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What and who is behind
InsurLab Germany?

The InsurLab Germany at a glance

Insurance companies and corporates meet Insurtechs

InsurLab Germany is the networking platform connecting insurance companies, science and public institutions with startups, developing digital products and services for the ecosystem. We are a think tank for innovation and digitization of the German insurance industry.

Our aim is to provide insurance companies and corporates easy and direct access to national and international startups, and to actively support them in planning and implementing cooperation projects to transform and digitise the German insurance industry in the long term. Through events, workshops, an accelerator program, a co-working space, and match-making, InsurLab Germany connects established insurers with innovative founders and offers a space to create, grow, and develop.

Founded in 2017 by the City of Cologne, the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the University of Cologne, the Cologne Technical University and established insurance companies and startups, we have grown to become Germany’s largest insurance industry initiative within a year.

DE:HUB INITIATIVE

InsurLab Germany is an official InsurTech Hub

As one of twelve hubs in Germany, InsurLab Germany is part of the “de:hub” digital hub initiative set up by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and is the official competence location for Germany’s InsurTech scene.

 

Our offer

Individual Match-Making

We support our member companies and startups with their own individual networking needs with potential partners. Whether there is a concrete project or just an idea, we help find the right partners for every project and company.

Events

Our wide range of events bring insurers, corporates, students, and startups together, providing inspiration and bringing our community to life. Our events focus on the development, discussion, generation, and project promotion.

Campus

Located in Cologne, the InsurLab Germany Campus offers a first-class co-working space dedicated exclusively to startups, insurance companies’ digital departments and corporate members. With accessible prices and flexible, modern spaces, campus offers all tenants exclusive access to potential customers and project partners.

Accelerator Program

Giving founders the space to grow and develop projects and PoCs, our project-oriented accelerator program is a unique opportunity for startups. Each cohort is exposed to experts, senior managers, and decision makers from insurance companies and corporations with a customized program.

Meet the team

Sebastian Pitzler
Managing Director
Sebastian is Managing Director of InsurLab Germany since March 2018. Previously, he was head of the ERGO Digital Lab in Berlin and was responsible for setting up and expanding this innovation laboratory in the Berlin start-up scene.
+49 221 986 52 910 sebastian.pitzler@insurlab-germany.com
Bianca Finkel
Spezialistin für Marketing, Kommunikation & Events
Bianca is the main contact for the organisation of events as well as internal and external corporate communications.
+49 221 986 52 920 bianca.finkel@insurlab-germany.com
Herbert Jansky
NetworkManager Insurance & Corporates
As Network Manager Insurance & Corporates, Herbert is the first point of contact for our members and networks them with potential project partners.
+49 221 986 52 920 herbert.jansky@insurlab-germany.com
Nia Escobar
Network Manager Startups
Nia knows the InsurTech scene inside out and supports the startups in their search for potential customers and project partners. She is also responsible for the accelerator program.
+49 221 986 52 920 nia.escobar@insurlab-germany.com
Ilka Lütz-Walzog
Backoffice Manager
On the one hand Ilka is the back office manager, on the other hand she was in charge of the campus development and still takes over the campus management as well as the responsibility for the working students.
+49 221 986 52 910 Ilka.luetz-walzog@insurlab-germany.com

Board

InsurLab Germany is headed by an eight-member board of directors consisting of experts from the German insurance industry.

Dr. Mathias Bühring-Uhle | CEO
executive board Gothaer Versicherung

Dr. Walter Botermann | Schatzmeister
former CEO der Alte Leipziger-Hallesche

Ulrich Pasdika| Deputy CEO
chief representative der Gen Re

Dr. Arne Barinka
executive board IDEAL Versicherung

Dr. Lothar Horbach
executive board  RheinLand Versicherung

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oletzky
Professor der TH Köln

Carlo Bewersdorf
executive board  Hannoversche Lebensversicherung

Helmut Söhler
former chief representative SCOR Global
P&C Deutschland

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board acted as a task force when InsurLab Germany was founded and is responsible for the structure and character of the initiative. To this day, they are an important part of InsurLab Germany and actively contribute to the success of the association.

Roland Berger
 former Head of Media and Internet Economy Department der Stadt Köln

Henning Frommer
Gothaer Finanzholding AG

Alexander Hoeckle
Managing Director International & Unternehmensförderung der IHK Köln

Dr. Rainer Minz
rectorate commissioner für Alumni, Fundraising & Transfer der Universität zu Köln

Sten Nahrgang
Founder and CFO der mailo AG

Stefan Riedel
Vice President Insurance Europe bei der IBM Deutschland GmbH 

Frank Risse
Head of Startup Unit der Stadt Köln

Dr. Gunther Schwarz
Advisory Partner bei Bain & Company Germany Inc.

Dr. Andrea van Aubel
independent consultant für IT, Digitalisierung und kultureller Wandel

Rudolf van Megen
Co-Founder und Partner der Digitisation GmbH

Prof. Dr. Michaele Völler
Professorin der TH Köln