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INNOVATION

The BMA recognises the growing importance of innovation in the insurance and wider financial services industry, and the critical role that innovation plays in promoting efficiency and enhancing competitiveness in the market. Therefore, the Authority launched two parallel innovation tracks: an Insurance Regulatory Sandbox (Sandbox) and an Innovation Hub, both initially targeted at Insurance Technology (InsurTech) companies.

Insurance Regulatory Sandbox

The Sandbox is an innovation track for companies looking to test new technologies or business models on a limited number of clients in a controlled environment and for a limited period of time. The Sandbox is reserved for companies that will be undertaking licensable activities as defined under the Insurance Act 1978.

Participating Companies:

Company Name Sandbox Licence Project Overview Sandbox Licence Expiry Sandbox Status
Chainproof Digital Asset Insurance Ltd Innovative Insurers - IGB Offers smart contract insurance against loss or theft of digital assets. The project’s initial target clientele are institutional asset managers for vetted decentralised finance (DeFi) systems. 6 May 2023 Active
Ensuro Re Limited Innovative Insurers - IGB

Ensuro utilises smart contracts to pool capital in the form of stablecoins from "Liquidity Providers" and provide underwriting capacity for Insurtech companies operating in the parametric insurance space.
During the sandbox period the company is restricted to institutional “Liquidity Providers” only.
Please note this company is also licensed under the Digital Asset Business Act 2018.

1 January 2023 Active
Breach Insurance, Ltd. Innovative Insurers - IGB Offers fiat-denominated and crypto-denominated insurance solutions for cyber theft exposures on select cryptocurrency exchange platforms. 6 October 2022 Active
AkinovA (Bermuda) Ltd  Innovative Intermediary - IMP An electronic marketplace to transfer and trade insurance risks, enabling cedants and intermediaries acting on their behalf to transfer insurance risk to investors 26 December 2020

Graduated

Post-sandbox licence: Insurance Marketplace Provider effective 1 January 2021

Nayms SAC Ltd. (formerly Nayms Ecosystems Limited) Innovative Insurers - IGB

A smart contract powered platform that allows insurance entities to create fully-collateralised, fully digital, transparent, trustless and tradable reinsurance contracts. 

Please note this company is also licensed under the Digital Asset Business Act 2018.

1 May 2022

Graduated

Post-sandbox licence: Class IIGB effective 1 May 2022

Kettle Limited Innovative Intermediary - IA

An insurance agent underwriting catastrophe coverage on behalf of target capacity providers using proprietary machine learning algorithms technology to create optimal portfolios of risk.

The project's initial focus is on California wildfire exposures.

12 March 2023

Graduated

 

Post-sandbox licence: Insurance Agent effective 19 August 2022

Blackbird ILS Marketplace Ltd.

Innovative Intermediary - IMP

A closed-end liquid market for structured, syndicated and modelled cyber exposure and other specialty risk as fixed-income products. The market facilitates the trading of insurance-linked security bonds between insurers, reinsurers and sophisticated investors.

8 September 2023

Active

Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is an alternative track for companies looking to test new technologies or business models, similar to the Sandbox, but is applicable for companies that are either:

1. Not currently captured under either the Insurance Act 1978 or any other financial acts (e.g., innovative product or service vendors)

2. Not yet ready for the Sandbox or are still developing their proof of concept

Participating Companies:

Project Name Project Overview Company
Aanika Insurance Agent Aanika is seeking to develop insurance products, namely product liability, crop insurance and food/product recall, which incorporate their proprietary microbial tagging technology in their supply chain. Aanika Biosciences, Inc.

RiCap BERMUDA

A blockchain-driven electronic platform allowing brokers, insurance companies and reinsurers to do business in a single platform to improve business efficiency and cut frictional cost (phase 1), as well as build a private business network to access third party capital (phase 2 and 3) ChainThat Limited

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