Insurtech Breeze Raises $10 Million Series A Round
Led by Link Ventures with participation from Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures & Silicon Valley Bank, it's the largest first round of institutional capital ever invested in a Nebraska-based software startup.
OMAHA, Neb., August 10, 2021-- Breeze, the Omaha-based insurtech startup, announced a $10 million Series A round to help advance its mission to protect American families in their most financially vulnerable moments.
The financing round is led by Link Ventures, the Boston-based fund that found Breeze through its proprietary sourcing algorithms, and includes participation from Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, M25, Fiat Ventures, and Invest Nebraska.
Launched in 2020 by Colin Nabity and Cody Leach, Breeze has built insurance technology that makes it easier to apply and underwrite supplemental insurance products like income protection and critical illness insurance. The company offers consumers a completely digital way to quote, apply, and bind policies that offer protection in the event of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other medical conditions that can lead to a loss of income and cause financial trauma.
With the funding, Breeze will accelerate the growth of its core products — disability and critical illness insurance — while also adding new products, carriers, and agents to its digital platform. The insurtech company also plans to build out its software development, customer service, distribution, and marketing teams.
"Breeze caught our attention given its tremendous web traffic growth. We were also very impressed by Colin and Cody's deep carrier relationships and their customer-obsessed mentality. We are thrilled to be part of fueling Breeze to become the category leader in disability insurance. The market remains largely untapped, but Breeze can change that quickly with its technology and online platform," said Lisa Dolan, Managing Director at Link Ventures.
Over 25% of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire, yet the U.S. individual disability insurance market remains very small with only around $430 million written in premium in 2020.
By making disability insurance easier to buy and sell online, the insurtech can grow the stagnant market that has been limited by carriers and agents selling the product the same way for over 20 years.
"Breeze has been hard at work developing solutions that help protect individual's financial lives, their families and their peace of mind. This is a product that's been grossly underutilized by Americans, but is a critical one with Breeze leading the way to make this more accessible like never before," said Alex Harris, General Partner at Fiat Ventures. "We're lucky to have worked with some of the top teams and founders in the fintech space, and Colin, Cody and the Breeze team stand out amongst an impressive crowd as innovators who are dedicated to solving these tough challenges."
Breeze's $10 million Series A is the largest first round of institutional capital ever invested in a Nebraska-based software startup, a testament to the growth prospects for the insurtech disruptor.
"Accelerating technology that can transform our industry and help more consumers achieve financial security is core to our company," said Craig Schedler, Managing Director at Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. "Through their innovative solution and simplified approach, Breeze is disrupting the disability insurance market and creating a better experience for consumers."
With Breeze's platform, individuals can check their rates with a quick, personalized quote for disability insurance or critical illness insurance and complete the application process in just 10 minutes — all completely online.
"We founded Breeze to close a glaring coverage gap — specifically, the 51 million working Americans without adequate income protection," said Colin Nabity, Co-founder and CEO at Breeze.
"Above all, this means making affordable insurance more accessible. Historically, products like disability income insurance and critical illness insurance have been overpriced and too difficult to obtain. We're changing that," concluded Nabity.
Breeze is a mission-driven insurtech company focused on helping individuals and families prepare for the unexpected. Leveraging industry expertise and innovative technology, our remote-friendly team is building a better way to buy insurance for life's most financially vulnerable moments — like cancer, heart attacks, and bad accidents. Policies offered through Breeze can be used to help with lost paychecks, large medical bills, and more.
Learn more & view career opportunities at Breeze at www.meetbreeze.com.
For more information or to set up an interview with Breeze, please contact Mike Brown, Breeze's Director of Communications.
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