Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are the next stops for the InsurTech player in the region
Redefining insurance is no easy task, but the investors behind Sunday, an under-the-radar startup, believe that the InsurTech has the right model and is set for massive growth in Southeast Asia. This due to the firm has successfully raised USD 10 million in its Series A funding round led by top VC firm, Vertex Ventures SEA and India making the Thailand-based InsurTech one of the emerging startups to keep eyes on. Beyond that, an insurance group also owns a stake in the business and has contributed the use of its general insurance license to the InsurTech which transforms the startup into a full-blown insurance company.
Sunday is a multi-line InsurTech with fully-integrated sales and services platforms designed to reinvent the entire insurance value chain where the nature of risks is rapidly shifting as we progress towards a digital economy. Incumbent insurers currently act only as risk aggregators with limited understanding of and capabilities to meet customers’ needs which are rapidly evolving. With data and technology, Sunday aims to reboot insurance to meet these demands, so that insurance is always affordable and available anytime anywhere.
Sunday differentiates itself based on its risk-prediction model driven by AI and machine learning, where it currently uses more variables than any insurer in Southeast Asia for feature engineering and more accurate risk-pricing in real time. Multiple dimensions of an individual risk profile are also aggregated to offer more personalised and affordable coverages for every customer segment. The InsurTech has since launched over a hundred variations of products and platforms to cover niche risks such as extended warranty and flight delay to more complex coverages such as auto and health insurance, for its rapidly growing customers. Products and claims services designed are offered via its partnership ecosystems comprising leading players from the auto, telecommunications, retail and travel industries. In parallel, Sunday also grows its business organically with its personalized employee health benefits and real-time claims management solutions used to penetrate the local SME market comprising 3 million SMEs with over 10 million workforce, generating over 36% of Thailand’s GDP.
“Sunday is on a mission to serve customers very differently as an InsurTech and in Southeast Asia, home to over 330 million internet users representing third largest region globally with Thai consumers spending more than 4 hours a day on mobile internet. The insurance market is fragmented with huge gaps in current offerings coupled with many pain points throughout the entire customer journey. In addition, the digital economy continues to change the way customers shop on-demand. At Sunday, we believe the only way to solve this is to own and simplify the entire value chain using data and technology. We want to create a platform where people are able to find any insurance for themselves and their businesses at anytime and anywhere. There is more than one way to reach customers now and in the future which is why we have built capabilities to also integrate our solutions into various businesses and ecosystems,” says Cindy Kua, co-founder and CEO.
“Vertex Ventures SEA and India is pleased to partner with Sunday on their digital insurance journey. This is a long-awaited transformation that the insurance industry must undertake given the confluence of technology and data. If eCommerce can provide dynamic pricing, then a digital insurer like Sunday can provide personalized premium pricing depending on insights into consumers’ behavior and needs. As part of the insurance journey revolves around claims experience, Sunday’s integrated technology platform will enable a more seamless claims experience, where pay-out will be carried out efficiently,” says Chua Kee Lock, a Managing Partner at Vertex Ventures SEA and India.
Looking ahead, Kua expects the InsurTech to expand its operations to other markets in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, and aims to raise significant funding round for its expansion towards end of this year for this.
Sunday is a fully-integrated sales and services InsurTech that uses artificial intelligence and digital platforms to offer personalised insurance products and services that suits all types of individual and business risks. Here to reinvent the entire insurance value chain, the company offers its end-to-end solutions via its partners and proprietary distribution channels. Learn more about Sunday at www.easysunday.com
About Vertex Ventures SEA and India
Vertex Ventures is a global network of operator-investors who manage portfolios in the U.S., China, Israel, India and Southeast Asia. The firm is a trusted partner to some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, supporting them with unmatched operating experience and deep access to the capital, talent, partners and customers they need to build truly global businesses.