Digital Surge is Transforming InsurTech

February 2021 — By John Mathis

The insurance market technology renovation has been underway for decades.  Momentum continues in investment, IPOs and M&A.  Even COVID couldn’t stop one of our client’s drive to acquire a specialized digital engineering consultancy.  We helped facilitate Capco’s acquisition of Neos to help respond to the rising demand in the Insurance world for digital strategy, operations, data and analytics assignments.

We expect the InsurTech market to continue its technology renaissance, driven in part by three forces: 

  1. Compulsory trends in distribution, digitalization and innovation to accelerate growth
  2. Insurers reacting to macro forces and regulatory changes such as the Secure Act and Reg BI
  3. Highly positive correlation between interest rates and development spending by Insurers

In the US, the Insurance market consists of three parts: 1) Property & Casualty; 2) Life & Annuity and 3) Health Insurers.  Collectively, they write more than $2 Trillion in premiums annually.  This attracts more than $100bn in IT spending and another $10bn in ecosystem which includes technology, services, and consulting.  

As an indication of the vitality of this market, in 2020, CB Insights noted more than $7bn was raised in 377 InsurTech funding transactions, an increase of 20% over 2019. 

InsurTech Deals and Investments Over the Past 8 Years

Source: CB Insights, InsurTech 2020 Year in Review

With so much money and growth - It is no surprise the outlook for the technology that empowers the insurance market is very strong.  

McKinsey highlights the 5 drivers of InsurTech activity as follows: 

  1. Reduced costs – Digital and Analytics applied to streamline existing operations
  2. Enhanced customer experience – via the power of Data and AI
  3. Insuring and managing risks – expanding scope across chatbots, robotic process automation, content management systems
  4. Expanding beyond the core market – exploring adjacent markets, including using corporate venture groups to place forward investment bets
  5. Talent war continues – aging agent base, rising system complexities – digital engineers are at a premium

As another indicator of the momentum in Insurance technology and investment, we highlight twelve InsurTech Unicorns, a third of which IPO’d in 2020 alone.

Source: Coverager, HVA estimates

Finally, we look at the assignments our engineering and development friends are challenged with in the Insurance world and it is no wonder McKinsey notes the need for great talent to get all these projects accomplished! 

Source: HVA estimates



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