War Stories Working with InsurTech Startup

War Stories Working with InsurTech Startup

Working with InsurTech startups has quickly become the mantra of insurance innovation leaders and forward-thinking business units. However, it goes without saying – how do you do it?

To overcome these hurdles, carriers and brokers often have to develop creative workarounds to be “startup-friendly.” The traditional bridge has been for an innovation group to manage a proof of concept or POC to introduce the startup into the organization. This POC process fails more than 75% of the time.

Hear war stories from InsurTechs and insurance carriers with experience working on these projects. The program will feature two panels. One panel will share stories from the startup perspective and one will have stories from the corporate perspective. Panelists from insurers and InsurTechs will discuss how to make it through the process and what happens after a successful POC.


(Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served)

  • 5:30 pm – Registration and Networking
  • 6:20 pm – Opening Announcements
  • 6:30 pm – Panel 1 Starts
  • 7:00 pm – Break & Networking
  • 7:15 pm – Panel 2 Starts
  • 7:45 pm – Wrap-up and Networking


We are pulling together a cast of technologists and founders that have been in the trenches and been through the entire process. More great panelists to be announced.

Panel 1: Magic formula for Proof of Concepts

Dawn LeBlanc – Managing Director, Hartford InsurTech Hub powered by Startupbootcamp

Connecting the expertise of leading insurers, investors and mentors to innovative startups important to the insurance marketplace.

Zander Steele – Director of Enterprise Sales at HyperScience

Technical sales leader and engineer. Transforming insurance document processing using machine learning. Zander is responsible for all POC efforts.

Olek Shestakov – CEO and Chairman of Livegenic

Founder of claims platform used in four continents with 20+ carriers. Featured speaker at Guidewire Connect and SVIA

Panel 2: War Stories Working with Startups

Victor Dan – Director of Strategy at Prudential

Strategy, and M&A expert. As part of strategic initiatives group of Prudential’s Individual Solutions Group, Victor oversaw the $2.35B acquisition of Assurance IQ.

Megan Protas – Director of New York Life Ventures

Responsible for sourcing emerging startup technologies to business units as part New York life venture team, which has made 40+ investments and 100+ POCs since 2012.

Daren Moreira – Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Experienced regulatory and M&A attorney. Daren advises P&C and life insurance clients on regulatory compliance, insurance and reinsurance transactions and corporate governance.

Brian Gilman – VP of Solutions Marketing

Global Marketing executive responsible for the go-to-market vision and strategy for the Vonage Business portfolio.

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December 5, 2019

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location :

Barclays Rise New York, 43 W 23rd St, New York

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