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INSURANCE DISRUPTOR DIGITAL RISKS RAISES $10.4M IN SERIES A FUNDING TO REVOLUTIONISE THE WAY SMES CAN ACCESS BUSINESS INSURANCE

Digital Risks
  • Digital Risks is ripping up the insurance rulebook; offering flexible and affordable, highly customisable SME insurance as a monthly subscription, to protect them against everyday and emerging risks
  • The funding will be used to drive business growth and further innovation to better serve the neglected SME market 
  • The investment comes during a period of fast-growth for the insurtech

Digital Risks has today announced that it has raised a further $10.4m in a Series A funding round. The insurtech offers industry leading, flexible, customisable subscription based insurance cover that’s designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, and the new and emerging threats they face.

The investment was led by BHL Holdings, a worldwide group with a strong reputation for insurance innovation and owner of popular comparison website Compare the Market. Nire Capital also participated in the round, alongside existing investors Concentric, Beazley and Seedcamp.

The new funding comes during a highly successful period for the London based start-up, which is growing by 25% month on month and set to triple its headcount by the end of the year. The business has also struck a number of high profile partnerships in recent months with well known SME focused brands including Starling, Revolut and Appear Here.

Today’s investment announcement shows significant market confidence in Digital Risks, and will be used to further develop its technology and drive expansion over the next 12-18 months. With the UK insurance industry the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, and with 5.7million small and medium-sized UK digital businesses operating in the UK, Digital Risks is well placed to meet its target of growing ten-fold over the same period.

Digital Risks is one of the only digital-first insurance providers for SMEs, enabling customers to generate quotes, and set-up their cover in minutes, all tailored to their specific requirements and served in real-time. The insurtech has made a name for itself by providing highly personalised, subscription based cover which is more relevant for today’s SMEs, start-ups and freelancers.

With digital-first businesses looking for tailored, flexible support, but not at a cost, bringing this personalisation to the insurance sector has proven to be a game changer. Digital Risks offers the largest range of insurance products you can buy online, including professional indemnity, cyber insurance, management liability and medical malpractice. 

 

Cameron Shearer, CEO and co-founder of Digital Risks, said: “The SME sector as a whole is highly fragmented. Business owners and decision makers across a vast range of industries all have different needs and different motivations. The traditional players’ propositions take a generalist approach to their products and user experience. As a result millions of SMEs in the UK and across Europe are neglected and underserved. They are either paying too much for their policies, or not being protected against the modern risks they face.

“We’re challenging this status quo head on, modernising business insurance for the better, and building a brand that businesses want to advocate. Our approach looks at every insurance cover from a new perspective. Rather than asking what risks we’re willing to cover, we ask what businesses need and then find the solution.

“Through our unique mix of technology and underwriting, we’ve created an online destination that meets all insurance requirements for SMEs, protecting entrepreneurs, freelancers and established businesses against emerging issues and technologies, without forcing them into lengthy and expensive contracts. This investment will help drive further development to our product offering and increase market penetration, driving growth into new markets at home.”

 

Ian Leech CFO at BHL adds: “We’re living in the age of the disrupter. Across every industry new tech-led businesses are changing attitudes and processes for the better. In the insurance sector, a market deeply ingrained with traditional ways of working and thinking, it’s Digital Risks that is leading this charge. Offering flexible, bespoke cover to SMEs faster than ever before.

“An extremely exciting business in its field, Digital Risks is looking to continue its rapid growth across the UKt. This investment will help support the business to achieve this goal”

 

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STOP THE CONFUSION: HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BUSINESS MAY BE INSURED AGAINST COVID-19

By Alex Balcombe, Partner at Harris Balcombe

 

The last few weeks has seen businesses in hospitality, tourism, retail, leisure and more forced to close their doors following the Government’s orders that they should close to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While this is expected to flatten the curve and reduce the number of coronavirus cases, it will of course have an impact on businesses and employees alike.  For small businesses especially, there are many concerns about how they can claim on their insurance to weigh the fall of this impact.

 

Mixed Messaging

In response to calls to help struggling businesses, the Government has informed the public that companies who are facing turmoil will be able to claim on their business interruption insurance during this difficult time. For most, this is wrong.

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The insurance industry has also been extremely vocal that there is no cover for any coronavirus-hit businesses during this tough financial period. This isn’t strictly true either.

How can businesses see through the mixed messaging and best secure their future and their livelihoods and reduce money worries? It’s an extremely stressful time for many companies, and confusion over whether or not they can be covered can only cause more unnecessary stress.

Since it’s a new disease, most businesses will not be covered for business interruption due to COVID-19. In fact, the vast majority of policies do not cover anything related to COVID-19.

That said –  don’t rule out the idea that you may be covered. There is a chance that you will be covered against COVID-19, but not know it. This is a very small chance, but your current cover may already protect your business against the consequences of coronavirus, and the nationwide response to it –  though those with this cover are unlikely to realise it.

 

How Could I Be Covered?

Not everyone has business interruption insurance, as it’s not a legal requirement. It is entirely up to the policy holder to weigh up the benefits of having it, and their ability to trade should a disaster happen.

To be considered for cover for COVID-19, there are two types of policy extensions to your business interruption cover that can potentially cover you for this situation:

Infectious Disease Extension 

Many policies expressly state which diseases fall within the realm of being an infectious or notifiable disease. If this is the case, your policy will not provide cover. As it is a new disease, these policies will not have included COVID-19.

Other infectious disease extension policies will define the disease with reference to the actions of the government. Since the UK Government has named COVID-19 as a notifiable disease throughout the UK, it is possible that your business may fall into this definition, thus meaning you may be able to make a claim.

However, again, it’s not always that simple. Many policies require the disease to have been on your premises, while others specify a radius from your premises in order to qualify.

 

Denial of Access Extension (non-damage)

Denial of Access Extension (non-damage) policies may cover you if you’re prevented from accessing your property. This could be due to an event, or by the actions of a competent authority, which could cause your business interruption cover to engage.

If covered by this clause, there are often very subtle differences in wording in your policy. This could depend on the insurer or policy. You may well be covered, but it will depend on your particular circumstances, and the specific policy wording.

 

What now?

It’s clear that the Government needs to do more in ensuring there is clear messaging for businesses, and to help the insurance market look after policy holders. This is an unprecedented situation, and with many people looking to claim on their insurance, we’re already seeing major delays which could have a domino impact.

People throughout the world are understandably facing all kinds of worries because of the current pandemic. Our ways of living have changed, and many business owners will not have experienced a situation like this in their life times. If you own a business and are unsure about whether you can claim for business interruption, or are confused about ambiguous wording, get in touch with a loss assessor.

These claims are not simple, but loss assessors will be experts in business interruption insurance, and will specialise in large and complex claims. They will be able to help and guide you along the way, check your wording and work on your behalf to make sure you get everything you are entitled to.

 

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN LEARN TO TRADE RISK-FREE DURING THE COVID-19 MARKET CRASH

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Trading app BullBear has launched new features to support budding investors looking to hone their skills against the backdrop of the COVID-19 stock market plunge. The risk-free financial game aims to empower the next generation of investors to learn how to trade stocks and shares by playing with dummy chips as opposed to real money. The app updates come as investors pull back from a volatile stock market rocked by the coronavirus outbreak.

 

At a time when some fresher investors are experiencing their first-ever stock market crash and seasoned investors are reluctant to invest new capital in the market, BullBear is empowering a whole new cohort of traders by teaching them how to trade effectively at no risk.

 

App users can engage in both short-term and long-term trading games using real-time market data from popular stocks enabling them to build investing confidence, making the app both engaging and educative.

 

With over 35,000 downloads, the app provides a free, fun way for thousands to learn how trading works by offering a practice arena in which trades take place and where no real money can be lost. Users can also enter into duals and competitions with other players. Whilst the app incorporates dummy chips to invest with, players can still redeem prizes by winning ‘bulls’ when they rank high in games. These bulls can be used to redeem rewards, such as gift cards from retailers like Amazon, Apple, Google Play and Netflix, at the in-app store.

 

Co-founder of the BullBear app, Anurag Saboo, stated

 

“I realised just how lacking the support for young investors was when my cofounder and I wanted to invest some money in stocks whilst at university. We had no idea where to start and so spent a couple of months trying to find a platform through which we could learn the basics before we risked any cash. But it simply didn’t exist. The resources that did were dull and theoretical. Paper trading can be very boring, and no-commission trading helps only if you make money out of your portfolio. Social methods of learning can help, for example, Etoro’s copy trades, but they still don’t let investors explore the markets themselves before putting money down. Combine this with the fact that only a small percentage of young investors make money through the market, and others end up staying away or are pushed away through losses, we decided to launch BullBear to offer a free, fun alternative.”

 

During a time of crisis accompanied by a turbulent stock market, the BullBear app provides a fail-proof way for budding investors to develop their trading knowledge, helping them to make more informed investments.

 

The BullBear app is available to download now on Google Play and the App Store.

 

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