Aug 26, 2020

Breathe Life raises CA$11.5m to enhance digital distribution

Breathe Life
Digital distribution
Insurance
National Bank of Canada
William Girling
2 min
Breathe Life has managed to raise CA$11.5m to drive digital distribution in insurance
Breathe Life, a SaaS platform provider for the life insurance sector, announced that it has secured CA$11.5m (US$8.7m) in funds for digital innovation...

Breathe Life, a SaaS platform provider for the life insurance sector, announced that it has secured CA$11.5m (US$8.7m) in funds for digital innovation.

The total sum consists of $6.5m raised from a Series A round led by Real Ventures and Investissement Québec, and a further $5m from assorted government grants and the National Bank of Canada.

The company offers end-to-end solutions for life insurance carriers, including suites of tools dedicated to the ‘producer experience’ and the ‘direct experience’. Fundamentally, it realises that there are three distinct groups who benefit from a unified insurance platform:

  • Carriers: need modern systems and processes to drive distribution.
  • Producers: require faster, better and easier methods of growing and nurturing customer relationships, not to mention remote methods of selling policies.
  • Consumers: desire easier methods of buying insurance policies, which should also be tailored to meet their exact requirements. 

Adapting insurance for the current era

Breathe Life’s focus on digital transformation stems from its realisation that modern insurance will need to evolve if it is to meet consumer needs in the post-COVID-19 age.

“In our current global context there is an increased need to develop digital services in all sectors, and we’re convinced that this promising Montreal company will play an important role in bringing innovation to the insurance industry,” said Guy LeBlanc, President and CEO of Investissement Québec.

John Stokes, Partner at Real Ventures, concurred with this statement and emphasised that the urgent need for digital transformation was now unignorable:

“Until recently, the insurance industry has approached digital transformation as a multi-year effort. If the last six months have taught the industry anything, it’s that the time to go digital is now.” 

Stokes also highlighted that Breathe Life possessed a “proven track record” in its efforts to deliver sophisticated digital distribution software to insurance carriers in North America.

Going digital: good for carriers and customers

“Everything that has happened this momentous year has raised the stakes for carriers, forcing them to quickly and effectively modernize their operations to meet the pressing financial-security needs of billions of consumers worldwide,” stated Ian Jeffrey, CEO of Breathe Life. 

“Helping consumers engage online, and making it easy for advisors to help them there, is no longer a ‘nice to have,’ but an urgent requirement of the new normal. Breathe Life is empowering carriers to transform now. Using our digital distribution platform, carriers can quickly attract, service, and win new business cost-effectively across channels.”

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Jun 18, 2021

The Ultimate FinTech & InsurTech LIVE Event

Insurtech
Fintech
live
event
3 min
We release three new speaker names for the FinTech and InsurTech virtual conference that can’t be missed, streaming live from London

From October 12th-14th, 2021, BizClik’s FinTech & InsurTech event will bring together influential executives from around the world. Streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London, this three-day event will be an excellent way to finish the year strong, gaining the confidence your company needs to move forward into the future. 

With keynote addresses from global leaders, dynamic roundtable discussions, and extensive networking opportunities, FinTech & InsurTech 2021 will expand your network, deliver insight, and enhance your organisation’s reach. 

Already confirmed speakers include Colin Payne, VP & NextGen FS Global Lead at Capgemini; Dipu KV, President and Head of Operations & CX at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company; Bryan Caroll, CEO at TNEX; and Lucy Demery, Managing Director at Barclays.

The event will include:

 

  • Keynote addresses from respected industry leaders
  • Dynamic live roundtables (inc. Q&A)
  • Fireside discussions
  • Inspirational Speakers & Presentations
  • Extensive networking opportunities

 

 

Meet the Speakers

Each week, from now until the event, we’ll be announcing the latest speakers who are set to grace our physical or virtual stage, prepared to share their knowledge and insight with attendees. 

Our second batch consists of:

 

Scott Abraham

Currently the Senior Vice President of Business Development & Fintech for Mastercard UK & Ireland, a position he’s held since 2014, Abraham describes himself as “a proven and successful senior sales leader with experience across a wide range of industries, sectors, and channels.” 

Graduating from the University of Northampton in 1994 with a BA in Economics and Law, he worked for nine years at Sainsburys - eventually responsible for banking the company’s revenue and running its ATMs - and then Barclaycard for three years as Head of Client Management. In 2007, Abraham became VP of Client Management at American Express, and then VP and GM Global Supplier Relations EMEA in 2012.

In his current role at Mastercard, Abraham is accountable for the acceptance of all payments and products through all channels, devices, and technologies across UK and Ireland. In addition, he oversees the deployment of innovative new payment tech within the region.

 

Alistair Fraser-Hawkins

Fraser-Hawkins’ role as CEO, UK Corporate, at Marsh McLennan is the continuation of a long and successful insurance career, which has included being London Sales Director for JLT Group and Branch Director for Willis Towers Watson.

Marsh prides itself on being a company that hires top-tier talent, does work that impacts peoples’ lives, and offers its employees the opportunity to make a difference. This is clearly an attitude that aligns with Fraser-Hawkins’ own values; regarding the insurer’s UK Young Professionals initiative, a support network to help young professionals in their development, he said:

"I am passionate about developing talent and our Young Professional CRG provides a brilliant community for our Young Professional colleagues to discuss key issues relevant early in their careers, as well as an environment to promote the skills, learning and network for success."

 

Mike Massaro

Massaro is currently the CEO of Boston fintech Flywire, a role he took on in 2013. He first joined the team in 2012 as VP of Business Development, but it wasn’t long before his entrepreneurial skills were redirected to leading the entire company’s high-growth strategy worldwide.

An expert in domestic and international payments and billing, enterprise technology sales, strategic alliances, enterprise software, SaaS, product management and marketing, and much more, Massaro is a consummate finance professional whose credentials befit the leadership of a prominent global payments fintech.

His previous positions include Consultant at PwC and Product Line Manager at Oracle, and he maintains a Mentor role at startup accelerator MassChallenge. He graduated magna cum laude from Babson College with a BS in Information Systems and Finance.

 

This event is set to be one of the year's most unmissable. If you want to get leading perspectives on the future of fintech and insurtech, go to Eventbrite and purchase your tickets now.

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