Irish InsurTech Blink earns place on prestigious Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator program focused on COVID-19 risks

The top 10 ‘disruptor’ InsurTech companies announced by Lloyd’s Lab were selected from over 140 worldwide applications

Cork, Ireland (Aug. 11, 2020) – Blink is pleased to announce that it has earned its place as 1 of just 10 InsurTechs selected following a competitive ‘virtual pitch’ process that had 140 of the world’s insurance industry trailblazers vying for a place on the prestigious Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator programme.

Lloyd’s, the world’s leading specialist insurance and reinsurance market announced Blink’s selection to join its fifth cohort which will be focused on 3 themes including data & models, new insurance products & markets and response to COVID-19. The 10-week programme will commence on 7th September.

The 10 successful companies can be viewed here.

Speaking of today’s announcement, Blink’s co-founder and CEO Paul Prendergast said: “This has already been a tremendous experience for us and we’re just getting started. The pitch process allowed us to really refine our platform’s potential with an exciting range of commercial solutions and Lloyd’s Lab is going to work with us to accelerate the development and realization phases by providing us not only with Lloyd’s market access, but with rich historical data, analysis, modelling and testing forums. Our parametric platform’s effectiveness in supporting increasingly Covid-19 prone, high frequency, low severity claims environments was a major success factor in this process so we’re ready to showcase its full potential with this golden opportunity. We also get to collaborate with some of the world’s best minds in insurance innovation, so we are hugely honoured and thrilled to have been selected.”

Blink, founded in 2016 and bought by AIM listed CPP Group just 6 months after it was set up is now a world leader in parametric insurance product innovation, transforming its clients’ complex offerings into superior service experiences with simple, intuitive, online products. It was recognized in 2019 as one of the world’s fastest growing Travel Insurance InsurTechs making it onto The INSURTECH100 – an annual list of the world’s most innovative InsurTech companies solving significant industry problems, generating cost saving or efficiency improvements within insurance. The company partners globally with insurance and financial services companies, driving innovation in Asia, Europe and North America.

Trevor Maynard, Head of Innovation at Lloyd’s, said: “This cohort of InsurTechs will play an important role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help us develop the new models and insurance products of the future. We will undoubtedly need new products and services for insurers to deliver confidence and security against future waves of this pandemic and other systemic risks of the scale we have seen in 2020. I’m thrilled to have the best InsurTechs across the globe join the Lloyd’s Lab and look forward to seeing the progress they make. Lloyd’s has thrived on its purpose of sharing risk and its as important now as it has ever been to combine minds and build a braver world.”

About Blink Parametric

Paul Prendergast (CEO) and Peter Bermingham (CTO) founded Blink in 2016, an InsurTech start-up focussed on a flight disruption travel insurance solution to prove its parametric platform. It became the first InsurTech in the FCA (UK) Sandbox programme and was acquired by CPP Group (AIM CPP) in March 2017. Since then Blink made TheINSURTECH100 for 2019, an annual list of the worlds’ most innovative InsurTech companies having expanded its services platform to become a world leader in parametric insurance product innovation. It transforms its clients’ complex offerings into superior service experiences with simple, intuitive, online products. Its proven platform serves as the execution conduit for increasingly Covid-19 prone, high frequency, low severity claims across Commercial and Travel as well as Climate, Energy and IoT sectors. It successfully partners globally with insurance and financial services companies in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, visit blinkparametric.com.

The Blink Innovation team includes world-class software developers, tech architecture design specialists and experts in business processes, with a blend of more than 30 years’ experience. Together they demonstrate tremendous creativity, passion and commitment through the pursuit of agile, innovative parametric InsurTech solutions. Blink Innovation excel in effective project management, best-practice collaboration and integration to ensure the successful launch of transformative, compliant parametric insurance solutions. The team not only delivers on partner goals but takes care to articulate and deliver on a superior service experience for clients. For more information, visit blinkblink.io.

About CPP Group

CPP Group is a partner-focused, global product and services company, specializing in the financial services and insurance markets. We use our local knowledge from 12 country markets within Asia, Europe and Central America to provide our business partners with technology-led product, marketing and distribution expertise that deliver commercial benefits and bring meaningful solutions to over 10 million end customers worldwide.

CPP’s diverse range of insurance and assistance products can be designed to suit the bespoke needs of our business partners through providing their customers with peace of mind by reducing the stresses of everyday life, ranging from protection of mobile phones, payment cards and household belongings to keeping travel plans moving and the monitoring of compromised personal data.

For more information, visit international.cppgroup.com.

About the Lloyd’s Lab

The Lloyd’s Lab is the home of InsurTech and is a leading hub for technology-led innovation, with more than 900 applications from international InsurTechs to join the Lab in its first two years. Successful companies join the Lab for a ten-week programme, where they work with insurers in the Lloyd’s market to develop and test their ideas, using the expertise and experience of their mentors to add value to the Lloyd’s market.

Since the launch of the Future at Lloyd’s strategy, the Lab has expanded to promote greater collaboration between Lloyd’s expert underwriters and brokers, customers and capital providers.

About Lloyd’s

Lloyd’s is the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace. Through the collective intelligence and risk-sharing expertise of the market’s underwriters and brokers, Lloyd’s helps to create a braver world. The Lloyd’s market provides the leadership and insight to anticipate and understand risk, and the knowledge to develop relevant, new and innovative forms of insurance for customers globally. It offers the efficiencies of shared resources and services in a marketplace that covers and shares risks from more than 200 territories, in any industry, at any scale. And it promises a trusted, enduring partnership built on the confidence that Lloyd’s protects what matters most: helping people, businesses and communities to recover in times of need. Lloyd’s began with a few courageous entrepreneurs in a coffeeshop. Three centuries later, the Lloyd’s market continues that proud tradition, sharing risk in order to protect, build resilience and inspire courage everywhere. For more information, visit www.lloyds.com.

SOURCE: Blink Innovation via Fuller Marketing

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