PolicyMe | November 08, 2022
Toronto-based Insurtech PolicyMe announces the launch of a new Critical Illness Insurance product that offers the most complete coverage in Canada. In partnership with and underwritten by Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company (“Canadian Premier”), this new product covers 44 conditions—10-15 more than the average Canadian insurer. This launch follows PolicyMe’s Series A announcement and will complement their existing core Term Life Insurance offering, enabling Canadians to gain accessible, affordable, and comprehensive financial protection across a wider range of health and life events. With 42% of Canadian parents having one month or less of expenses in emergency savings, PolicyMe’s Critical Illness Insurance product provides Canadian families with the financial protection to withstand lost income or unforeseen medical expenses due to a critical illness.
“Having personally battled cancer years ago, I know first-hand how stressful a critical illness diagnosis can be, By offering Critical Illness Insurance, we hope that we’re able to remove the financial stress of a diagnosis so our customers can focus on what’s most important: their recovery.”
-Jeff McKay, Co-Founder & CTO of PolicyMe
How PolicyMe is building a better Critical Illness Insurance product
Since launching PolicyMe Term Life Insurance in March 2021, there has been consistent interest from customers about the possibility of bundling Critical Illness coverage into their Life Insurance policies. PolicyMe’s research shows that over 60% of customers believed that Critical Illness Insurance would be a valuable product to own; however awareness and knowledge around the product remained low amongst Canadians. Guided by their mission of building simpler and more affordable insurance products for Canadian families, the PolicyMe team set out to better understand the Critical Illness Insurance needs of Canadians and identify opportunities where they could use their technology to improve the product and experience for customers.
From our many conversations with customers, it was clear that the majority preferred a plan that maximized coverage for more illnesses. There are plans out there that only cover the three major illnesses Canadians experience—cancer, strokes, and heart attacks. But those aren’t the only illnesses that affect people financially. We made sure to cover every serious medical condition we could that can cause hardship. The result is a much lower probability that someone suffers an illness and doesn’t get the financial resources they need, and a lower chance that someone thinks they’re insured for something when they really aren’t, states Andrew Ostro, Co-Founder & CEO of PolicyMe.
How PolicyMe is bringing more critical illness coverage to Canadians
PolicyMe offers the most complete Critical Illness coverage in Canada for adults, covering 44 conditions (27 critical conditions and 17 early stage conditions).
Given the prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular conditions in Canada, PolicyMe has incorporated coverage for more early-stage cancers and cardiovascular conditions than any insurer in the country, without sacrificing affordability.
Keeping with PolicyMe’s simplified approach to technology, new customers can apply for life insurance and be underwritten for critical illness insurance through one single and concise application.
We wanted to ensure that comprehensive coverage is affordable and accessible to Canadian families who are already juggling the demands of rising living costs, By removing inefficiencies from the traditional insurance model, we continue to work towards our goal of providing low-priced, high-value products with extensive coverage,said Ostro.
Critical Illness Insurance is the first new product launch of many as PolicyMe kicks off its product expansion post Series A, delivering accessible insurance to help Canadian families financially withstand a broader range of unexpected life events. As PolicyMe continues to build its vision of being there for every family when life unexpectedly changes, Critical Illness Insurance enables the company to provide not only death benefits, but also living benefits to policyholders.
We’ve received overwhelming demand from both customers and industry partners to expand our portfolio of high-quality, digital-first insurance products that deliver on our promise of value and simplicity, Over the next 12 months, we’ll be accelerating product development in the health and dental space, and will be rapidly scaling our in-house capabilities to do so,says Ostro.
PolicyMe is a Canadian digital life insurance solution built to make financial protection for families simple and affordable. PolicyMe makes it easy to get a quote and apply for term life insurance and critical illness insurance online in 20 minutes or less. Using technology, they've streamlined the traditional insurance process resulting in a fully-underwritten insurance policy that delivers the same quality protection customers deserve but with fewer steps and lower costs.
Capsule and Vouch | November 11, 2022
Capsule, a specialist insurance provider to high-growth companies in the UK, today announced a partnership with Vouch, a San Francisco-based insurance platform that provides business insurance for high-growth technology startups in the US. With this partnership, the two companies will work together to ensure that they can support their clients' needs internationally. The partnership comes just a year after Capsule's launch and will help startups and tech innovators across all the main markets protect themselves as they grow.
As part of the partnership, Capsule will also assist Vouch's US venture and incubator partners with their UK portfolio companies, and Vouch has made an investment in Capsule. The additional funding will be used by Capsule to advance its technology and recruitment. Since Capsule launched in September 2021, the company acts for some of the country's top startups and scale-ups including Onfido, Codat, Otta, Hofy and Castore, and has in recent months partnered with SeedLegals, Crowdcube and a number of leading VCs. Prior to launching Capsule, co-founders Thomas Wynne and Liam Green successfully scaled and sold UK insurance group Kingsbridge in a nine-figure exit to US-based NSM in March 2020.
Vouch, founded by CEO Sam Hodges (formerly CEO of Funding Circle US) and CRO Travis Hedge (formerly of Silicon Valley Bank), is a new kind of insurance platform for startups that offers fully digital, tailored coverage that takes minutes to activate. With over $160 million raised to date from the likes of Y Combinator, Ribbit Capital, Silicon Valley Bank and Index Ventures, as well as a recent valuation of over $550 million, Vouch has cemented its status as a 'soonicorn' with its sights firmly set on the next stage of business growth.
"Vouch is committed to protecting founders and company builders where they are today and where they'll be tomorrow. Our partnership with Capsule represents an important first step in our plan to provide holistic international risk management solutions, so our clients can protect their global operations with the same ease and confidence they experience with us today. We're excited to start this journey with the Capsule team."
-Sam Hodges, CEO of Vouch
Thomas Wynne, Co-Founder and CEO of Capsule, added: The hyper-growth startups we support have global aspirations. Yet even the most sophisticated teams face a steep learning curve when scaling their risk management programs internationally. Our partnership with Vouch enables us to solve insurance holistically across markets and unlock further growth.
Capsule is a specialist insurance provider that helps startups and scale-ups in sectors such as Web3, Fintech, Enterprise (SaaS) and Consumer Tech navigate the risks of rapid expansion by ensuring they have the proper protection in place. Specialising in cover for businesses from seed stage through to IPO, Capsule offers policies including Directors' and Officers', Key Person, Professional Indemnity and Cyber Liability insurance, as well as many others. Their advice is geared for growth ('Capsule' is an anagram of 'scale-up') and backed by state-of-the-art technology that tracks clients across more than 300 data points. As a certified B Corporation, Capsule is also committed to using business as a force for good. Their team is equally passionate about helping similarly mission-driven and impactful organisations get these factors recognised and rewarded by the insurance sector.
Vouch is a US-based provider of business insurance to thousands of high-growth companies. Since its inception in 2018, the company has empowered its clients to get risk management right through niche expertise, a proprietary approach to pricing and underwriting, fast, digital-first procurement and coverages that scale as the company grows.
Insurity and Utah Business Insurance Company | November 10, 2022
Insurity, a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs, today announced that Utah Business Insurance Company (UBIC) is the recipient of the “Data and Analytics Innovator of the Year” award at Excellence in Insurance Innovation. The Excellence in Insurance Innovation awards ceremony took place in Las Vegas. It recognized the outstanding performances of P&C organizations in categories including exceptional policyholder service, digital transformation, and excellence in data and analytics.
UBIC is a monoline workers’ compensation carrier that serves roofers, framers, and excavators, and it needed to be strategic in how it deployed resources in a traditionally high-risk sector. They effectively navigated these complexities using Insurity Predict’s real-time predictive insights and data consortium to process a significantly higher volume of submissions.
“UBIC is a data-driven company, and we have fostered a culture around predictive modeling thanks to the ease of using Insurity Predict, We brought the Insurity Predict model into play just a few years ago, transforming how we do business. We went from running loss control on every risk to deploying our resources across submissions more intelligently. Instead of spending time servicing every account the same way, we now tailor these experiences for our policyholders based on the predictive risk scores.”
-Tyler Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer at UBIC
One of the ways UBIC innovated with this model was by extracting the data from the Insurity Predict system and integrating it with their business intelligence platforms. This way, everyone from the underwriters to loss control to customer service has access to this data in their reports.
The sheer volume of data that insurance organizations have can overwhelm and make it difficult to write new business and quickly make the right underwriting decisions, Using the Insurity Predict Model, UBIC has made strides in leveraging predictive data and analytics to manage their risk portfolio better, giving them the ability to assess risk much more quickly and accurately over the long term,said Sylvester Mathis, Chief Insurance Officer at Insurity.
Insurity is a leading provider of cloud-based software for insurance carriers, brokers, and MGAs. Insurity is trusted by 15 of the top 25 P&C carriers and 7 of the top 10 MGAs in the US and has over 400 cloud-based deployments. Through its best-in-class digital platform and with unrivaled industry experience and the industry’s most robust analytics offerings, Insurity is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value, empowering customers to focus on their core businesses, optimize their operations, and provide superior policyholder experiences. Insurity is a portfolio company of GI Partners and TA Associates.
About Utah Business Insurance Company
Based in South Jordan, Utah, UBIC has become an insurance industry leader in workers' compensation. UBIC is dedicated to meeting the needs of its agents and policyholders with a strong emphasis on providing outstanding customer service and results-oriented risk management programs.