Today BondAval announces it has secured $1.64 million (£1.2 million) in seed financing led by Insurtech Gateway alongside True Sight Partners and prominent angel investors such as Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas (formerly COO of GoCardless, now Partner at Index Ventures), Yi Luo, Chris Adelsbach, Will Neale and Charlie Songhurst.
BondAval democratises access to the best credit terms via its unique credit risk engine, which enables the instantaneous issuance of its innovative new product - MicroBonds. MicroBonds provide investment-grade certainty to wholesalers when securing their stock and inventory.
Founded early last year by Tom Powell and Sam Damoussi, the development of this novel insurance product is enabled by the use of data and technology. MicroBonds offer a new financial instrument to level the playing field for independent retailers. The co-founders have a shared ambition of bringing customer-centric and digital-first principles to a traditionally slow-moving and opaque sector and believe they are well positioned to provide an innovative new product offering to the €2.5tn+ of global exposure secured by trade credit insurance globally.
Tom Powell was previously an international rugby player who transitioned into financial services and then the technology sector. The combination of these experiences formed his values and vision to bring a transparent, digital-first proposition into the B2B insurance industry. Sam Damoussi has spent more than 10 years working in the insurance-backed surety market and brings with him a wealth of deep domain expertise as well as a strong track record in insurance product innovation across international markets. The wider team has been working together for the last year validating its unique technology proposition, bringing on key executives such as its Chief Underwriter Finlay Smith (former CUO at RSA) and recently Head of Product Arthur Leung, formerly of 11FS and Curve.
BondAval Co-founder and CEO Tom Powell said, “The gulf between corporates and independent retailers trying to secure credit terms is vast and, in our opinion, unfair. Our vision at BondAval is to redress this balance, allowing independent retailers to leverage investment grade security. Their word - our bond. To achieve this vision, we are excited to partner with our new investor shareholders, led by Insurtech Gateway.. They understand the value we can bring by applying digital first propositions to the world of B2B insurance. “
Sam Damoussi Co-founder and COO continued “Independent retailers are competing on an uneven playing field when it comes to credit terms. We also see a huge delta in the user experience between the B2B and B2C insurance sectors. By leveraging technology and the founding principles of insurance we can level that playing field and vastly improve the user experience. We look forward to growing our team and raising the bar across the industry in order to deliver on our plans for the next year.”
The company will be using the capital raised in order to accelerate its product roll-out, invest in recruitment, and further the development of its machine-learning technology. Regulatory and administrative approvals are underway, with commercial sales expected to start this year.
Robert Lumley, co-founder Insurtech Gateway commented, “BondAval's digitised product will make life so much easier and more efficient for retailers to secure credit from their wholesalers and suppliers. We look forward to working with Tom, Sam and the BondAval team to launch their proposition in Europe and the US."
“Oleg/Igor Tikhturov, Co-Founder and Partner at True Sight Partners added, “Tom and Sam bring the rare combination of insurance industry expertise and the speed, agility and ambition of a tech startup. It is clear that there should be a more optimal solution for credit security for businesses across the world. We truly believe that BondAval’s new MicoBond will provide just this solution, enabling business to maximise working capital and guaranteeing certainty in an increasingly volatile world. We are excited to partner with them as they start their journey.”
The company is based in London and is hiring for operations in the UK, USA and Spain.