Bestow Raises $15 Million in Series A Financing
DALLAS, May 21, 2018
Bestow Inc., the company expanding insurability and democratizing access to consumer life insurance, today announced it closed $15 million in Series A funding, led by Valar Ventures, with participation from existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Core Innovation Capital, 8VC, and Morpheus Ventures. This closing brings Bestow’s total financing to more than $18 million to-date.
Today, less than 44% of households have individual life insurance, yet 85% of consumers recognize the need for it. Bestow focuses on activating this consumer demand with a full stack approach that introduces consumers to modern life insurance products that can give millions of uncovered Americans affordable coverage, all delivered in a fully digital experience. Powered by a proprietary algorithmic underwriting engine, Bestow leverages predictive analytics to instantly determine risk and give consumers immediate access to comprehensive life insurance solutions, without any of the traditional challenges of working with an agent, lengthy applications, or medical exams.
The funding, which is one of the largest Series A financing rounds in Texas this year, comes ahead of the company’s national launch and aggressive growth trajectory.
“It’s clear there is a gap for consumers between the demand for life insurance protection and their ability to navigate the friction typically involved in getting covered,” said Melbourne O’Banion, CEO of Bestow. “We’ve built an entirely new model, essentially eliminating many of the principal pain points associated with researching and buying life insurance. Using advanced technology, we’ve developed an affordable, quick, and easy-to-use solution that allows people to obtain coverage in a matter of minutes without having to talk to an agent or get a medical exam.”
“Bestow is reshaping the life insurance process by bringing much needed innovation to one of the most regulated and stationary industries in existence,” said Andrew McCormack, a General Partner at Valar Ventures. “Using data and technology to turn a frustrating process into a seamless user experience, Bestow is breaking down the barriers for obtaining financial protection. We’re proud to be part of the team that is working to improve the lives of millions of American families, and shaking up a massive industry.”
Bestow is backed by two of the most trusted names in the insurance industry, both of which are rated A+(Superior) by A.M. Best. Bestow is currently live in Texas and Utah and will be nationwide this year.
Bestow is making life insurance a reality for millions of currently uncovered Americans. Powered by a first-of-its-kind digital experience and algorithmic underwriting, Bestow is delivering new, consumer life insurance products that are affordable, A+ rated, and available instantly with no medical exam.
About Valar Ventures
Valar invests in high-margin, fast-growing technology companies that are pursuing huge market opportunities. Based in New York City, Valar was founded by James Fitzgerald, Andrew McCormack and Peter Thiel with a focus on the increasing number of transformative technology companies that are being started outside of Silicon Valley.