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What and who is behind
InsurLab Germany?

The InsurLab Germany at a glance

Insurance companies and corporates meet Insurtechs

InsurLab Germany is the networking platform connecting insurance companies, science and public institutions with startups, developing digital products and services for the ecosystem. We are a think tank for innovation and digitization of the German insurance industry.

Our aim is to provide insurance companies and corporates easy and direct access to national and international startups, and to actively support them in planning and implementing cooperation projects to transform and digitise the German insurance industry in the long term. Through events, workshops, an accelerator program, a co-working space, and match-making, InsurLab Germany connects established insurers with innovative founders and offers a space to create, grow, and develop.

Founded in 2017 by the City of Cologne, the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the University of Cologne, the Cologne Technical University and established insurance companies and startups, we have grown to become Germany’s largest insurance industry initiative within a year.


InsurLab Germany is an official InsurTech Hub

As one of twelve hubs in Germany, InsurLab Germany is part of the “de:hub” digital hub initiative set up by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and is the official competence location for Germany’s InsurTech scene.


Our offer

Individual Match-Making

We support our member companies and startups with their own individual networking needs with potential partners. Whether there is a concrete project or just an idea, we help find the right partners for every project and company.


Our wide range of events bring insurers, corporates, students, and startups together, providing inspiration and bringing our community to life. Our events focus on the development, discussion, generation, and project promotion.


Located in Cologne, the InsurLab Germany Campus offers a first-class co-working space dedicated exclusively to startups, insurance companies’ digital departments and corporate members. With accessible prices and flexible, modern spaces, campus offers all tenants exclusive access to potential customers and project partners.

Accelerator Program

Giving founders the space to grow and develop projects and PoCs, our project-oriented accelerator program is a unique opportunity for startups. Each cohort is exposed to experts, senior managers, and decision makers from insurance companies and corporations with a customized program.

Meet the team

Sebastian Pitzler
Managing Director
Sebastian is Managing Director of InsurLab Germany since March 2018. Previously, he was head of the ERGO Digital Lab in Berlin and was responsible for setting up and expanding this innovation laboratory in the Berlin start-up scene.
+49 (0) 221 986529-10
Sebastian Brück
Business & Startup Analyst
In his role as Business & Startup Analyst, Sebastian primarily supports our Corporate Manager as well as our Startup Manager in the support and further expansion of our network.
+49 221 986529-22
Anna Kessler
Senior Manager Startups
Anna is the contact person for all startups - both those from our InsurLab Germany membership and network as well as new prospects who want to join us in driving the transformation of the industry. She also oversees our annual Accelerator Program.
+49 (0) 171 365 9652
Thomas Kuckelkorn
Thomas Kuckelkorn
Senior Manager Marketing, Communication & Events
Thomas is responsible for all marketing activities of InsurLab Germany. He is also the main contact person for internal & external communication topics as well as all events outside the InsurLab Germany campus.
+49 (0) 221 986529-20
Ilka Lütz-Walzog
Senior Backoffice Manager
On the one hand Ilka is the back office manager, on the other hand she was in charge of the campus development.
+49 (0) 221 986529-10
Nadine Olbrich
Nadine Olbrich
Campus & Event Manager
Nadine manages the co-working space at InsurLab Germany, takes care of all leasing matters and is the first point of contact for our campus community.
+49 (0) 221 986529-23
Stefan Schmid
Senior Manager Corporates
Stefan is the contact person for the corporate members of InsurLab Germany, i.e. in close contact with insurance companies, technology providers and consultancies.
+49 (0) 163 568 3033
Lotta Eller
Working student Insurance & Startups
Lotta is studying for her master's degree in business administration. She supports our Senior Startup Manager Anna concerning all relevant belongings of our startup network.
+49 (0) 221 986529-0
Sabrina Mayr
Working student Corporates
Sabrina is studying "General Management" and supports Stefan in the supervision of our corporate network.
+49 (0) 221 986529-0
Laura Teiken
Laura Teiken
Laura is studying for her master's degree in business administration and supports Ilka and Sebastian in various back-office tasks.
+49 (0) 221 986529-0

Board of Directors

InsurLab Germany e.V. is chaired by an eight-member board of experts from the German insurance industry. With the election of 21 April 2021, the board is composed as follows.

Dr. Mathias Bühring-Uhle | CEO
Member of the executive Board at Gothaer Versicherung

Bernd Scharrer |Deputy Chairman
Vorstand der VHV Holding

Udo Wilcsek | Secretary of the Treasury
Member of the executive Board at ALTE LEIPZIGER-HALLESCHE

Dr. Arne Barinka
Member of the executive Board at RheinLand Holding AG

Michael Breuer
Head of Central Europe & Nordics bei SCOR Life

Rainer Brune
Chairman of the Board der ROLAND Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG

Dr. Patrick Dahmen
Member of the executive Board at HDI Deutschland AG

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oletzky
Professor at TH Köln

Carlo Ulbrich
Co-Founder & CSO at Nect GmbH

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board acted as a task force when InsurLab Germany was founded and was responsible for the structure and character of the initiative. To this day, they are an important part of InsurLab Germany and actively contribute to the success of the association.

Roland Berger
 former Head of Media and Internet Economy Department der Stadt Köln

Dr. Henning Frommer
Gothaer Finanzholding AG

Alexander Hoeckle
Managing Director International & Unternehmensförderung der IHK Köln

Thorsten Kocherscheidt
Heidricks & Struggles

Prof. Dr. Rainer Minz
rectorate commissioner für Alumni, Fundraising & Transfer der Universität zu Köln

Sten Nahrgang
Founder and CFO der mailo AG

Stefan Riedel
Board Member adesso SE 

Frank Risse
Department of Economic Development at City of Cologne

Dr. Gunther Schwarz
Advisory Partner bei Bain & Company Germany Inc.

Dr. Andrea van Aubel
Independent consultant für IT, Digitalisierung und kultureller Wandel

Rudolf van Megen
Managing Director of TECH Beteiligungen GmbH

Prof. Dr. Michaele Völler
Professorin der TH Köln