ELEMENT raises US$19.5m for business expansion
Berlin-based insurtech company ELEMENT has raised a total of US$19.5m in funding, which will be used to help the company’s growth. The investment firm Witan Group and fintech investor Ilavska Vuillermoz Capital were involved in raising the capital, the first time both companies have invested in the German insurtech.
Existing investment organisations Finleap, Signals VC, Versorgungswerk der Zahnärztekammer Berlin, and the European VC Mundi Ventures also participated in the round of funding. Dr. Christian Macht, Chief Executive Officer of ELEMENT, said: “The new investments show that not only our existing investors but also new investors are convinced of our business model. Therefore, we will continue to follow our strategic approach and intensify the scaling process”.
In 2020, ELEMENT reported $8.3m in gross written premiums and has entered into 10 new partnerships with companies in different industries since the beginning of 2021. Talking about the company’s approach to the industry and growth, Dr. Macht said: “We are Germany’s strongest B2B insurtech in the property/casualty sector. Having just completed the five strongest sales months in the company’s history, our B2B2X-approach has proven to be extremely successful”.
The growth of ELEMENT
As a fully cloud-based insurtech company, ELEMENT Insurance AG has grown significantly over the past year, adding new products and services to its existing portfolio. It offers a variety of property and casualty products related to insurance from household and private liability cover to more specific policies such as parametric weather insurance.
The company works with over 30 partners in the automotive sector and insurance industry, as well as telecommunications providers. During the first quarter of 2021, further expanded its product range in the market with pet health insurance.
The Global InsurTech Market (2020-2025)
In 2019, the revenue of the Global Insurtech market was valued at $5.48bn. By 2025, however, this number is expected to grow to $10.14bn, almost doubling its value in six years.
During this time, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR rate of 10.80%, and with global premiums of more than $4.9trn as of 2017, the insurance industry is one of the most complex to date. Reasons for the steep climb in the market’s growth include factors such as the simplification of the claims process, the ability to implement automation, and improved communication with the client.
S&P: India second-largest insurtech market in Asia pacific
According to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, India has the second-largest insurtech market in the Asia-Pacific region next to China. Its market accounts for 35% of the US$3.66bn of venture capital in the sector’s region.
Currently, there are around 335 private insurtech firms operating in the Asia Pacific with 122 of them disclosing US$3.66bn in aggregate capital raised through private placements.
Details of the S&P Global Market Research report
The report includes information on both China and India’s position in the APAC insurtech market. "China and India are collectively home to nearly half of private insurtech companies in the APAC region and attracted about 78% of the investments. The two markets will continue to corner the lion's share of investor interest on account of their large and fast-growing insurance markets”, the report said.
Stating specific details around India’s insurance market in the Asia Pacific, Sampath Sharma Nariyanuri, a fintech analyst with S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: "India is the second-largest insurance technology market in Asia-Pacific. India has at least 66 insurtech companies and accounted for 35% of the $3.66 billion in insurtech-focused venture capital invested in the APAC region," said "Insurance technology investors are attracted to India since it is one of the fastest-growing insurance markets in the world”.
In the twelve months ending on 31 March 2020, insurance premiums in India came to a total of US$107bn following a 5-year rise of 10% in the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) from the 2015 financial year to the 2020 financial year.
The report also states: "While big techs are vying to become digital intermediaries in the insurance space, established carriers are building proprietary digital channels. Startups that assist both incumbents and big techs in making this transition will likely emerge as winners”.