Insurtech Accelerator

Sponsored by Aviva Canada

Six startups were chosen to challenge the status quo

From healthcare to financial services to connected devices, consumers are demanding innovative solutions to meet their day-to-day needs. That's why we've partnered with Aviva Canada to accelerate Canadian startups that intersect with insurance.

What they get


One-on-one weekly mentorship from Aviva Canada’s executive team and DMZ’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Sales support

Support for building customized sales strategies and exclusive access to industry trends


Focused workshops hosted by insurance and technology industry leaders


Introductions to key Aviva decision-makers, prospective customers and partners


Chance to pilot with Aviva and pitch to UK-based Aviva Ventures, a £100M fund*


Dedicated workspace and access to a pool of resources

*no funding guaranteed from Aviva Ventures

Criteria to apply:

Potential to disrupt the insurance industry

Focus on solving a compelling industry problem

Innovative technology in your solution

Functional prototype (at minimum)

Clear application to the insurance industry*

A business case or partnership opportunity with Aviva Canada

*Including but not limited to the areas of IoT, autotech, autonomous cars, claims management, risk mitigation and analysis, healthcare, big data, security, blockchain and insurance optimization.

For complete details, please read the application guidelines.

Meet the selected six

A motorcycle community and magazine for motorbike riders. ESR helps riders discover and share routes, reviews, photos, videos or obtain roadside assistance.

Turning traditional paperwork into smart forms that help generate leads, reduce processing costs, optimize processes and transform businesses.

Helping companies and organizations automate document processing, handling and analysis using AI and natural language processing.

AI-backed insurance platform making it easier for policyholders to obtain travel insurance, enhance their existing policies or submit claims in real-time.

Making it easy and affordable for consumers to upgrade their vehicles with luxury smart car features, including 4G WiFi hotspots.

AI-powered digital platform that handles the highly repetitive conversations that happen between customers and insurance brokers.

About Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees focused on creating a bright and sustainable future for their customers and communities. Learn more at

Applications for our Insurtech Accelerator program are now closed. Have questions?

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