercial and private lines insurance products.

Boost plans to double its team over subsequent 12-18 months to support growth across its insurtech and embedded partner channels while continuing to expand its API platform features. The corporate also expects to roll out a variety of additional insurance products in 2021 together with its partners within the insurtech and broader technology industries.

About Boost Insurance
Boost enables companies across all segments to create, embed and manage digital insurance products, and deliver them through an embedded experience within their front-end environments. Boost's infrastructure-as-a-service platform significantly reduces the value of building and managing an insurance firm by packaging the required operational, compliance, and capital components and making them accessible through easy API integration. Through its managing, general agency subsidiary, Boost Insurance Agency, Inc., Boost is licensed and authorized to supply any sort of insurance across all 50 states. Boost is appointed by 'A'-rated fronting carriers and has its dedicated reinsurance facility backed by global reinsurers.

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