ABOUT US

INSURLAB GERMANY AT A GLANCE

 

Driving digital transformation and innovation in the insurance industry

InsurLab Germany is Germany’s pioneering insurance platform for connecting insurance companies, technology provider, consultancies, universities and public institutions with innovative start-ups and scale-ups. What combines them all is the mission to develop new digital products and services for the insurance industry, collaborate and learn from each other by sharing knowledge and best practices. As such, we are a think tank for innovation and digitalization of the German insurance industry.

Founded in 2017 by the City of Cologne, the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the University of Cologne, TH Köln and established insurance companies and start-ups, we have in the meantime grown to be Germany’s largest insurance industry initiative with 92 members.

Our aim is to provide insurance companies and corporates easy and direct access to national and international start-ups and scale-ups and to actively support them in realising cooperation projects to transform and digitalise the German insurance industry in the long term. Through scouting- and match-making activities, our Accelerator program, events and workshops, topic groups and joint initiatives like the InsurLab Academy or insureNXT, we constantly drive digital transformation and innovation in the industry.

InsurLab Germany in figures

Members

Intros initiated for Match-Making in 2021

New members in 2021

New cooperations initiated by us in the market in 2021

Pre-qualified Start- & scale-ups in our network

Visitors at InsurLab Germany events in 2021

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
Program Manager

In his role as Program Manager, Sebastian primarily supports the team in the management and further expansion of our network. In this role, he is also responsible for our Accelerator Program and our Topic Groups.

+49 221 986529-22

ANNA KESSLER
Ecosystem & Program Director

Anna is responsible for the strategic development of our ecosystem, respectively our members and partner networks. She is the first point of contact for our startup scouting and match making offer. In addition, she takes over the program management for our Topic Days and Garage projects.

+49 (0) 171 365 9652

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

DR. PHILIPP JOHANNES NOLTE
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Philipp is responsible for the InsurLab Academy, the main topics of transformation and sustainability, and the organization of various topic days. He also takes care of the cooperation with universities and the support of our members.

+49 (0) 171 3329377

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

JULIA HARTMANN
Working student Controlling and Business Operations

Julia is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and supports Ilka and Sebastian in various back-office activities.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0

MAKSYM KOTALEVSKYY
Working student Ecosystem & Programs

Maksym is studying for his bachelor’s degree in international business and supports Anna and Basti in various aspects of Ecosystem & Program Management.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0

KATHARINA WEILER
Dual working student communications

Katharina is studying Marketing Management in the Bachelor and supports Thomas in the area of marketing, communication and events.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0

PERHAPS YOU?

SEBASTIAN PITZLER

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.pitzler@insurlab-germany.com
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SEBASTIAN BRÜCK

SEBASTIAN BRÜCK

Program Manager

In his role as Program Manager, Sebastian primarily supports the team in the management and further expansion of our network. In this role, he is also responsible for our Accelerator Program and our Topic Groups.

+49 221 986529-22
sebastian.brueck@insurlab-germany.com
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ANNA KESSLER

ANNA KESSLER

Ecosystem & Program Director

Anna is responsible for the development of our ecosystem, respectively our member and partner network. She is the first point of contact for our start-up scouting and match making service, takes over the program management for our Network Topic Days and projects in the InsurLab Factory.

+49 (0) 171 365 9652
anna.kessler@insurlab-germany.com
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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
thomas.kuckelkorn@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

ILKA LÜTZ-WALZOG

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
Ilka.luetz-walzog@insurlab-germany.com
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DR. PHILIPP JOHANNES NOLTE

DR. PHILIPP JOHANNES NOLTE

Senior Program Manager

Philipp is responsible for the InsurLab Academy, the main topics of transformation and sustainability, and the organization of various topic days. He also takes care of the cooperation with universities and the support of our members.

+49 (0) 171 3329377
philipp.nolte@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

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
nadine.olbrich@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

JULIA HARTMANN

JULIA HARTMANN

Working student Controlling and Business Operations

Julia is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and supports Ilka and Sebastian in various back-office activities.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0
julia.hartmann@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

MAKSYM KOTALEVSKYY

MAKSYM KOTALEVSKYY

Working student Ecosystem & Programs

Maksym is studying for his bachelor’s degree in international business and supports Anna and Basti in various aspects of Ecosystem & Program Management.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0
maksym.kotalevskyy@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

KATHARINA WEILER

KATHARINA WEILER

Dual working student communications

Katharina is studying Marketing Management in the Bachelor and supports Thomas in the area of marketing, communication and events.

+49 (0) 221 986529-0
Katharina.weiler@insurlab-germany.com
LinkedIn

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Our members

Digital Hub Initiative

Digital Hub Initiative
de:hub

InsurLab Germany is an official InsurTech Hub

As one of twelve hubs in Germany, InsurLab Germany is part of the Digital Hub Initiative “de:hub” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and is the competence center for Germany’s InsurTech scene.

Board

 

InsurLab Germany e.V. is chaired by a ten-member board of experts from the German insurance industry. With the election on April 27, 2022, the board is structured as following.

Dr. Patrick Dahmen | Chairman

Senior Advisor Insurance & InsurTech, Lecturer University of St. Gallen

Bernd Scharrer | Vice Chairman

Member of the executive Board at VHV digital services AG

Udo Wilcsek | Treasurer

Member of the executive Board at ALH

Dr. Arne Barinka

Member of the executive Board at RheinLand Holding AG

Michael Breuer

Head of Central Europe & Nordics at SCOR Life

Rainer Brune

Chairman of the Board at ROLAND Rechtsschutz-Versicherungs-AG

Dr. Mathias Bühring-Uhle

Member of the executive Board at Gothaer Versicherung

Sven Lixenfeld

Chairman of the Board at HDI Lebensversicherung 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 for the founding of InsurLab Germany and was responsible for the development and character of the initiative. To this day, the Advisory Board is an important part of the initiative and actively contributes to the success of the association.

Roland Berger

Former Head of Media and Internet Economy Department at City of Cologne

Dr. Henning Frommer

Project Lead Digital at Gothaer Finanzholding AG

Alexander Hoeckle

Managing Director International & Business Development at IHK Cologne

Thorsten Kocherscheidt

CEO co-minds GmbH

Prof. Dr. Rainer Minz

Rectorate comm. Alumni, Fundraising & Transfer University of Cologne

Sten Nahrgang

Founder and CFO at mailo AG

Stefan Riedel

Member of the executive Board at adesso SE 

Frank Risse

Department of Economic Development at City of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Gunther Schwarz

Partner at BERNOTAT & CIE.

Dr. Andrea van Aubel

GBS Leader Life Insurance Industry EMEA at IBM

Rudolf van Megen

Managing Director of TECH Beteiligungen GmbH

Prof. Dr. Michaele Völler

Professor at TH Köln