A word of caution for Instech startups and investors - don't ignore the regulators!
It's been an exciting year assisting a number of instech startups with the development of their business plans and helping them clearly identify their target markets. While many of the instech firms are challenging the traditional insurance distribution models through new and existing technologies, some have been surprised to learn that they were effectively a Managing General Agent (MGA). If your instech firm is delivering any services such as underwriting, pricing, issuing policies and/or settling claims, you are a MGA and require regulatory approval. If a knowledge of regulatory requirements or issues is not included in your instech plan, the plan is incomplete and execution is problematic.
If your instech business plan is challenging traditional insurance distribution models through new and existing technologies, we strongly recommend that you work with a legal team with insurance regulatory experience during the initial business plan creation to ensure that you have covered all facets of regulatory requirements.