QBE & Nimbla: A Success Story Of Company-Startup Innovation

By Ted Stuckey, Managing Director of QBE Ventures

My purpose is to make QBE a companion of selection for startups. It’s onerous work, generally, discovering the best startups that can develop or increase QBE into new markets or drive operational and course of efficiencies, after which working with so many components of QBE internally to deliver the partnership to fruition. However the outcomes—like QBE’s new partnership with Nimbla—are value all the trouble. 

Balancing Each Sides of a Difficult Equation

Our Community Engagement Partnering with Techstars has been extraordinarily useful, as they can assist me on either side of this tough equation. Once I’m in search of startups throughout the insurance coverage worth chain, Techstars allows me to determine and rapidly vet an ongoing circulate of potential companions. Then, as a result of so many Techstars workers—my Techstars Community Engagement Program supervisor included—are founders themselves, they assist me see the locations the place QBE wants to alter to be able to be attentive to startup wants. Having a 3rd occasion push us to change into a greater companion to startups, in addition to sharing finest practices, was important for making change occur.

Most just lately, Techstars helped us safe a partnership that I’m actually pleased with, bringing QBE and Nimbla collectively. We’ve simply introduced that QBE is partnering with Nimbla to provide small companies the peace of thoughts and confidence that they should attain their full potential. 

The Future is Now

I knew proper from the beginning that Nimbla was one thing particular. They went via the 2018 Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in London, and although they had been very early stage, the accelerator helped them develop in a method that made them enterprise-ready.  

Nimbla is an bill insurance coverage startup that permits companies to examine the danger of non-payment on invoices and defend those they’re nervous about. For QBE, that is enormous. This was one thing we had been taking a look at, however all of us thought it was a number of years out. 

This type of factor is precisely the explanation why companies like QBE need to be watching and partnering with startups. If we hadn’t, we might nonetheless be watching this chance and ready. There’s no method round it, companies simply transfer and innovate at a special pace from startups. However with Nimbla, we count on to energy QBE’s go-to-market technique for a complete new goal market—at present, somewhat than in 5 years. I’m anticipating to see an incredible affect, for each QBE and Nimbla.

Massive Impacts to the Massive Image

I prefer to suppose that, together with driving Nimbla’s enterprise targets, we’ve helped them see the large image in a brand new method. We’ve pushed them to do one thing new available in the market and to run their enterprise in another way. They’ve seen a imaginative and prescient of who they are often as a enterprise 5, 10, 15 years down the highway. 

Working with startups like Nimbla has undoubtedly had an affect on QBE, method past the underside line. Nimbla got here earlier than a gaggle of people that have made a profession within the insurance coverage business, and impressed them to acknowledge other ways of doing issues, other ways of utilizing information, and other ways of offering advantages to our clients. That’s a shift towards entrepreneurial tradition that we couldn’t have accomplished on our personal. We would have liked Techstars, and we wanted to get in deep with startups to be able to actually see and really feel that distinction. 

We’re working onerous for QBE to be the companion of selection for startups, in order that we will make extra nice offers like this occur. 


Learn extra from each QBE & Nimbla about the advantages of corporate-startup innovation. 

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