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Insurtech Conference with ANZIIF and Insurtech Australia

Registration now open for the 2018 ANZIIF Insurtech Conference

February 14th, 2018 Posted by Community, News 0 thoughts on “Registration now open for the 2018 ANZIIF Insurtech Conference”



Insurtech is dominating the conversation, but what’s the fuss?

Insurtech Australia, along with ANZIIF and FinTech New Zealand, encourage you to attend ANZIIF’s second Insurtech Conference to learn how the digital revolution is reshaping the industry and how disruption provides the chance to inspire.

This regional conference brings together tech and insurance to find unique and innovative ways to work together. Day 1 of the conference will feature an Insurtech 101 workshop, for insurance professionals who want to know more about Insurtech, the impact on them and also on the industry.

Day 2 is a full day conference that will feature ‘Insurtech Alley and ‘Tech Tank’ which directly connects insurers with tech companies.


Discover more and register for the event HERE

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Insurtech Australia Successfully Launches October 2017!

December 20th, 2017 Posted by Community, News, Press 0 thoughts on “Insurtech Australia Successfully Launches October 2017!”

Insurtech Australia has finally launched…and what an event!

Here’s what happened

It was a full house as guests arrived early evening for the launch. As everyone eagerly awaited the start, discussions of the latest insurance and insurtech happenings could be heard throughout the room. Representatives from all facets of the Australian insurance ecosystem were present: insurtechs, insurers, advisors, investors, policy advocators, and more.

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As the room quieted, Steve Raynor (COO, QBE) delivered a warm welcome followed by a few words from Danielle Szetho (CEO, FinTech Australia). After the opening remarks, CEO and Co-Founder of Insurtech Australia, Brenton Charnley, hit the stage to formally announce the launch of Insurtech Australia.

Without delay, Charnley dove right into discussing the milestones Insurtech Australia has reached since its inception in 2016, its strong team and community of partners and members, and the organisation’s objectives for the upcoming year. Charnley took a moment to remind us of how insurance has evolved over time, and what it means today.

“Whilst time has changed, insurance, or the underlying purpose, continues to survive. Yes, the technology has improved, but insurance has seen shifts due to tech before. We define insurtech as the application of technology innovation in the insurance industry value chain, to solve known challenges and discover unknown opportunities, in order to deliver value for customers.”

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Insurtech Australia aims to make Australia a world leading market for insurtech innovation and investment. The insurtech and insurance industry has boomed in the last few years, and Charnley states Australia is in position to be a world leader in insurtech.

“We have the resources, the talent, and the drive to make this happen…Australia is known for being a high quality exporter, so let’s add insurtech to the mix.”

Charnley also discussed the importance of building and growing an insurtech ecosystem to support this cause, as more can be achieved by leveraging all parties in the ecosystem and working together. This ecosystem includes:

  • Investors and capital
  • Government and Policy
  • Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers and community
  • Insurtechs, technology and the innovation ecosystem
  • Advisors, support and industry bodies

Panel Discussion

With the launch thoroughly addressed, it was time for a panel discussion with a few insurtech thought leaders who are currently making waves in the industry: Naby Mariyam (Founder and CEO, Coverhero), Louise Dwyer (EGM Global Partnerships, Suncorp Group), Daniel Fogarty (Co-Founder and CEO, Evari), and Ralph Ronnenberg (Managing Director, Munich Re Australasia), facilitated by Insurtech Australia’s Partnerships Manager, Rita Yates.

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The question of the hour was, “How can Australia be a world leader in insurtech?”

Incidentally, this question was asked again to the wider community of insurtechs and partners. See what they have to say here.

All in all, it was a successful launch for Insurtech Australia and we’re excited to see what the insurtech community can accomplish together this upcoming year.

What’ next for Insurtech Australia?

Insurtech Australia aims to make Australia a world leading market for insurtech innovation and investment by fostering a diverse community of insurance innovation & collaboration. As a not-for-profit organisation, it is dedicated to supporting and growing the insurtech community and advocating on behalf of its members and partners.

For 2018, Insurtech Australia will work to:

  • Establish a nationwide insurtech community and increase membership
  • Accelerate insurance innovation, grow insurtechs and partnerships
  • Advocate on insurtech policy to help create the best regulatory environment
  • Support and connect people in the ecosystem, locally and globally


In the upcoming year, Insurtech Australia will also collaborate with ANZIIF on the 2018 Insurtech Conference.
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“How can insurtech help shape the Australian insurance world of tomorrow?”

December 12th, 2017 Posted by Community, News 0 thoughts on ““How can insurtech help shape the Australian insurance world of tomorrow?””

At our launch in October 2017, we asked our partners and insurtech members: “How can insurtech help shape the Australian insurance industry of tomorrow?” Here’s what they have to say!

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Insurtech Australia meets InsTech London in London

November 8th, 2017 Posted by Community, News 0 thoughts on “Insurtech Australia meets InsTech London in London”

Last week Insurtech Australia’s Brenton Charnley met InsTech London’s Robin Merttens in London to discuss the global insurtech community.

It’s time to create a global InsurTech community by forming links between the relevent groups in each country. We can share interesting content and ideas, help make introductions for travelling members, globalise the investor base and most importantly learn from the best of what other communities are doing.

Read more about Robin Mertten’s thoughts on InsTech London.

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Insurtech Australia Launch Announcement

October 23rd, 2017 Posted by Community, News 0 thoughts on “Insurtech Australia Launch Announcement”

With insurtech starting to enjoy rapid growth in Australia, Insurtech Australia today announces its formation as a new industry association dedicated to the advancement of insurance innovation and insurtech startups.

Insurtech Australia is being created as a standalone division of Fintech Australia, the association for Australian fintech startups. As a national, not-for-profit organisation, it will focus on representing insurtech startups, insurers, reinsurers and brokers and other insurance related disciplines, such as health, wellbeing, data and analytics, machine learning, IoT and telematics.

You can find out more and access the official media release here.

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Insurtech Australia member Cover Genius takes top honours in Smart50 Awards

October 20th, 2017 Posted by Community, Members 0 thoughts on “Insurtech Australia member Cover Genius takes top honours in Smart50 Awards”

According to Smart Company

Sydney-based insurtech startup Cover Genius nabbed the top award of the night for its technology that helps streamline processes in the Australian insurance market — an offering that has led the startup to boast an impressive 2606.3% three-year revenue growth rate.

Congratulations to the Cover Genius team. Find out more about their API’s including xCover, and xClaim here.

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Insurtech Australia member Friendsurance launches insurance for bicycle riders

August 30th, 2017 Posted by Community, Members, News 0 thoughts on “Insurtech Australia member Friendsurance launches insurance for bicycle riders”

Fuelled by a $5.5 million investment from James Packer-backed Ellerston Capital, the local arm of German peer-to-peer insurer Friendsurance wants to change the way Australians get insurance. It starts with protecting the humble bicycle.

Friendsurance, headquartered in Berlin and founded in 2010, has gained attention for being the world’s first P2P insurer. The model organises individuals into groups of 10, that cross insure each other – if there are no claims, up to 40 per cent of the premium is refunded.

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