Willis Towers Watson Expands Partnership with Plug and Play

Towers Watson will assist in qualifying, mentoring and collaborating with InsurTech start-ups in Plug and Play’s global ecosystem.

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Willis Towers Watson (London) has announced an international partnership with Plug and Play (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a global InsurTech accelerator. The agreement expands upon the two companies’ existing partnership by extending Willis Towers Watson’s access to early stage InsurTech start-ups across all of Plug and Play’s InsurTech platforms, which include Beijing, Munich, New York, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Tokyo. As part of the agreement, Willis Towers Watson will assist in qualifying, mentoring and collaborating with InsurTech start-ups in Plug and Play’s global ecosystem.

Carl Hess, Head of Investment Risk and Reinsurance, Willis Towers Watson.

“We’re very excited about this partnership and believe it demonstrates our commitment in bringing the newest and most innovative technology—both our own solutions and offerings from the world’s leading tech centers—to our clients,” comments Carl Hess, head of Investment Risk and Reinsurance, Willis Towers Watson. “It also accelerates our ability to advise clients on start-up-driven innovation and create greater value for them and the insurance industry.”

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Willis Towers Watson to a global level, making them one of our largest and most engaged partners in InsurTech,” comments Saeed Amidi, CEO, Plug and Play. “Their commitment to sourcing innovation for clients has made them one of the most visible partners on the Plug and Play platform. This global partnership between two very powerful brands will strengthen our collective efforts to source innovative InsurTech solutions from around the world. We look forward to much success between our two organizations as we continue to engage with the global start-up community.”

Saeed Amidi, CEO, Plug and Play.

Willis Towers Watson and Plug and Play also partner on innovation platforms across health and wellness, as well as Enterprise 2.0, which focuses on transforming management structures, company culture and how work gets organized.

Better Ideas through Collaboration

“We believe better ideas come through collaboration inside and outside our company,” comments Todd Jones, head of Corporate Risk and Broking, Willis Towers Watson. “We have already had great success in partnering with emerging firms for the benefit of our clients and look forward to expanding those opportunities through this relationship to enhance the client experience we deliver and help transform the insurance industry more broadly.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For over a decade he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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