Allianz’s innovation Lab invites start-ups to reinvent insurance with new Digital Arena platform

Posted on 20.11.2016

Allianz today announces the launch of its Digital Arena innovation platform, a programme that encourages start-ups and entrepreneurs to share and pitch fresh ideas that will reinvent the way insurance is delivered and experienced in Asia.

With the aim of bringing together Allianz commercial teams with high-potential entrepreneurs and start-ups from the digital community, the Digital Arena platform will support Allianz in identifying new ways to meet customer needs along the insurance value chain. The platform aims to pioneer next-generation innovation and solutions in connected health, mobility, insurtech, analytics and cyber security.

Robin Loh, Chief Digital Officer, Allianz Asia Pacific said, “It is important that we are open, committed and have the infrastructure to move fast in insurance, given the fast-changing needs of our customers. This innovation platform supports an exciting interaction with disruptive startups, and also scales our ecosystem with opportunities for growth. With the Digital Arena platform, even very small start-ups can work with and leverage Allianz’s established market presence and commercial expertise across Asia.”

Participating companies and startups will be first reviewed by Allianz’s in-house Asia Lab team before being shortlisted for the programme, after which both parties enjoy the flexibility of exploring collaborative options that include partnerships or investments.

Ideas already developed from the project’s pilot phase include RecomN, a Malaysia-based on-demand portal where customers hire tradespeople for services like home repair and food catering. RecomN’s early exposure on the Digital Arena platform led to a successful partnership with Allianz Malaysia Berhard, with the insurer providing liability coverage for RecomN’s daily online transactions.

This launch follows the unveiling of Allianz’s Asia Lab earlier this year, which underscores Allianz’s firm commitment to its fast-growing markets in this region. Singapore is home to Allianz’s regional head office, from where it services 14 markets across life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance and asset management.

Robin Loh, Chief Digital Officer, Allianz Asia announcing the launch of Digital Arena and insights of Allianz Asia Lab at the Innovation Lab Crawl event of the Singapore Fintech Festival:

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