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Funding

Cyber insurtech BOXX Insurance announces USD $10M Series A

BOXX, a cyber insurance provider for small businesses, individuals and families, announced today that it has closed its oversubscribed USD $10 million (CAD $12.7 million) Series A-round in a bid to accelerate growth and expand its footprint internationally. The new investors are Cyber Mentor Fund (CMF), Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) and SixThirty Ventures.

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Product Launches

Funding

Cyber insurtech BOXX Insurance announces USD $10M Series A

BOXX, a cyber insurance provider for small businesses, individuals and families, announced today that it has closed its oversubscribed USD $10 million (CAD $12.7 million) Series A-round in a bid to accelerate growth and expand its footprint internationally. The new investors are Cyber Mentor Fund (CMF), Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) and SixThirty Ventures.

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bolttech extends Series A funding round to US$210 million

bolttech, one of the fastest growing international insurtech unicorns, today announced the extension of its recently-announced US$180 million series A funding round led by Activant Capital Group, bringing the series total to US$210 million. The largest ever Series A round for an insurtech now adds two new strategic investors in bolttech, Singapore-based global investor EDBI (“EDBI”) and Alma Mundi Insurtech Fund, Spain (“Mundi Ventures”).

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Thought Leadership

How insurers can approach cybersecurity risk

The FBI reported a 400% increase in cybercrimes in 2020, in part because of the increase in remote work. Among the cybercrimes were two major data breaches: SolarWinds and FireEye, both third-party technology partners hired to protect their clients from data breaches and then becoming victims themselves.

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Insurance M&A Activity Rebounds

In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdowns in early 2020, M&A activity in the insurance industry dropped off as deals were put on “pause” while potential buyers waited to see how the pandemic would affect the availability of capital, target company values, and the ability of the parties and service providers to carry on with the acquisition process.

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Acquisitions

Leadership Changes

Technology

automation

Automation is changing the rules for insurance underwriting

The insurance industry is the very definition of risk-averse, and that includes the sector’s critical operation of underwriting. Spend a working lifetime identifying, analyzing, quantifying and ascribing monetary value to risk, and one is likely to have a fairly strong aversion to undertaking new endeavors with inadequately understood consequences.

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AI

May AI underwrite you?

According to McKinsey, 22 percent of cross-industry enterprises already attribute 5 percent+ of their EBIT to AI. And HBR estimates that AI will add $13 trillion to the global economy over the next decade.

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3 ways to streamline your document processing with AI

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gained traction with enterprises in other industries, insurance providers have been slower to adopt. In 2016, research by Deloitte noted that less than 2 percent of insurance companies were currently investing in artificial intelligence technologies.

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Industry Trends

P/C Reinsurers Keep Underwriting Discipline Even as Capacity Rises: Guy Carpenter

Property and casualty reinsurers have displayed underwriting discipline during this year’s renewals, continuing with rate corrections that began several years ago, despite the pressures of abundant capacity. Prices continued to harden during the first half of 2021 – albeit with slightly less momentum than last year – in a trend that will likely continue into the January 2022 renewal season.

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