MetLife Digital Accelerator Selects 10 Startups

MetLife today announced its inaugural class of 10 companies selected to participate in the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars.

Here’s the list of selected startups: (1) Aligned Business (Singapore): an end-to-end digital platform to allow carriers to create, define, underwrite and distribute any insurance product to any market. (2) AnswersNow (Richmond, Virginia): digital platform that supports parents of children on the autism spectrum by pairing them with their certified experts and providing clinical interventions. (3) Buddy (Richmond, Virginia): on-demand accident coverage. (4) Enroll Hero (Santa Monica, California): personalized recommendation tool that helps seniors pick the right Medicare plan. (5) FitBliss (San Jose, California): digital wellbeing platform for the workforce. (6) FIX: Fitness Interactive Experience (Atlanta, Georgia): wellness platform. (7) Halos Insurance (Washington, D.C.): insurance platform for low-risk consumers. (8) MamaMend (Boulder, Colorado): digital health platform and postpartum guide for new moms. (9) Portabl (London, UK): subscription service for freelancers and gig workers with personalized insurance, savings products and other benefits. (10) Safely (Atlanta, Georgia): vacation rental insurance provider.

“Digital is driving fundamental changes to the insurance landscape, and the startups selected for our first Accelerator are developing capabilities that will reshape the industry. The Accelerator provides MetLife an opportunity to influence the direction of these early-stage companies and gain first-mover advantage with those that are strategically important to our organization and our customers.” – EVP and Head of MetLife Global Technology & Operations and MetLife Holdings, Marty Lippert.

At the conclusion of the 13-week program on Oct. 18, 2018, startups will present their ideas to MetLife and other potential investors during Demo Day.

The MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars is a part of MetLife’s broader innovation ecosystem that is transforming the customer experience. The ecosystem also includes relationships with 17 venture capital firms, strategic partnerships with leading technology companies, and collaborations with universities such as Carnegie Mellon, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and more recently the MIT Media Lab. MetLife has also established a $100 million fund through its subsidiary, MetLife Digital Ventures, to accelerate investment in strategically aligned startup companies.