Bold Penguin raises $32 million to match insurance carriers with prospects

Bold Penguin | September 23, 2019

Bold Penguin, a commercial insurance tech provider headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, today announced that it has secured $32 million in a series B funding round, bringing its total raised to over $50 million. Growth equity firms Hudson Structured Capital Management, Lightstone, Guggenheim Insurance, and Lockton participated, along with existing investors and individuals from Stone Point Capital. CEO Ilya Bodner said the capital will accelerate research and development by way of growing Bold Penguin’s employee roster, which doubled in the past year. He said it will also lay runway for the expansion of the firm’s Excess and Surplus (E&S) lines, or the specialty markets that insure high-risk segments standard insurance carriers won’t cover.

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Majesco Expands New Partnerships and Apps in Majesco Digital1st® EcoExchange

Majesco | December 17, 2020

Majesco, a worldwide supplier of cloud insurance platform programming, today announced the expansion of new partnerships and applications in the Majesco Digital1st® EcoExchange, a curated live, plug-n-play environment and administration center point of Majesco Digital1st® Insurance platform. These new applications will give new business capacities to quicken the insurance industry advanced transformation. “Majesco Digital1st® EcoExchange is a next-generation marketplace of partner apps designed to enable the insurance industry to make its transition to the digital,” says Manish Shah, President and Chief Product Officer at Majesco. “We’re continuously working with today’s top industry partners to develop apps for the Digital1st® EcoExchange. We’re proud to hear these new apps are helping insurers digitally transform their business and better service their customers and agents.” Majesco's Digital1st® EcoExchange has an assortment of applications accessible to enable all parts of the insurance esteem chain, ranging from a non-interactive assistance call to a comprehensive solution that can organize numerous supplier administrations. The most recent update includes a new application from industry partner Infinilytics and new partner relationship with Innovative Systems. Infinilytics A software company that provides Cloud based AI insights and analytics from unstructured data to the insurance industry. Its Charlee Insights app, available on Majesco’s Digital1st® EcoExchange, is a state-of-the-art Insights Engine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide a deep and intuitive understanding of information from all types and sources both internal and external and structured and unstructured. Charlee Insights API can be integrated with any claims management system in real-time or in a botch mode and includes red flags, alerts, recommendations and litigation predicted flags. Its’ Insights are based on structured and unstructured claims data, and internal external (enrichment) data including documents. For more information, please visit the app page. Also check out the podcast around the app. Innovative Systems In addition, Majesco signed an agreement with Innovative Systems, a leading provider of high-accuracy enterprise data management and risk management solutions and consulting services to major organizations. The FinScan AI-powered compliance screening technology will be the first app offered from Innovative Systems on the EcoExchange. FinScan accurately screens against more than 70 international government-provided compliance lists with its advanced data quality and data matching algorithms. FinScan also maintains these lists by continuously monitoring list sources for additions and revisions, promptly updating lists with the latest changes, and parsing, standardizing and reformatting list data before matching. Examples of compliance lists include the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) SDN, HM Treasury, and EU Consolidated. FinScan also screens against any internal do-not-do business lists and integrates with all third-party high-risk databases. These additions underscore Majesco’s continued investment in the Ecosystem and Platform strategy that enable insurers to create personalized and compelling digital experiences for its customers and agents by leveraging innovative capabilities and data sources offered by a growing diverse community of partners. It emphasizes the growing need for insurers to adopt robust ecosystems and help customers easily innovate and compete in this new digital era. Majesco, a worldwide supplier of cloud insurance platform programming, today announced the expansion of new partnerships and applications in the Majesco Digital1st® EcoExchange, a curated live, plug-n-play environment and administration center point of Majesco Digital1st® Insurance platform. These new applications will give new business capacities to quicken the insurance industry advanced transformation. “Majesco Digital1st® EcoExchange is a next-generation marketplace of partner apps designed to enable the insurance industry to make its transition to the digital,” says Manish Shah, President and Chief Product Officer at Majesco. “We’re continuously working with today’s top industry partners to develop apps for the Digital1st® EcoExchange. We’re proud to hear these new apps are helping insurers digitally transform their business and better service their customers and agents.” Majesco's Digital1st® EcoExchange has an assortment of applications accessible to enable all parts of the insurance esteem chain, ranging from a non-interactive assistance call to a comprehensive solution that can organize numerous supplier administrations. The most recent update includes a new application from industry partner Infinilytics and new partner relationship with Innovative Systems. Infinilytics A software company that provides Cloud based AI insights and analytics from unstructured data to the insurance industry. Its Charlee Insights app, available on Majesco’s Digital1st® EcoExchange, is a state-of-the-art Insights Engine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide a deep and intuitive understanding of information from all types and sources both internal and external and structured and unstructured. Charlee Insights API can be integrated with any claims management system in real-time or in a botch mode and includes red flags, alerts, recommendations and litigation predicted flags. Its’ Insights are based on structured and unstructured claims data, and internal external (enrichment) data including documents. For more information, please visit the app page. Also check out the podcast around the app. Innovative Systems In addition, Majesco signed an agreement with Innovative Systems, a leading provider of high-accuracy enterprise data management and risk management solutions and consulting services to major organizations. The FinScan AI-powered compliance screening technology will be the first app offered from Innovative Systems on the EcoExchange. FinScan accurately screens against more than 70 international government-provided compliance lists with its advanced data quality and data matching algorithms. 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FCCI Insurance Group and Michigan Partner to Offer Commercial Insurance Products

FCCI Insurance | March 11, 2022

FCCI Insurance Group announces its partnership with the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) to offer the members of MMA commercial products and services. The designated and eligible MMA members will access local, designated insurance services, risk control options, and other expertise functionalities. In addition to it, FCCI also promises to offer manufacturers' educational seminars, FCCI Employers EdgeSM, online risk management resources, and online resources providing HR management and employment law information. FCCI's Manufacturers Premier Program thus will feature a group dividend plan based on the combined loss experience of participating MMA members. The Michigan Manufacturers Association is the state's leading advocate. It focuses on securing a prosperous future for Michigan manufacturers through multiple capabilities such as meaningful education provision, effective advocacy, and strategic business services. MMA was established in 1902. it represents the interests and needs of more than 1,700 member companies. The companies range from small manufacturers to the world's most well-known corporations. We're thrilled to announce this partnership with FCCI. The Michigan Manufacturers Association strives to provide only the best business programs for our members. We’re proud to add FCCI to our growing high-value member benefits and partnerships list. John J. Walsh, MMA president & CEO. FCCI has been offering commercial property and casualty insurance since 1959. It has also provided insurance coverages and services to many businesses worldwide. FCCI is evaluated at $2.5 billion in total assets and can be trusted by every client and company. FCCI has always supported association programs that recognize the valuable associations for their members and the contributions of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. FCCI also provides a broad scope of insurance coverages to more than 3,000 manufacturers. Doing this enables manufacturing companies to understand the needs and unique exposures significantly. We appreciate the confidence that MMA has placed in FCCI. In collaborating with FCCI as its commercial insurance partner, MMA has ensured its members are entrusted to a carrier to meet their needs. We pledge to uphold that trust and look forward to bringing our coverages and service to MMA members. Greg Kramer, senior vice president for FCCI's Midwest Region.

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Hub International | June 04, 2021

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