Mumbai-based Insurtech startup, Riskcovry, on Thursday announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-Series A round from Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund, Varanium Capital, and Better Capital.

Saras Agarwal, Principal at Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund, said, 

“Riskcovry brings a fresh approach to digital distribution for the insurance market. Their API-first approach helps enterprise customers get access to highly relevant insurance products through a completely digital process of underwriting, policy issuance, claim settlement, and compliance.”


Riskcovry considers itself as a neo-insurer providing "insurance-in-a-box" solution, allowing any business with a large captive user base to enable distribution of insurance to their users in an end-to-end fashion. The company has taken the payment gateway (PG) approach of enabling insurance as a financial services layer to any business.  

Riskcovry enables the distribution of multiple insurance products across life, non-life, and health with plug-and-play infra to support any distribution use-case.


Riskcovry Founders

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The startup was founded in 2018 by Suvendu Prusty, Sorabh Bhandari, and Chiranth Patil. 

The founders, in a joint statement, said,


“This round will help us scale on our product-market fit, and serve more enterprise customers across segments that enable both mainstream and alternative insurance distribution. We look forward to building out our technology, product, data sciences, sales, and growth teams.”

Suvendu and Sorabh are ex-insurance industry execs who built the distribution books of two insurers, whereas Chiranth is a two-time founder who comes from a fintech and strategy background. Vidya Sridharan is the CTO and brings in deep technology experience.

Riskcovry falls into the “financial infrastructure” bucket, where fintech startups enable the ‘rails’ or ‘pipes’ that connect various payers within the industry’s value chain via APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) in order to interact with each other.  

Some recent deals in the "Financial Infrastructure" space include payments and cards infra provider M2P, which raised Series A funding of $4.5 million, led by BeeNext and fintech infra company Setu secured Series A round of $15 million led by LightSpeed with co-investment from Bharat Inclusion Seed Fund among others. 

(Edited by Megha Reddy)

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Regional language social media company ShareChat is laying off 101 employees amid market uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email to employees, the Twitter-backed platform outlined steps it is taking to "become leaner and position the company better for the future".

"We would be saying goodbye to 101 of our ShareChatwasis today…This is a very tough call for us. I hope you understand that we had to do it for the organisation to sustain and see it through to the other side of this pandemic," Ankush Sachdeva, co-founder and CEO of ShareChat, said.sharechatAlso ReadOla culls 1,400 jobs after revenue slumped 95 pc following coronavirus pandemic

In the past few weeks, a number of tech-led businesses like Uber, Zomato, and Swiggy have announced layoffs as the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown dried up demand and ravaged businesses.

On Wednesday, cab aggregator Ola said it is laying off 1,400 staff from rides, financial services, and food business as revenues declined by 95 percent in the last two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When contacted, ShareChat said the global pandemic – along with various local market uncertainties – have had an impact on its business plans.

"This has pushed us towards certain tough decisions, including a revised leaner structure while we continue to grow. We've had to let go 101 of our employees who've been part of our start-up journey. This was not an easy decision to make," it added.

Sachdeva, in his mail, noted that he believed the ad market would remain unpredictable this year.

"We are streamlining our revenue teams to these new expectations yet will keep working towards building the necessary technology infrastructure," he said.

The five-year old company has relooked at the requirement of physical office spaces, and would continue partially remote working at all times in the future.

"We have worked aggressively on reducing our server costs," he said.

The impacted employees will have the option to go on a 'garden leave' for two months with 100 percent pay or opt for four months with 50 percent pay while utilising the period to look for a new job.

During this period, the associates will continue to be on the company's payrolls so that there isn't any employment gap.

The company will also provide a one-month ex-gratia for every year that the employee has been engaged with the firm.

The impacted associates will continue to be covered by the company's health insurance policy until the end of 2020.

Also, the options that vest by end of the year will continue to be retained by the employees who have been laid off.

According to a survey by industry body Nasscom, about 90 percent startups said they are facing a decline in revenues, and about 30-40 percent indicated temporarily halting their operations or in the process of closing down.

About 70 percent startups surveyed said they have a cash runway of fewer than three months, the most affected being the early stage and mid-stage startups.

With businesses seeing significant impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many startups have frozen hiring, slashed salaries and laid off people.

(Edited by Megha Reddy)

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