" class="no-js "lang="en-US"> UK insurtech Superscript scoops £45m in Series B to transform SME insurance
Wednesday, February 08, 2023
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UK insurtech Superscript scoops £45m in Series B to transform SME insurance

UK-based insurtech Superscript, a digital-first insurance provider to small businesses and high-growth tech companies, has completed a £45 million ($54m USD) Series B funding round.

The round was led by existing investor BHL UK, owner of Comparethemarket, with participation from new investor and Fortune 500 insurer The Hartford. Other existing investors, including Concentric, also participated.

Superscript covers both simple and complex risks through a highly personalised experience and deep level of customer engagement. This is enabled through its proprietary triaging technology and unique multi-carrier model, which gives it access to insurer capacity across broad markets and regions. Modern businesses with complex risks get bespoke coverage through the advisory and broking service, known as SuperscriptQ. Whereas, less complex businesses can get covered in a matter of minutes through the online platform.

Superscript has seen strong growth since its Series A, delivering more than a fivefold increase in its customers base and securing major partners such as Amazon Business and Virgin Money Bank. It became the first UK insurtech to land a Lloyd’s of London broker licence in 2020, and launched the first Lloyd’s-backed product for digital asset businesses last year. Superscript also opened an office in Rotterdam to support growth plans across Europe.

The funding will be used to further develop Superscript’s underwriting and broking capabilities, enhanced by machine learning; as well as to grow its range of dynamic insurance products and services for international distribution. There will also be a focus on building upon its existing embedded partnership capabilities.

Cameron Shearer, CEO and co-founder of Superscript, said: “In the context of a challenging macroeconomic environment and shift in global investor appetites, this funding round represents a huge vote of confidence in what we’re building at Superscript. The flexibility, customisation and affordability we offer puts us in a unique position to meet the insurance requirements of small businesses during turbulent times, as they navigate economic challenges this year.

“Our investors’ international presence will help support us with growth in the future, as we continue our mission to be the global leader in SME insurance.”

Ian Leech, CEO of BHL UK, said: “Superscript separates itself from other insurtechs through its unique distribution and underwriting capabilities, powered by proprietary machine-learning technology. We’re very excited to be furthering our investment and look forward to supporting further product developments and international growth.”

Stephanie Bush, head of Small Commercial and Personal Lines at The Hartford, said: “The global small business economy represents a huge, yet untapped, opportunity for the insurance industry. The Hartford’s Small Commercial business is a market leader in the US. Superscript, an emerging leader in small-business insurance in the UK and Europe, shares the belief that ease, accuracy and consistency are necessary components of a winning small-business carrier. Superscript finds that most newly incorporated small businesses’ first insurance touchpoint is online, so its customer-centric approach alongside its machine-learning powered underwriting insights puts it in a strong position to penetrate this market successfully.”

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