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InsurTech Pre-Accelerator

Get the skills you need to bring your startup to the next level

Programme dates: 3 November to 19 November

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What is it?

A three-week programme with one intensive day of mentoring and workshops per week.

Supporting you on your startup journey

A three-week structured programme for early-stage insurtech startups in Ireland. Virtually delivered.


Giving you the skill you need to get ready for an accelerator and/or investment.

How will it be delivered?

1:1 Mentorship

1:1 Mentorship

From Industry Experts, helping you develop your idea and get investment ready

Interactive Workshops

Interactive Workshops

Collaborate with a curated cohort of early-stage founders

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

Hear from top entrepreneurs and insurtech thought-leaders

"The programme at Dogpatch Labs is the perfect launchpad for early-stage startups, getting them ready for the next stage in their development."

Nicky Opitz | Digital Engineer

Learn from the Experts

Get insights and feedback directly from some of the top insurtech experts in Ireland

Gerard de Vere

COO Describe Data, Co-founder InsurTech Ireland

Co-founded Describe Data, applying machine learning and AI to deliver risk insights.

Stan Nazarenko

CEO Piprate, Co-founder InsurTech Ireland

Ex VP at Renaissance Re and Pioneer Investments.  Co-founded Piprate, solving the insurance industry’s data sharing problems.

Dr. Hayley Maynard, Ph.D

Head of Innovation | Chaucer Group

Ph. D. in geospatial econometrics. Ex Chief of Staff at Allianz Insurance.

Lucy Coutts

Transformational Propositions Consultant | Allianz Insurance

Ex Senior Programme Manager at Lloyd’s Lab.

Who is this for?

This programme is designed for founders of designed for early stage insurtech startups or startups with an application to insurance

Do you...

  • Have a startup and want to explore an insurance angle
  • Have less than 500k annual revenue or are pre-revenue
  • Have ambitions to scale your company globally
  • Want to get ready for an accelerator programme

Programme Overview

Week 1 : Customer

Discover a deeper level of understanding about your customers and their problem including customer interview techniques, segmenting your market and understanding your unique value proposition (Problem/Solution Fit).

Week 2 : Product/Market

Learn how to design products customers want (Product/Market Fit) including how to validate your MVP with customers, what is the size of your market and what business model is right for you.

Week 3 : Pitch

Refine your proposition and get ready to communicate it to your audience. Produce a world-class pitch deck and three-minute pitch script to present at the Showcase Event.

"Working with Hannover Re has opened up the door for us to the insurance world and its top thinkers. Insurtech is now one of our pillar verticals of focus and we’re so excited for the Pre-Accelerator."

Dave Power | Innovation Director

Showcase Day

Pitch your startup on stage at IT Carlow

One-of-a-Kind Showcase Day Experience

The programme culminates in a virtual Showcase Day, broadcasted to viewers worldwide from IT Carlow. Get exposure to investors, VIP entrepreneurs and potential customers all over the world.

Supported by

This programme is brought to you through the generous support of Arclabs Fund 1 GP Ltd. The investors in Arclabs Fund 1 are Enterprise Ireland, Suir Valley Ventures, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, South East BIC, Centrica Innovations, and the Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford

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Join Showcase

Join our InsurTech Pre-Accelerator Showcase on Tuesday 23rd November to meet 8 exciting startups with the potential to drive the future of the industry.

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