Allianz invests in insurtech Lemonade

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Allianz SE has agreed to become a stakeholder in AI-powered insurtech company Lemonade, with a promise to quickly expand the carrier’s worldwide market reach.

The investment follows three funding rounds totaling $60 million for the high-profiled startup since December 2015. No details of the deal were disclosed.

"We follow the insurtech space closely and globally, and have seen nothing to match Lemonade in terms of technology, user experience and business model innovation,” said Solmaz Altin, Allianz’s chief digital officer, in a statement.

Like many carriers, Allianz is on the hunt for the next big thing in insurance technology. Its insurtech unit, Allianz X, is tasked with finding startups that can transform the digital experience of its customers. The German insurer now joins General Catalyst, Tusk Ventures, XL Innovate, among others, as minority stakeholders in Lemonade, which launched in New York last year but plans to be in almost all U.S. states by the end of 2017. It was approved to operate in Illinois earlier this month.

"Allianz is rightly regarded as one of the most forward thinking companies in our industry," said Daniel Schreiber, cofounder and CEO of Lemonade. "Despite their unparalleled reach and resources, Allianz has no competitive business with Lemonade, and we look forward to deepening our relationship with them in the years to come."

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