Invite Only: Innovate UK KTN and Early Metrics Insurtech Matchmaking event

Innovate UK KTN in partnership with Early Metrics is hosting an Insurtech matchmaking event on Tuesday 23rd May, by invitation only.

Event Details


16.00 - 19.30



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As stated in the AI for Services 2022 report, funding in the UK Insurtech sector has experienced steep growth in recent years. The sharpest increase in 2021 saw a yearly funding amount increased by 176% to over £582 million. Moreover, the UK is home to some of the top Insurtech companies in the world – Bought By Many, Zego, Tractable and Marshmallow leading the way with unicorn status.

About the event

Innovate UK KTN in partnership with Early Metrics is hosting an Insurtech matchmaking event on Tuesday 23rd May 2023. This dedicated session will offer innovative start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to meet major insurance leading firms to help them solve their R&D challenges. Confirmed participants include Axa & Axa XL, Brit, Bupa, and Lloyds.

The event will take place from 16:00 – 19:30 on Tuesday 23rd May in Central London. Up to 20 of the most innovative companies who apply to attend will be invited to meet with established insurance firms for an evening of facilitated networking.

If you are a startup or SME interested in attending, please submit your contact details below.

An application form will be sent to your email address. Before submitting your application, please read the background information below and ensure you answer the questions in full. Applicants will be selected based on their level of innovation and ability to solve the partners’ challenges (available below).

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 10th May EOP.

Event format

The event format has been designed to connect entrepreneurs with potential partners and collaborators through a series of rapid ‘speed dating’ style sessions, which may lead to successful commercial relationships. Digital innovator attendees will rotate around the room with strictly seven minutes within which to have a one-to-one conversation or pitch to each industry representative. There will be refreshments throughout the afternoon evening with industry, academic experts and special guests joining the event.

**** Please note that this is an invitation only event ****
If you would like to be considered to attend this event as an insurance firm representative or an industry expert/special guest please contact Astrid Ayel directly who will be able to confirm your place. If you are an innovative startup and SME interested in attending please submit your application by Wednesday 10th May EOP. Full details above.

Challenge Statements (more to be added soon)

AXA Next is an Innovation hub within the Group to support AXA Entities accelerate innovation at scale by partnering with startups and Scale-ups across the globe. The team is leading open innovation activities connecting the global ecosystem of startups & tech players to the Insurance world to design innovative solutions and strategic business models. Their interest lies in Insurtech, HealthTech, Fintech, Web3, and SpaceTech.

Bupa, a global Health and Wellbeing company, is looking to make its digital customer journeys caring and empathetic. For this event, their focus is on their health insurance propositions. Bupa is interested in opportunities to make their customers feel cared for/more cared for as they navigate and utilise the digital platforms and services on offer. They’re looking to make the level of care and empathy felt through their digital journeys comparable to the care customers get through speaking to an agent.

Brit, the leading global speciality insurer, launched its innovation and venture arm, BritX, three years ago to help create the insurance business of tomorrow. Two years ago, they turnkeyed Ki, the first fully digital and algorithmically driven Lloyds of London syndicate. This has created the ideal platform to continue to innovate in the market. They are keen to carry on leveraging new and novel capabilities & technologies, built on the latest advancements of AI, NLP, and ML; helping to bring new information, structure & process existing information more efficiently and effectively, analyse and synthesise data; and effectively interface with humans throughout the process. BritX are looking for partners to help define these opportunities and then solve the problems to write the future.

As a 330-year-old insurance market, Lloyd’s wants to share their collective experience and knowledge with game changing InsurTechs who have new ways of thinking. Meet their innovation team to find out more about Lloyds’ Lab, their accelerator programme and the Lloyd’s product launchpad.

Direct Line Group is a leading general insurer in the UK. They have recently set up DLG Ecosystems (DLGe), an internal incubator with the goal of doing more for their customers by building new products and services that leverage DLG’s existing strengths as a large and established UK insurer. DLGe’s initial focus is on the motor and mobility ecosystem and they would like to explore partnering opportunities with relevant product, service and technology start-ups in this space.

WTW is an insurance broker providing data-driven, insight-led solutions in the areas of people, risk and capital that make corporate clients more resilient, motivate their workforces, and maximise their business performance. WTW’s Insurance, Consulting & Technology business also works closely with insurers as clients to help them optimise how they price and sell insurance solutions. We are always looking for smarter ways to measure, model and transfer risk with a particular focus on specialty and emerging risks including cyber, the impact of climate risk, new solutions to protect intangible assets, and improving customer experiences for commercial insurance purchases and claims.


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