Naspers has announced it has invested R120 million in Johannesburg-based insurtech startup Naked in a Series A funding round.
Announced on 4 August, the multinational company made the investment through its early-stage tech investment vehicle, Naspers Foundry.
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The investment is the foundry’s second insurtech investment in the last month.
Launched in 2018, Naked is an AI-drive insurance app that provides users with coverage for their homes and cars.
It is also the foundry’s biggest investment to date.
The funding round raised R160 million in total with the balance contributed by other investors such as Yellowwoods and Hollard.
“We’re excited to support Naked in their journey of pioneering a new generation of insurance, giving consumers access to convenience, control, and savings with its end-to-end digital processes,” Naspers Foundry CEO, Fabian White, said in a statement.
“This fits in with our focus of backing purpose-driven technology businesses.”
In April, the foundry announced it had invested R34 million in local insurance advice app, Ctrl. It said it is committed to investing a total of R1.4 billion in South Africa’s early-stage tech ecosystem.
Naspers investment to help Naked reinvent insurance
Launched in 2018, Naked is an AI-drive insurance app that provides users with easy-access coverage.
Through the mobile and web apps, users can immediately receive a quote for their place of residence, its contents, and standalone items such as cars in a short amount of time.
The app also lets them switch and pause their coverage without having to engage with call agents.
“Our ambition is to build insurance that people love by offering an experience that is affordable, convenient, and transparent,” Naked Co-Founder, Alex Thomson said.
“We are excited to have an investor of Naspers Foundry’s calibre onboard to work with us as we expand our team, continue to invest in the technology that puts customers in control, meet the insurance needs of a growing portion of the SA market and enter into international markets.”
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