Insurtech Accelerator

Sponsored by Aviva Canada

Accelerating startups challenging 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. Apply for a chance to pilot with Aviva and pitch to Aviva Ventures, a £100M fund.

What you 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

To apply to the program, you'll need:

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.

Program timeline

April 3: Application deadline

Eligible startups can apply through the online application form here. The deadline to complete and submit your application is April 3, 2017.

April 27: Pitch to Aviva and DMZ selection panel

Based on the quality of submissions, up to 10 finalists will be chosen and invited to pitch to the selection panel, comprised of Aviva Executives, program advisors and the DMZ’s Startup Services team.

May 1: Participants are selected

The panel will select six winning startups to participate in the four-month program. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2017.

May 10: 4-month accelerator program starts

Startups will start their four-month intensive journey and join the brightest entrepreneurial community North America has to offer.

September 18: Startup Showcase

At the end of the four months, the six startups will participate in a “Startup Showcase,” where they’ll pitch for pilot opportunities with Aviva Canada and investment opportunities from UK-based Aviva Ventures, a £100M fund established to fuel the success of insurtech companies globally.

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

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