FloodFlash raises $15m Series A

TL:DR

  • FloodFlash raises $15m Series A led by Buoyant Ventures alongside Munich Re Ventures, Insurtech Gateway and other Global investors.
  • Funding to capitalise international growth as company targets $58bn flood underinsurance problem.
  • Target markets include the US, Germany, Australia, and Japan.

 

Addressing flood risk for communities facing climate change

FloodFlash, the parametric insurance technology company that pays catastrophic flood claims within 48 hours, today announced a Series A raise of $15m. The round was led by Chicago-based Buoyant Ventures with San Francisco-based fund Munich Re Ventures also featuring as an investor. Sony Financial Ventures/Global Brain (Tokyo), MS&AD Ventures (San Francisco) and PropTech1 (Berlin) all participated in the round alongside existing investors Pentech, Local Globe and Insurtech Gateway.

The investment comes three months after FloodFlash announced a new insurance capacity partnership with Munich Re, one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, primary insurance and insurance-related risk solutions. FloodFlash plans to use the investment and capacity to fuel international expansion and begin closing the $58bn flood protection gap. Target markets include the US, Germany, Australia, and Japan.

The US represents the biggest opportunity. According to NOAA, inland flooding alone caused more than $151bn in damages across the US in the last 40 years. Despite the prevalence of flood risk in America, only 5% to 15% of homeowners, and fewer than 5% of small to mid-size businesses, carry flood insurance. This represents a massive opportunity for FloodFlash, who have already made an impact on the UK flood underinsurance problem.

Since launching in 2019, FloodFlash has established a track record for combatting extreme weather losses. Their unique coverage combines computer models, cloud software and connected technology to provide flood cover to those the insurance industry has left behind.

Aside from broader availability, a key advantage to the coverage is how simple it is. Customers choose a depth and payout amount for their policy. When flooding reaches the depth selected, the insurance pays out, typically within 48 hours. During Storm Christoph in January 2021 FloodFlash paid a client in full 9 hours and 44 minutes, setting a record for catastrophic flood claim payment.

“We are proud of supporting FloodFlash from the very beginning.” Said Robert Lumley, Co-Founder at Insurtech Gateway. “Seeing real claims being paid in record time, saving livelihoods, shows that FloodFlash works. We can’t wait to see their product launch in new markets across the Globe.”

Adam Rimmer, CEO at FloodFlash

“This investment is an endorsement of our parametric cover and how we’re using it to solve real-world issues. The group of investors for the round couldn’t be better tailored to supporting our efforts in solving the issues around underinsurance in the face of climate change.”

 

Amy Francetic, partner at Buoyant Ventures

“Real solutions are needed to address flood risk in the communities on the front lines of climate change. We are thrilled to lead this first-class syndicate of investors and believe strongly that the FloodFlash team is well positioned for global expansion and success.”

 

Ben Bergsma, Investment Principal at Munich Re Ventures

“Parametric insurance is finally having its moment in insurtech and we believe the FloodFlash approach will appeal to hundreds of thousands of companies in the US and beyond. Successfully writing natural catastrophe parametric insurance is no simple task. FloodFlash’s holistic solution, which includes sophisticated building-level underwriting and monitoring as well as an intuitive cloud platform for brokers and agents, is a game changer for the industry.”

 

Nikolas Samios, Managing Partner at PropTech1 Ventures

“Constantly increasing climate-change induced risks are the dirty secret of the real estate industry. Everybody has them in their portfolio and regulation is getting tighter as we speak. Assessing these risks is therefore crucial for the build environment. FloodFlash has managed to develop a fast-growing business from that exact challenge. We are very excited to join the international consortium of investors and contribute the PropTech angle.”

 

Naoki Kamimaeda, Partner at Global Brain

“We have witnessed more severe catastrophic disasters all over the world in recent years, made worse by climate change. The difficulty in estimating the damage caused by these disasters means that current insurance options are ineffective, unaffordable or full of uncertainty. FloodFlash has developed a unique parametric insurance product that serves the insurance needs of those most at risk. The FloodFlash approach is not only applicable in Europe and US but will be equally effective in Japan and Asia. We are very excited to join a group of global investors tacking climate change and look forward to helping FloodFlash to launch in Japan and Asia.”

 

Jon Soberg, Managing Partner at MS&AD Ventures

“We are very impressed by the FloodFlash team and their strong execution. We believe this team has the DNA and the vision to really make a positive impact addressing climate-related risks. We are very excited to be part of their journey.”

 

Eddie Anderson, Partner at returning investor Pentech Ventures

“An increasing number of businesses globally are at risk of flooding due to climate change. The vast majority of these businesses are unable to get insurance to give piece of mind should the worst happen. FloodFlash’s parametric approach is the solution to the billions of uninsured flood losses that occur each year. It is a privilege to be part of the FloodFlash journey as they provide that peace of mind to companies large and small.”

 

Remus Brett, General Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude

“Small and medium sized businesses have for too long been treated poorly by insurers but FloodFlash is reversing that legacy with a product and service that is world class. The London insurtech now has the backing of global investors to help it attack this huge market opportunity and we are excited about what can now be achieved, both in giving small business owners peace of mind and in building a truly disruptive insurance company.”