Honcho – the Durham-based fintech business who last year launched into the car insurance
market and recently launched their van insurance product, have been selected by Insurtech
NY, the largest insurtech community in the New York area, to join their 2020 accelerator
The programme aims to identify insurtech talent from across the sector, to connect the
most exciting insurtechs to the New York insurance ecosystem, and to improve access to
In a cohort that is largely US-based, Honcho is one of just two businesses representing the
UK within the Insurtech NY 2020 programme, a recognition on a global scale of the
innovation that Honcho’s unique reverse-auction marketplace model is bringing to the
insurance world, along with its global potential.
Talking about Honcho’s inclusion, CEO Gavin Sewell said:
“We’re incredibly excited to have won a place on the Insurtech NY Growth
Accelerator, which comes as we are increasingly gaining international visibility, and
serves to reflect the global potential of the Honcho platform.
“Insurtech NY have fantastic connections across the insurance industry in the US and
we look forward to the access and insight the programme will bring to senior leaders
at US insurers, re-insurers, VCs and advisors. We are proud to have been only one of
UK insurtechs to be selected to this prestigious programme.”
Both of the UK-based insurtechs selected to join the programme – Honcho and Guardhog –
are investees of specialist insurtech investors Insurtech Gateway. Richard Chattock, CEO of
Insurtech Gateway, is understandably very proud of the impact that both firms are making
“Congratulations Honcho and GUARDHOG. Great to see that both of the UK
companies chosen to join Insurtech NY 2020 cohort are in the Gateway family.”
Honcho are a founding member of Insurtech UK, the body that represents the insurtech
businesses that are taking on the UK insurance industry. Commenting on the news, Niall
Barton, Chair of Insurtech UK, said:
“We are delighted that Honcho, an insurtech champion of the north east has been
successfully chosen to join the Insurtech NY 2020 Accelerator. We are confident they
will provide a great example of the UK’s Insurtech talent, highlighting the dynamism
and innovation of the UK as a global leader for insurance innovation.
“Congratulations to everyone at Honcho for this notable achievement.”
Honcho are already seeing the benefits of joining the growth accelerator and have been
selected to represent New York in the Insurtech Connect & Digital Insurance Agenda World
Tour finals to be held during the Insurtech Connect conference in mid-October.
For more information see https://gethoncho.com.