How FutureProof uses AI to create smarter insurance

We take a look at how FutureProof uses its climate-smart insurance products to help close the coverage gap and motivate investment in climate adaptation

Founded in 2019, FutureProof is a venture-backed insurtech startup on a mission to create the climate-smart insurer of the future.

Using artificial intelligence (AI), FutureProof predicts wind and flood losses using predictors that yield high-resolution predictions with accurate out-of-sample performance. With FutureProof’s algorithmic underwriting, the industry will be able to select, price, and manage risk more profitably in near-real-time.

“As climate risk escalates, and natural disasters continue to cause unprecedented levels of financial losses, it will widen the coverage gap and propagate underinsurance. The insurance industry knows it needs a new generation of underwriting, pricing, and portfolio management tools for managing weather- and climate-related P&C risk,” said Alisa Valderrama, co-founder and CEO at FutureProof. “Our underwriting will help close the coverage gap and increase financial resilience to climate-linked losses from hurricanes and floods. Pricing this risk will create incentives to invest in climate adaptation measures.”

Insurance has a vital role to play in climate change 

The company recently announced that it has raised US$6.5mn in capital led by AXIS Digital Ventures with participation from prior investors Innovation Endeavors and MS&AD Ventures. The new funding brings FutureProof’s total capital raised to nearly US$10mn.

“This capital raise enables us to add top underwriting, portfolio risk management, and engineering talent as we launch FutureProof’s digital MGA later this year,” said Chief Insurance Officer Fid Norton. “Our ground-breaking technology will improve the profitability and return on equity for our carrier and reinsurance partners, and the algorithmic underwriting engine we build to deliver our results will provide faster quotes to our wholesale broking partners.”

The insurtech is comprised of a team of insurance industry veterans, data scientists, economists, and climate scientists, with co-founders including Chief Insurance Officer Fid Norton, who most recently served as Chief Risk Officer at XL Catlin.

“FutureProof is a trailblazing startup that will provide innovative climate risk underwriting solutions to the market. AXIS Digital Ventures is proud to partner with FutureProof and support its mission, which aligns with our own business priorities, beliefs and values,” said Linda Ventresca, Chief Strategy Officer for AXIS Capital. “At AXIS, we believe the (re)insurance industry has a critical role to play in addressing climate change and we share FutureProof's commitment to building a more climate-resilient world.”

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