June 8, 2015
Insurance carriers are increasingly doubling as venture capitalists, identifying and supporting startup technology companies that promise to shake up the industry. Here are some leading insurers that are making big investments in supporting emerging technology companies.
USAA: USAA Corporate Development has identified and closed more than 15 venture investments, the company says, including TrueCar, Snapsheet, and Saffron.
American Family Insurance: American Family Ventures has made investments in 15 companies, including CoverHound and Networked Insights.
Hartford Steam Boiler: The Munich Re division made its first investment with its new venture capital arm earlier this year: Waygum, an Internet of Things company.
Generali: The Italian insurer, Europe’s third-largest, is planning investments in six technology companies, according to the Financial Times.
Transamerica: Transamerica Ventures is “investing in enterprise-focused companies to help lead the digital transformation of Aegon and Transamerica,” the company says. It has invested in seven companies including OxData, CipherCloud, and PolicyGenius
MassMutual: MassMutual Ventures’ “key areas of investment focus include FinTech, data analytics, cybersecurity, digital health, and enterprise software,” according to the company.
AXA: AXA Strategic Ventures has set aside €200 million to support startups, making initial investments in five European companies.
XL Group: XL Innovate was launched earlier this year to “create partnerships outside of the traditional underwriting space to find ways to underwrite currently uninsured risks.”
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