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Buckle Bags $31 Million in Series A Round of Financing

By Insurance CIO Outlook | Monday, August 10, 2020

In 2019, Buckle launched its core rideshare insurance policy that combines personal and commercial coverages, in collaboration with Munich Re's Digital Partners

FREMONT, CA: Buckle, a tech-enabled financial services company, raised $31 million through its Series A funding round co-led by HSCM Bermuda and Eos Venture Partners.

To tackle the issues of conventional insurance policies that leave gig workers underinsured, Buckle will use the funding to reinvent the insurance model with new sources of data to underwrite risk, making insurance comprehensive, affordable, and easy to obtain for rideshare drivers.

"Whether rideshare drivers are on duty or driving their family around on personal time, Buckle will have them covered," said Dustin Walsey, co-founder of Buckle. "We are excited to offer comprehensive, easy-to-understand insurance to active rideshare drivers for overall better personal protection."

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In June, Buckle announced the acquisition and recapitalization of Gateway Insurance Company (Gateway), including its 47 state insurance licenses. Through Gateway, Buckle is expanding insurance coverage to include transportation network companies (TNCs), traditional taxi, limo, and livery businesses using the Curb app.

"The ride-hailing market is expected to grow globally to approximately $260 billion by 2024," said Vikas Singhal, Partner and CIO of Insurtech at HSCM Bermuda. "As the market grows, demand for straight-forward and affordable insurance coverage for both providers and TNCs will grow with it. We're excited to help the Buckle team take the company to the next level."

Earlier this year, Buckle expanded the program through a partnership with Lyft and plans to launch other products and partnerships as it expands nationwide.
"The rideshare and dispatched delivery markets need specialized insurance expertise," said Jonathan Kalman, Founding General Partner at Eos Venture Partners. "Buckle has built a comprehensive insurance solution to this growing market," added he.

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