Insurtech weekly: Lloyd's, Layr, Admiral, Indio, WorldCover, MS&AD, Nephila

Published in: Risk, Risk management, Corporate strategy, UK, Rest of Europe, US - Canada - Bermuda, ROW, Software - IT

Companies: Lloyd's, Layr, Admiral, Oakley Capital, Rastreator, Acierto, Indio Technologies, Menlo Ventures, 8VC, WorldCover, MS&AD Ventures, Nephila Capital, Y Combinator, Western Technology Investment, Catalyst Fund, J.P. Morgan,

Lloyd’s invests in AI startup 

Who’s involved: Lloyd’s of London and Layr, a US cloud-based commercial insurance platform for small businesses

What’s happening: Layr has secured an investment from Lloyd’s to further develop its artificial intelligence solution. The size of the investment by Lloyd’s was not disclosed

Significance of development: The investment follows Layr’s successful trial in the Lloyd’s Lab. This gave Lloyd’s the opportunity to test Layrs’s cloud-based service, which aims to provide faster access for small businesses looking to purchase liability insurance

Timeline: On 29 April, Lloyd’s Lab started working with a second cohort of 12 teams selected from more than 250 applicants. The 10-week programme will run until 3 Jul


Admiral acquires two Spanish price comparison websites

Who’s involved: UK-based insurer Admiral Group, private equity firm Oakley Capital and Spanish digital brokers Rastreator and Acierto

What’s happening: Admiral Group has agreed to form a joint venture with Oakley Capital to acquire Rastreator and Acierto

Significance of development: Peter Dubens, managing partner at Oakley Capital, said Rastreator and Acierto have developed strong positions in the still maturing Spanish comparison market and are “well-placed to achieve further growth”

Timeline: Completion of the deal is subject to merger control clearance by the EU Commission, as well as the approval of the Directorate-General for Insurance and Pension Funds in Spain


Indio Technologies raises $20m

Who’s involved: Indio Technologies, an insurance technology company that aims to streamline the business insurance application process; and venture capital firm Menlo Ventures

What’s happening: Indio Technologies has secured $20m in series B funding. The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures with participation from 8VC

Significance of development: The funding round is to fuel product development and digital innovation in property & casualty insurance

Timeline: With immediate effect. Founded in 2016, Indio Technologies has raised over $30m in total funding 


WorldCover raises $6m in round led by MS&AD 

Who’s involved: WorldCover, a provider of climate insurance to smallholder farmers in emerging markets; MS&AD Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Japan; and insurance-linked securities investment manager Nephila Capital

What’s happened: WorldCover has completed a $6m series A funding round led by MS&AS Ventures along with Y Combinator, Western Technology Investment, the Gates Foundation’s Catalyst Fund, J.P. Morgan and others. Nephila Capital is providing reinsurance capital to WorldCover through its Lloyd’s syndicate

Significance of development: The funding will allow WorldCover to continue roll-out of its drought cover in Ghana, Uganda and Kenya and expand into Asia and Latin America

Timeline: With immediate effect. Founded in 2015, WorldCover has proven its potential with a payout to three-quarters of policyholders in Kenya this year when crop yields fell below 70% of the long-term average in the southeastern region