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Agentero Expands Offerings for Agents

Agentero | December 16, 2021

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Agentero, the digital insurance network, has expanded its personal and commercial offerings for independent agents, announcing new integrations with four leading insurance markets including Ethos, Cowbell Cyber, Thimble and Bamboo Insurance. The firm currently connects agents with 19 markets providing quoting, communication and automation tools so agents can efficiently write more new business.

Agentero focuses on reinventing the insurance buying process, making insurance more accessible to consumers and small businesses. New agents can sign up with Agentero in 10 minutes or less, and once they do, new insurance applications can be completed in seconds.

"Insurance has so many opportunities to be faster and more convenient. We're focused on driving insurance innovation in distribution, something we plan to continue in 2022, We are also reducing the barriers to entry for new agents. Insurance has traditionally been a tough business to get started in, and we're connecting agents to a variety of insurance products quickly."

- Luis Pino, CEO of Agentero.

The firm has added the following insurance products to its platform:
  • Ethos provides life insurance
  • Cowbell Cyber offers standalone, admitted, individualized, and easy-to-understand cyber insurance
  • Thimble offers small business general liability insurance
  • Bamboo Insurance offers homeowners and dwelling fire

Independent insurance agents use Agentero to access modern carriers and to boost their revenue. Agents save time and deliver a superior customer experience through efficient product distribution. 

About Agentero
With more than 1,000 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.

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Today's commercial and home security monitoring systems produce an enormous amount of big data designed to alert users after an event has occurred. We believe that no system exists to continuously collect and analyze that data, utilizing it to predict, alert and prevent risky behavior autonomously, and proactively warn of an event that is about to happen. OneEvent’s patented artificial intelligence (AI) software platform analyzes a multitude of environmental sensor measurements to create information and messages that are sent instantaneously to the mobile devices of property owners and managers. The OnePrevent™ system is empowering and enabling faster and better decision making, and mitigating property damage and personal injury risk. The system identifies and predicts the onset of fires, water damage, equipment failures, food/medicine spoilage and other catastrophic events. The AI solution creates a paradigm where computer systems can sense what’s occurring within an environment, and think, learn and act in response to what they're sensing.


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Novea Inc. Closes $55 Million Funding for FinTech Jacana Warranty's InsureTech Platform

Newpoint Financial Group SARL. | December 21, 2021

Novea, Inc., ("Novea") a financial technology (fintech) software company founded in 2015, announced today that it has closed $50 million in equity and $5 million debt financing. The equity proceeds will go towards wholly-owned subsidiaries of Novea, Jacana Warranty and Jacana Insurance, to support a proprietary user application platform it developed which is revolutionizing the consumer warranty and service contracts industry. The debt proceeds will support general corporate overhead expenses. The investment is provided by Swiss-based Newpoint Financial Group, a global diversified financial services firm ("Newpoint") with operations located throughout Europe, United States and West Africa. The investment was made through Newpoint's U.S. subsidiary, Newpoint Financial Corp. In exchange for Newpoint's $50 million equity investment, Novea has issued to Newpoint ten percent of its outstanding common stock and convertible redeemable preferred shares. The investment proceeds are being applied as statutory and solvency capital within Novea's insurance division, Jacana Insurance—bolstering its balance sheet for its global insurance underwriting commitments. As part of the transaction, Newpoint has also provided Novea a $5 million, five-year, revolving line of credit which Novea may draw down and use for corporate operational and overhead expenses. In addition, Newpoint was granted a warrant to purchase additional Novea common stock which may be exercised at Newpoint's discretion in an amount up to $50 million over the next ten years, which if exercised in total, increases the transaction value to $105 million. Other investment conditions include Newpoint having board of directors and risk committee representation rights, and Newpoint's reinsurance company, Newpoint RE having first right of refusal on all Novea reinsurance business opportunities as well as other customary covenants and monitoring rights. "We couldn't have asked for a better financial and reinsurance partner than Newpoint Financial. With this funding, we not only ensure moving Novea to the next level, but we are able to reward our existing long-term investors with a significant appreciation of their Novea shares as this transaction imputes a $500 million market value of Novea. Over the past couple of months, we have been closing multiple new customer contracts which represent significant sales growth for 2022 and we are looking to close out this year's sales pipeline with contracts value in excess of $10 million in potential new sales." -Jim Quinlan, CEO of Novea Keith D. Beekmeyer, CEO of Newpoint stated "2021 has been a landmark year for Newpoint having closed $250 million in solvency capital investments into multiple insurance and reinsurance companies throughout Europe and the United States. We're pleased to end the year on a high note with this $50 million investment into Novea. We believe that Novea's technology and proprietary claims processing will redefine the consumer warranty marketplace and we are looking forward to a long term mutually prosperous partnership with them." Iroko Securities, a Newpoint subsidiary, served as financial advisor to Newpoint. NMS Consulting served as strategic advisor to Novea. About NOVEA, INC. Novea Inc.is a financial services technology (FinTech) software company which has launched its proprietary user app, Jacana Warranty fully backed by Jacana Insurance, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Novea, Inc. Jacana Insurance is a captive specialty insurance carrier that offers warranties and service contracts on consumer products and electronics. Jacana Warranty has put the warranty buying power back into the hands of the consumer with the goal of becoming the consumer's ideal choice. About Newpoint Financial Group SARL. Newpoint Financial Group SARL., together with its global affiliates and subsidiaries is a global diversified financial services holding company which operates across multiple business units including insurance, reinsurance, insurance brokerage, investment banking, wealth management and asset management with operations located throughout Europe, United States and West Africa.

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Orion180 Hires Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer Orion180 Logo (PRNewsfoto/Orion180)

Orion180 | February 16, 2022

Orion180, a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern U.S., has announced the hiring of Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer. The hiring capped a year of significant growth and business momentum that will carry the company into 2022. Birchler joined Orion180 in December 2021 and is responsible for directing the finance, audit, and treasury functions of the organization. "It's exciting to be part of a team that is truly focused on redefining the Insuretech space while providing customer-centric solutions and competitive products that will deliver unique value to our retail broker partners and insureds, I look forward to being part of Orion180's leadership team to improve on the solid financial foundation the organization has achieved, and further build on the vision and goals the company has set forth for 2022 and beyond." -Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Birchler has more than 25 years of insurance and financial services experience. Prior to his role at Orion180, he served as an executive with Ernst & Young in New York and Zurich. During his tenure there, he led finance and multi-disciplinary teams in the disciplines of property and casualty, health, reinsurance, and M&As. Birchler's experience includes generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP) and statutory financial reporting, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), internal controls assessment and auditing. "Over the last year, Orion180 experienced tremendous growth, as the organization grew by over 400%. Christoph's experience working with property and casualty carriers across Europe and the US will be a tremendous asset to our team as we continue to scale, We are excited to welcome Christoph to our growing team." -Ken Gregg, CEO and Founder of Orion180. Headquartered in Florida, Orion180 operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia with plans to continue expanding in 2022. About Orion180: Orion180 is a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern United States. Providing a combination of human interaction and unsurpassed technology, Orion180 enables real time quoting, binding, and issue functions in a matter of minutes. The company simplifies the homeowners insurance process, providing products that are innovative, fast, and secure. Its product has an A- A.M. Best rating, which means consumers are protected even for the most severe losses.

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King Insurance expands into Georgia with the acquisition of Piedmont Insurance Associates

King | December 24, 2021

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Prime Insurance Company Assigned Financial Stability Ratings® from Demotech, Inc.

Prime Insurance Company | June 13, 2022

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Today's commercial and home security monitoring systems produce an enormous amount of big data designed to alert users after an event has occurred. We believe that no system exists to continuously collect and analyze that data, utilizing it to predict, alert and prevent risky behavior autonomously, and proactively warn of an event that is about to happen. OneEvent’s patented artificial intelligence (AI) software platform analyzes a multitude of environmental sensor measurements to create information and messages that are sent instantaneously to the mobile devices of property owners and managers. The OnePrevent™ system is empowering and enabling faster and better decision making, and mitigating property damage and personal injury risk. The system identifies and predicts the onset of fires, water damage, equipment failures, food/medicine spoilage and other catastrophic events. The AI solution creates a paradigm where computer systems can sense what’s occurring within an environment, and think, learn and act in response to what they're sensing.

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