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About us

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 Digital Hub Initiative “de:hub” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action 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
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 further development of our ecosystem, respectively our member and partner network. 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 projects in the InsurLab Garage.
+49 (0) 171 365 9652
Thomas Kuckelkorn, Senior Manager Kommunikation, Marketing und Events
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
Philipp Nolte
Dr. Philipp Johannes Nolte
Senior Program Manager
Philipp is responsible for our Business & Ecosystem Development. He is in charge of designing and managing programs and projects to promote innovation and digitalization for our member companies.
+49 (0) 163 568 3033
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
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 International Business in his Bachelor's degree 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

Board of Directors

InsurLab Germany e.V. is headed by a ten-member board of experts from the German insurance industry. With the election on April 27, 2022, the board is composed 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 Holding

Udo Wilcsek | Treasurer
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 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 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 Alumni, Fundraising & Transfer University of Cologne

Sten Nahrgang
Founder and CFO mailo AG

Stefan Riedel
Board Member 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