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Aviva联合Founders Factory押注金融科技创企

在技术领域,Aviva对虚拟现实、人工智能及区块链技术寄予厚望。

此前,保险集团英杰华与创企加速器及孵化器Founders Factory联合集结资金数百万英镑,用于投资新兴技术。英杰华已披露了此项投资的首批受惠者。

Aviva已与Founders Factory携手成立了其自有创企OnCare,推动实现社会福利服务办公无纸化。纪录数字化有利于更为充分地对其加以分析。OnCare已在福利机构中推行试用该应用。

Previse是首批受惠的五家创企之一。Previse采用AI技术加快票据兑付速度,弥补小企业因逾期付款产生的资金缺口。Shepherd也利用人工智能识别机械故障并预先向企业发出警示。

Founders Factory的联合创始人兼CEO Henry Lane Fox表示:“社会福利领域对技术的利用度严重不足,在极大提升英国内外社会福利服务方面,OnCare代表着迈出了重大的第一步。”

Fox向CityA.M.表示Aviva为老年保健市场、资深专家及医疗机构提供了洞见,也就是说其在注资仅九个月后就已开始在此领域大举拓展。

第二家合作创企目前尚不可知但将于今年披露。

第三家创企Psious采用虚拟现实技术治疗患者、解决心理健康问题。Fox在提及这一大体被视作消费性技术时说道:“我们的想法很简单。”

“Aviva是英国最大的健康保险商,Psious帮助心理学家治疗患有恐惧症与焦虑症的病人。研究表明使用Psious的VR软件对这些患者产生了显著的有益影响。”

“因此,我们探索Psious如何创新技术,助力Aviva更好地服务其医疗保健客户,尤其是在远程治疗领域。此举可使更多患者接受治疗,并为所有患者减少负担。”

Founders Factory与easyJet、L'Oreal等知名企业合作扶植多家创企。Founders Factory由Lastminute创始人Brent Hoberman与Lane Fox共同创立,有着宏远的目标,即在未来五年创建200家成功创企。

创企孵化器与加速器Founders Factory去年与Aviva达成合作扶助金融科技创企。Aviva位于肖尔迪区的“数字工厂”此前对此类创企的投资就不断增长。

Aviva创新与新业务负责人Serge Taborin说道:“保险业正面临着其成长300年历史上最大的挑战。人们的需求迅猛增长,许多新兴技术具备变革保险业产业链的潜力,蕴含可更好地服务客户的机遇。”

“创企合作是我们解决这一挑战方法之一。与Founders Factory的伙伴关系使我们得以接触顶尖创业人才,更快地追踪创新型客户解决方案。”

AvivaCEO Mark Wilson表示该公司未来可能考虑收购一家创企。Aviva经由其创投集团通过Founders Factory进行投资。

Luther Systems与Fitwell也位列此五家创企项目。

Luther Systems是一家英国区块链开发者,已与Aviva完成了试验,为供应商开示票据提供智能合约,并计划进一步检测分布式账本技术。位于土耳其的创企Fitwell则是一款AI驱动的健身训练应用。

“加速器选取的五家创企极为多样,涵盖虚拟现实、区块链等技术,展示了我们在挖掘可变革保险及金融服务技术方面的远大抱负。”

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Aviva is betting on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain when it comes to technology.

The insurer has unveiled the first five startups to benefit from a multi-million pound investment into new technology with startup accelerator and incubator Founders Factory.

And the two have also created their own startup together, OnCare, aiming to take the paperwork out of social care. By records becoming digital they can also be better analysed and the startup is already running a pilot of the app with care agencies.

The five startups includes Previse, which uses AI speed up payments to suppliers, helping plug the hole in financing for small business left by late payments. And Shepherd is also using AI to identify mechanical breakdowns and alert businesses to them earlier.

"Technology is heavily under-utilised within social care and OnCare represents an important first step in dramatically improving the delivery of care here in the UK and abroad," said co-founder and chief executive of Founders Factory Henry Lane Fox.

He told CityA.M. the insurer brought insight into the elderly care market, senior experts and access to care agencies, meaning it has already started scaling the business after just nine months since its inception.

A second co-created startup is currently in stealth mode but is expected to be revealed this year.

A third startup, Psious, uses virtual reality to help deliver therapy to people and tackle mental health issues. "Our thinking is simple," said Fox of the investment in what is seen as a largely consumer technology.

"Aviva is one of the UK's largest health insurers and Psious helps psychologists to treat patients suffering from phobia and anxiety. Studies have shown that experiencing these phobias in Psious' VR software has markedly beneficial effects on those patients.

"So really we are exploring how Psious could pioneer a new technology to help Aviva better look after its healthcare customers - particularly when it enables treatment remotely. This makes treatment accessible to more customers and cuts costs for all parties involved."

Founders Factory is hot-housing many startups with several high profile corporate partners, including easyJet and L'Oreal. FOunded by Lastminute.com entrepreneurs Brent Hoberman and Lane Fox, they have an ambitious goal of creating 200 successful startups over the next five years.

The incubator and accelerator first partnered with Aviva last year to foster fintech startups, something the insurer is increasingly investing in with its "digital factory" in Shoreditch.

“The insurance industry is facing some of the biggest challenges in its 300-year history. People’s needs are rapidly evolving, while a number of emerging technologies have the potential to transform the insurance value chain and provide numerous opportunities to serve our customers better," said Aviva's director of innovation and new business Serge Taborin.

"Startup collaboration is one of the ways we are tackling this challenge and the Founders Factory partnership has given us access to leading entrepreneurial talent, enabling a faster way of trialling innovative customer solutions."

Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson has said it might even think of acquiring a startup in future. The company invests in the startups via its Venture arm through Founders Factory.

The final two startups joining the programme are Luther Systems and Fitwell.

The first is a UK-based blockchain developer which has completed pilots with Aviva with smart contracts for supplier invoicing and has further tests of the distributed ledger technology planned. And Fitwell, a Turkey-based startup is behind an AI-powered fitness coaching app.

"The five startups selected for the accelerator are incredibly diverse- from VR to blockchain - demonstrating the depth of our ambition to unearth the technologies that will revolutionise insurance and financial services," said Fox.

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