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Bought By Many announces £15m Series B Round

Bought By Many, an insurance technology company, has now closed a £15m Series B funding round.

The round was led by CommerzVentures, the corporate venture capital arm of Germany’s Commerzbank, with Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, also participating.

Follow-on investment comes from existing Bought By Many backers, including Munich Re/HSB Ventures, Octopus Ventures, and angel investors such as Evelyn Bourke and Crispin Odey.

CommerzVentures’ Paul Morgenthaler joins the board of Bought By Many, to support the company with its next stage of growth – driven by this funding. As well as enabling Bought By Many to develop new products, the investment will also allow it to launch in new territories in the coming year.

“In Bought By Many, we see a company pushing the boundaries of traditional insurance”, Morgenthaler said. “Redefining products and processes entirely from a customer perspective, Bought By Many has built a very fast-growing, enthusiastic membership base. We are thrilled to be part of Bought By Many’s journey, as it replicates its success story in international markets and with new product lines.”

This investment follows Series A funding of £7.5m in October 2016. Since then, Bought By Many has launched a number of innovative insurance products – including its own pet insurance and travel insurance for people with serious medical conditions, underlining its commitment to making the insurance industry better for customers.

Bought By Many’s CEO, Steven Mendel, commented: “Bought By Many is proving it’s possible to create better insurance using data and a focus on customer experience. Since we launched our unique pet insurance last year, more than 32,000 people have bought a pet policy. We’re growing at speed and this latest funding round will support the development of new insurance products and technology. I’d like to welcome Paul Morgenthaler to the board, his experience will be an asset as we continue to build the business.”

Bought By Many recorded £20m of premium income in the financial year ending 31 March 2018, double the gross written premium of  the previous year, and now has over 500,000 members and 90 employees across sites in London and Haywards Heath in Sussex. It recently welcomed John Pearson, Virgin Radio co-founder and former chairman at Shazam, as chairman – to support the senior management team as they continue to grow the business.

The news highlights the ongoing strength of the insurtech sector, which saw record investment of $2.3bn in 2017, according to CB Insights data.

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