Friday Focus

Investing in Innovative Insurtech Businesses – An Insurtech Exploration

We are delighted to partner with Technation’s Insurtech Board and Insurtech UK for Friday Focus on 7th May 2021, where we will explore the fast-growing, insurtech sector and assess where the investment opportunities are for our community.

The global insurtech market revenue was valued at 5.48 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach 10.14 billion by 2025. In the UK alone, £253 million was raised in 2020 with 54 raises closed.

Insurance is a big, multifaceted industry with huge opportunities for new technologies and business models. The industry is undergoing a period of transformation, driven by digitalisation and the emergence of technology driven insurtechs that have harnessed the exponential growth of data provided to them by the IoT. The insurtech sector is now offering customers quick and adaptable policies; a diverse landscape of tech-driven insurance platforms and technology solution providers is emerging that can address the numerous pain points associated with today’s insurance industry.

Meet the speakers: 

Luisa Barile
CFO, Bought by Many

Luisa Barile is the CFO of Bought by Many, an insurtech company that is disrupting pet insurance through the innovative use of tech and an obsession about customer service. Bought By Many was voted the Best Pet Insurance Provider in the 2020 Insurance Choice Awards, and is now present in the UK, Sweden and the US.

Luisa is a Council member of Insurtech UK, the association of UK insurtechs, and a member of the Tech Nation’s Insurtech Delivery Board. She is currently serving as visiting professor at ESCP Business School, teaching scale-up strategy.

An actuary by training, Luisa spent 10 years at McKinsey as a management consultant, and held various roles in the industry including operations manager at Beazley, COO and then CEO of the insurance outsource provider Charles Taylor Insurance Services and NED of insurance tech company Fadata.


Becky Downing
Venture Director

Becky is an award-winning startup founder, serial entrepreneur, venture architect, builder, scaler and thought leader, with over a decade of experience in building startups from the ground up. She is passionate about building businesses and high-performance teams and enjoy being at the forefront of driving startups through multiple stages of growth.

Becky is one of the few female entrepreneurs globally to have raised upwards of £20M in angel and VC funding for her startups. She has built three successful businesses including Europe’s first price comparison and booking platform for home moves; the relocation industry’s leading SAAS platform for video surveys; and the world’s first truly intelligent and personalised home insurance company.

In 2015, Becky was recognised as ‘One of the 200 Most Influential People in Tech (UK) – 2015’ by TechCity Insider. In 2016, she won the WCIT Emerging Entrepreneur Award and won a silver Stevie Award (women in small business category).


Matthew Jones
Managing Director, Anthemis

Matthew is a Managing Director at Anthemis, where he is responsible for sourcing, analyzing and executing investments as well as providing support for Anthemis’ portfolio companies. He brings in-depth knowledge of the insurance sector and focuses on investments in insurance and risk-related technology. His areas of interest include analytics and data, artificial intelligence and automation, asset management, digital health, new insurance propositions, risk management and mobility. Prior to joining Anthemis, Matthew was at Swiss Re, with roles across non-life and life insurance and reinsurance, in both London and Zurich.

Matthew holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Bath and also studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Outside the office, he is particularly interested in politics and sport, most notably football and rugby.


David Goaté
Co-founder & CTO, Marshmallow

David is a co-founder and CTO of Marshmallow. An insurtech company that’s using technology to create a new kind of customer centric insurance that’s cheaper, faster, fairer – and always on our customers’ side.

David has 12 years’ of experience working in & leading software engineering teams in industries spanning automotive, finance, real-estate & digital identity. He has a passion for creating environments and cultures which enable fast moving, high performing and innovative delivery teams which operate across the full software development lifecycle.



Date and time
07 May 2021
11:00 - 12:30
Venue Address

Online webinar

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