InsurTech NY | September 28, 2021
InsurTech NY, the leading resource for the InsurTech Community in the New York Metro Area, today announced the launch of its Insurance Collaboration Index™. Based on input from InsurTech executives, the index scores insurance and reinsurance companies on their willingness and ability to partner with startup insurance technology companies. It provides a rigorous and objective measure of how easy it is for a carrier and a startup to work together.
InsurTech startups strive to attract the attention of a carrier or a reinsurer, but not all carriers and reinsurers are prepared to enter into a productive and ultimately successful partnership, The Insurance Collaboration Index™ is a tool to help make all-important decisions about choosing and working with a partner. It also helps carriers understand their strengths and weaknesses, and what they need to do to be better partners.
- David Gritz, InsurTech NY co-founder.
Carriers are evaluated on executive buy-in and sponsorship, competent project management, clear objectives, effective communications, and other factors. In addition to providing startups valuable input about potential partners, survey results will help carriers assess how prepared they are to work with startups across a wide range of criteria and offer insights to strengthen their policies and procedures.
Led by InsurTech NY founders Tony Lew and David Gritz, the project draws on the expertise of an advisory board representing a broad cross-section of the insurance and innovation ecosystems. Advisory board members include Scott Hawkins and Alan Walters, Conning; Bryan Falchuk, Insurance Evolution Partners; David Bradford, Iosis Consulting; Mark Gardella, Zephyr Innovation Advisors; Mike Fitzgerald, CB Insights; Irene Yang, Finesse Consulting; and Cynthia Hardy, Pivot Global Partners.
I am pleased to see InsurTech NY undertake this important project. Not only will the Insurance Collaboration Index™ help technology companies like Pinpoint Predictive make smart decisions about their business partners, but the overall insurance industry will also benefit from more effective partnerships and increased innovation.
- Avi Tuschman, founder of Pinpoint Predictive.
About InsurTech NY
InsurTech NY supports the insurance innovation community in the New York metro area. Founded in 2019, InsurTech NY brings together carriers, brokers, investors, and InsurTech startups via bi-monthly programs. InsurTech NY's mission is to drive talent to insurance, make regulation innovation-friendly, attract InsurTechs to the New York metro area, and improve access to investment.
Agentero | December 03, 2020
Agentero, a tech-enabled insurance aggregator, announced that it has integrated with five leading digital carriers and partners, including Openly, Clearcover, Cover, Haven Life Insurance Agency and Aon Edge to provide tech-enabled market access for independent insurance agents on its platform. Agentero's platform combines market access to digital carriers with data-driven technology that proactively identifies the needs of policyholders, matches them to the best products and streamlines the selling process for agents.
Founded in 2017, the company raised a $10 million seed round of funding led by Foundation Capital and Union Square Ventures in early 2020. Today it works with more than 500 independent agencies and is growing rapidly. Through its network of insurance carriers, Agentero provides access to homeowners, auto, flood, and life insurance, and is continually adding tech-forward carriers to help agents meet the needs of the modern consumer.
"Agents, which today sell more than 50% of P&C and life insurance in the US, are the present and future of insurance distribution, helping consumers select the right coverage for their risks. At the same time, most consumers are seeking a highly customized, digital buying experience. Our vision is to create a smarter, more intuitive insurance ecosystem that is built on strengthening agents' ability to compete in the digital market by giving them best-in-class data-driven technology combined with direct access to today's most innovative leading digital carriers," said Luis Pino, CEO of Agentero.
"Openly's value proposition to independent agents is a transparent and efficient platform that provides agents' customers with superior and comprehensive coverages," said Matt Wielbut, Openly CTO and co-founder. "Partnering with Agentero brings together two teams that are focusing on revolutionizing the insurance purchasing process by aligning cutting-edge technology and superior products.
With more than 500 insurance agencies, Agentero uses robust data and analytics enabling agents to proactively offer insurance choices to customers at the right time, every time, mitigating risks for consumers while growing relationships and revenue for agents. Founder and CEO Luis Pino was the first employee at insurtech CoverWallet, and has also worked for McKinsey & Co. The company is backed by Foundation Capital, Union Square Ventures in addition to other investors.
OneShield Software | November 15, 2021
Striving to provide cost-effective insurance and a great member experience, Southern States Insurance Exchange ("The Exchange") has chosen OneShield Software's (www.OneShield.com) SaaS offering, OneShield Market Solutions, to replace its legacy policy management system.
The Exchange seeks to transform its process and delivery platform to provide superior service with greater efficiency to its members and plans to implement OneShield's policy, billing, claims and reporting to support their commercial lines product portfolio, including general liability, commercial auto, inland marine, workers' compensation, and the AAIS Commercial Output Program.
"Our members look to The Exchange for comprehensive insurance and risk transfer solutions to protect their agricultural businesses. OneShield's successful track record with digital transformation for regional commercial lines providers made them the clear choice in our technology vendor search."
- John Madden, President of The Exchange.
OneShield's SaaS offering provides end-to-end policy management (quoting, binding, and servicing), billing (invoicing through to payment), and claims administration (first notice of loss through to payment), including document management, reporting, and analysis. This approach delivers rapid implementation while allowing for customization to address the unique needs of regional commercial insurers within an all-in-one pricing model.
"OneShield is excited to partner with The Exchange. This win reflects the advantage we offer insurers – cost-effective SaaS that addresses current requirements while ensuring the technology will be responsive as their needs change."
- OneShield Chief Revenue Officer Liza Smith.
About OneShield Software
OneShield provides solutions for P&C insurers and MGAs of all sizes. Deployed in the cloud, our portfolio of standalone, subscription, and As-a-Service products include enterprise-class policy management, billing, claims, rating, product configuration, business intelligence, and smart analytics. OneShield automates and simplifies the complexities of core systems with targeted solutions, seamless upgrades, collaborative implementations, and lower total cost of ownership. With corporate headquarters in Marlborough, MA, and offices in India, OneShield has 70+ products in production across P&C and specialty insurance markets.
About Southern States Insurance Exchange (The Exchange)
The Exchange is a reciprocal insurance company that provides Property & Casualty Insurance and risk management solutions to its Ag-Industry members. Operating in 11 states, The Exchange has been insuring agribusiness since 1953.