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Our vision

AXIS Digital Ventures is a global division within AXIS Capital which actively seeks investment and partnership opportunities in InsurTech and other digital technologies supporting the (re)insurance marketplace with one single goal in mind: 

 

To bring the (re)insurance industry into the digital era.

 

Our vision isn’t to just write (re)insurance more efficiently. It is to partner with ambitious entrepreneurs and innovators to nurture and develop advanced tools and platforms that will enable AXIS to become a next generation specialty insurer and global reinsurer by embedding innovation and data analytics in its DNA.

 

By embracing change strategically and methodologically, we hope to work with world-class innovators and fast-track AXIS' digital capabilities. 

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About AXIS Digital Ventures

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We are curious about many things

Our appetite for nurturing groundbreaking solutions is deliberately focused on: 

 

• Product development

• New distribution channels

• Enhanced risk assessment

• Operational efficiency

• Emerging risks and new (re)insurance
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• IoT (Internet of Things)

• Cybersecurity 

• Enterprise 2.0

 

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Strategically ambitious 

At AXIS Digital Ventures, our ambition is to create deep strategic and financial partnerships with best-in-class emerging technology entrepreneurs to help them build next-generation digital solutions—both in InsurTech and beyond—at impact and scale.

 

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Dedicated to moving risk forward

With the (re)insurance landscape becoming more complex and changing more rapidly than ever before, we are committed to becoming leaders of this risk management transformation.

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Adding value with deep (re)insurance expertise

The experience AXIS Capital brings to the table as a well-respected specialty insurer and global reinsurer gives us the unique advantage to ensure that these innovations are truly relevant to the insurance and reinsurance industries. 

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Transforming risk management to create value

Driving the risk management transformation forward will allow AXIS to evolve into a technology-driven enterprise with digital innovation in its DNA—and free us to make decisions that are as valuable to our clients as they are to our bottom line.

Partner with us and we’ll help advance your vision

We leverage deep industry knowledge, C-suite relationships and global scale to move your innovations forward.

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We're looking for the next big thing

We seek partnerships with companies that are closely aligned with our business and investment strategies.


We’re looking for entrepreneurs ready to disrupt the commercial (re)insurance value chain through innovative applications of technology. And by taking full advantage of our deep of (re)insurance expertise, we’re able to identify potential partnerships and opportunities that can help us advance our business.


Conducting rigorous financial, legal and technical due diligence, we ensure each company we partner with is best-in-category and steered by seasoned, passionate and resilient management. When we find the right match, our (re)insurance expertise combined with our partner’s technical innovations creates tremendous opportunities for growth.

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Strategic partnership

We search for partners that will help AXIS enhance our business, operational and distribution efficiency across our entire organization. 

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Investment strategy 

We leverage deep industry knowledge, C-suite relationships and global scale to help take our portfolio companies to the next level.

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Stages and Rounds

We invest in early-stage companies, typically in the series A and B rounds; however, we are opportunistic in both size and structure of investment. 

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Geographical Reach

Since our business footprint is global, so is our investment focus.

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Thematic focus

Our appetite is primarily for InsurTechs and adjacent technologies that can help position AXIS as an emerging leader in the new digital era—both financially and strategically. By creating strongly aligned partnerships, we believe there is great growth potential for both AXIS and our partners.

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Investment size

$1 million – $5 million initial check size.

Our partners

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Bold Penguin

 

Where technology meets the human touch in commercial insurance.

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An online healthcare company focused on improving how consumers shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage.

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Pivot Health

Leading D2C provider of specialty health insurance.

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Meet our investment team

Felipe Jaramillo 

Associate – AXIS Digital Ventures

Felipe Jaramillo joined AXIS in November 2018. He is an Associate at AXIS Digital Ventures (ADV), focused on accelerating AXIS Capital's efforts to leverage InsurTech & FinTech globally through equity investments and partnerships. He has also served as a Senior Analyst for ADV. Prior to joining AXIS, Mr. Jaramillo was a Consultant at Kepler Cannon, focused on financial services for Fortune Global 500 companies. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Government from Dartmouth College.

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Zach Powell

Managing Director – AXIS Digital Ventures

Zach Powell has served as the Managing Director for AXIS Digital Ventures (ADV), the partnership and strategic venture arm of AXIS Capital, since 2018. Before ADV, Mr. Powell was a director in the Company’s Corporate Development division and focused on strategic investment and M&A in the insurance sector. Prior to joining AXIS in June 2016, Mr. Powell was a Vice President at Swiss Re’s Principal Investments group, focused on private equity investing in the financial services sector throughout North and South America. Mr. Powell started his career in investment banking, advising insurance companies on capital raising and M&A. He holds a degree in Finance from Santa Clara University.

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Meet our investment committee

Erick Gesick

Group Chief Underwriting Officer

Eric Gesick was appointed Group Chief Underwriting Officer in January 2018. From January 2015 through 2017, he was AXIS Chief Risk and Actuarial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Gesick led the Company's actuarial function and oversaw all pricing and reserving activities. Mr. Gesick has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry in the U.S., Bermuda and European markets, including actuarial, underwriting and operational roles. Prior to joining AXIS in October 2012, he served as Chief Actuarial Officer for PartnerRe. Mr. Gesick is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the Academy of Actuaries. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation.

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Linda Ventresca

Chief Strategy Officer

Linda Ventresca is responsible for guiding the development of AXIS Capital's strategic priorities and for driving the delivery of those priorities across the organization. She also leads the Company's enterprise-wide transformation program, positioning AXIS to capitalize on the changes reshaping the insurance marketplace, and the Company's corporate development and corporate communications teams report in to her. Ms. Ventresca, who joined AXIS in January 2003, has held numerous leadership roles within the organization including Head of Corporate Development and Head of Investor Relations. Prior to joining AXIS, Ms. Ventresca was an investment associate at MMC Capital, Inc., where she worked extensively with AXIS as a portfolio company of the Trident II fund. Previously, she had been a member of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin Jenrette and UBS Securities, LLC. Ms. Ventresca holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Peter Vogt

CFO

Peter Vogt was appointed Chief Financial Officer of AXIS Capital in January 2018. He previously served as the Company's Deputy CFO and was also Chief Operating Officer of AXIS Insurance from 2013 to June 2017. Mr. Vogt joined AXIS in 2010 as CFO and COO of the Company's Accident & Health business unit. Prior to AXIS, Mr. Vogt served as CFO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also held the CFO role at CIGNA's Group Insurance business. Mr. Vogt started his career at Hartford Life Insurance Company where, over nearly 14 years, he held a series of actuarial roles and eventually led sales, marketing and product development for its corporate retirement business. Mr. Vogt holds a BBA in Actuarial Science from Temple University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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Albert A. Benchimol

President and CEO

Albert A. Benchimol was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited in May 2012 and has served as a director since January 2012. Mr. Benchimol joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PartnerRe Ltd. from April 2000 through September 2010, and Chief Executive Officer of PartnerRe Ltd.'s Capital Markets Group business unit from June 2007 through September 2010. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Benchimol was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. for 11 years and was previously with the Bank of Montreal from 1982 to 1989.  In January 2019, Mr. Benchimol assumed the role as Chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, after serving as Vice-Chair from 2017 through 2018, and in February 2019, he was appointed as an External Member of the Council of Lloyd's.

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