Insurtech Australia co-founds Global InsurTech Alliance

Insurtech Australia today announced the launch of the Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA) – a new network of organisations to facilitate global connectivity in insurance innovation.

Other GITA founding members include InsTech London (UK), InsurTech Asia and FinTechNZ, with upcoming new members organisations expected from both Europe and North America.

GITA’s mission is to foster international collaboration in global insurtech, to promote innovation within the insurance industry, and to align events and activities in individual member countries. The organisation will form and grow a global community for insurance and technology innovation. In particular, there is intent to share and work together on industry analysis and insights, to make introductions and create opportunities for respective members and partners.

The first GITA-supported activity will be an international roadshow in March facilitated by InsurTech Asia which will offer startups the opportunity to meet leading insurers and investors in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Germany.

Brenton Charnley, CEO of Insurtech Australia commented: “The development of the global insurtech eco-system with international partners reflects the rapid evolution underway for a sector little changed in over two centuries. In just a few years, there has been a rapid emergence of new technologies and Insurtech activities across the insurance value chain. As a global network of organisations dedicated to supporting insurtech, GITA will help facilitate new opportunities for Australian startups and offer enhanced collaboration opportunities to our corporate supporters.”

The global Insurtech trend follows closely behind the growth of fintech innovation in the retail-banking sector. Based on Insurtech Australia’s estimates, Australia already has over 50 organisations actively pursuing insurtech products or projects. According to a Willis Towers Watson and CB Insights report, global insurtech funding rose to US$1.682 billion in 2016, up from just US$347 million in 2012.

“Insurtechs’ major successes to date have largely been driven by successful partnerships between insurtechs, insurers and re-insurers,” said Charnley. “The Global InsurTech Alliance has the potential to be a key driver of global partnerships. This initiative will support our members and partners, and we look forward collaborating with our GITA co-founders in the UK, Asia and New Zealand, as well as welcoming other insurtech ecosystem partners to the alliance.”

GITA’s founding members share an interest and representation from a broad spectrum of companies and eco system partners – including regulators and participants across the entire insurance value chain to technology providers, funding partners, start-ups and more.

“InsurTech Asia Association and our members are excited to be among the founding members for Global InsurTech Alliance. Asia has seen a spike of insurtech activity in the past two years with major regional innovation hubs taking shape in both China and Singapore. We recognise that the true power of insurtech is in collaboration and the best innovations will scale across our ecosystems to transform global insurance industry. We look forward to taking our cross-border collaboration to the next level and building the future of insurance together,” says George Kesselman President of the InsurTech Asia Association.

Global alliance follows rapid growth since launch

The founding of GITA marks a rapid period of expansion for Insurtech Australia following its launch in October 2017. New corporate partners have joined to support the growth of Insurtech in Australia. DXC Technology, one of the world’s largest global IT Services and Solutions provider to the insurance industry joins as a Founding Partner together with new General Partners: RAA Insurance, Gallagher Insurance Brokers and Cunningham Lindsay Loss Adjusters.

Insurtech Australia’s leadership team has also been boosted by the appointment of Simon O’Dell as Chief Operating Officer. Simon has over 10 years’ experience in insurance broking and will combine his duties with his role as the co-founder of Manner.io, a platform to connect brokers and underwriters.

“We welcome our newest partners to Insurtech Australia’s growing list of partners who share our passion for thinking differently and growing Insurtech in Australia. Both the calibre and diversity of our Partner group demonstrates the interest and importance of Insurtech to the Australian insurance industry.” says Insurtech Australia’s COO Simon O’Dell.

Insurtech Australia is rolling out a full programme of activities in 2018, including:

  • A full calendar of monthly partner events across the country, with the first on 15 February in Sydney sponsored by General Partner Envest on the topic of “Building real value in Insurtech with a Venture Capital Partner”
  • Supporting the DXC Springboard competition (launched by Founding Partner DXC in December 2017 in collaboration with another Founding Partner Stone and Chalk). The competition invites late-stage Insurtech startups to pitch their solution to a panel of senior leaders from insurance and technology companies with an opportunity to win prize money and global distribution with DXC Technology
  • Acting as an event partner for the second annual ANZIIF Insurtech Conference (organised by General Partner ANZIIF) on the 3 May 2018.