Record-breaking nine-month InsurTech investment surpasses USD 10 billion threshold in Q3 2021

24 November 2021

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Consolidated global investment into the InsurTech sector continues to reach new highs. Capital invested in insurance technology start-ups surpassed the USD 10 billion mark for the first time in any one year on record. 2021 has now overseen a record-breaking USD 10.5 billion raised during the first three quarters of the year. Still with three months left to go, 2021 is now only USD 12 million short of the entirety of what was invested into InsurTechs globally in 2018 and 2019 combined. The total deal count was 421 which is also an annual record according to the recent Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson.

The latest quarter saw 113 deals yield more than USD 3.1 billion in investment, a 23% increase over Q3, 2020. It was the second-largest funding quarter on record. Deal numbers were up only 9% year-on-year, but the number of mega-rounds of USD 100+ million reached 11 and accounted for more than half of total funding (down from nearly 70% in Q2, 2021, a quarter that broke nearly every record). Two of the three largest deals were with cyber-related InsurTechs: Coalition (USD 205 million) and At-Bay (USD 185 million).

The share of US-domiciled investment targets rebounded to nearly 46%, an increase of roughly seven points from the previous quarter, but countries including Indonesia, Sweden, South Africa, Singapore, and the UAE saw quarter-on-quarter increases in deal activity. Early-stage startups raised a record-breaking USD 630 million, as their average deal size grew to nearly USD 12 million. The share of seed and angel rounds fell dramatically, however, to just 19%, its lowest point since Q2, 2020. Conversely, Series A deal count nearly doubled to 31% of deals.

Dr Andrew Johnston, Global Head of InsurTech at ICMIF Supporting Member Willis Re, said: “The continuing escalation of InsurTech funding does not mean that venture and growth capital is available to most or even many InsurTechs. The growth of global InsurTech investment over the past decade has been significant, but the stark pattern is a concentration of the much for the few. For example, in the second quarter, more than two-thirds of the total capital raised went into 15 deals. Roughly 0.5% of the world’s InsurTechs shared USD 3.3 billion, while UDS 1.5 billion was distributed between another 147. Funding was zero for the remaining 95%.”

The latest Briefing, which explores InsurTechs focused on the future of risk, opens with a deep dive into the ways InsurTech are attempting to deliver innovations that ultimately lead to better insurance outcomes. This Briefing includes case studies of the InsurTechs:

  • OTONOMI, a blockchain-enabled parametric MGA in the cargo space;
  • Corvus, an MGA with an AI-driven approach to commercial risk;
  • Arbol, a platform for parametric weather risk products;
  • Stable, which provides price risk management tools for the food and farming sectors;
  • Understory, a platform for hyperlocal climate-risk analysis;
  • Concirrus, which uses IoT data and AI to design and price digital insurance products;
  • Kettle, a reinsurance MGA that uses AI to assess perils, starting with California wildfires; and
  • Previsico, a flood modeler focused on surface water flooding.

Thought leadership comes from Julian Roberts, Managing Director, Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions at Willis Towers Watson, who considers the future of risk management. Roberts said: “The interdependence of risk is now greater than ever, with almost every link in every supply chain reliant on functioning technology and connectivity. It’s both an emerging risk and a powerful solution. Enhanced data enabled by technology provides effective new risk insights and paves the way for boundless new creativity in insurance solutions.”

View the full report here.


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