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Exclusive: Data and analytics insurtech Vellum Insurance raises $7 million

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Oct 10, 2023

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Vellum Insurance, which provides a data and analytics platform for the insurance and reinsurance industry, has raised a $7 million seed round led by Acrew Capital, the company tells Axios exclusively.

Why it matters: The insurance industry needs a better understanding of data to operate in a rapidly changing risk landscape.

How it works: Vellum's platform uses AI to automatically ingest, validate and aggregate data generated by managing general agents (MGAs) and reinsurance transactions.

  • It also provides an intelligence layer to enable real-time risk monitoring, actuarial and underwriting analytics, and financial reporting for reinsurers and carriers.

The big picture: The insurance industry is struggling to adapt to an evolving risk landscape, says Vellum CEO Julianna Muir.

  • "We have increasing weather events — hurricanes, floods and wildfires —and all of these will require innovation in order for the insurance industry to provide the right coverage for risks going forward," she says.
  • Not being able to price risk correctly can lead to preventable losses and in some cases, carriers being forced to exit unprofitable markets.

Yes, but: Carriers and reinsurers are not taking advantage of data they have to better determine how to profitably operate in that changing environment.

  • "Insurance is a world where we always look backward. We have to understand what claims happened... and it takes a very long time to understand what the ultimate profitability of a portfolio would be," Muir says.
  • Vellum hopes to improve transparency and risk management by giving carriers and reinsurers leading indicators to monitor the performance of their portfolios in real-time

Of note: Muir spent the previous two decades working in various parts of the insurance and reinsurance industries before founding Vellum, most recently serving as COO at SMB-focused insurtech Attune.

  • Flourish Ventures, Fin Capital, Vera Equity, Endurance and 1 Sharpe Ventures also participated in the seed round.
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