Sydney’s Honey Insurance secures massive $108m investment from US.

April 16, 2024
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  • Sydney start-up Honey Insurance secures $108 million investment in series A funding round.
  • The company uses AI and smart home sensors to reduce premiums and prevent avoidable insurance claims.

Home insurance disruptor Honey Insurance has successfully obtained a significant $108 million investment in a series A funding round, making it the third-largest funding round for an Australian tech company. The company has been able to gain market share by leveraging artificial intelligence and smart home sensors to lower premiums for customers. Co-founder and CEO Richard Joffe highlighted the challenges faced by the insurance sector due to increasing catastrophes such as bushfires and floods.

Honey Insurance’s innovative approach involves using in-home sensors provided by the company to monitor risks such as water leaks and smoke alarms, offering customers an 8% discount on premiums. By utilizing AI software to assess hazard risks and provide better pricing based on house conditions, Honey aims to make home insurance more affordable and efficient for customers.

The funding for Honey Insurance primarily comes from Gallatin Point Capital, marking the largest series A round in Australian tech history. Despite a sluggish local investment market, Honey’s success in securing funding reflects its growth in customer base and revenue. The company has tripled its staff from 30 to 110 employees in the past year, with a revenue of $40 million and a net promoter score of 92, indicating high customer satisfaction.

Honey Insurance plans to invest a significant portion of the funding in technology research and development to further enhance its innovative solutions. While facing challenges in securing funding from local VC firms, the company has gained support from international investors impressed by its revenue growth and customer-oriented approach. Honey aims to reach a billion-dollar valuation within three years and expand its market share significantly.

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