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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.
+49 221 986 52 910
Stefan Schmid
Senior Manager Corporates
Anna Kessler
Senior Manager Startups
Laura Duffe
Manager Marketing, Communication & Events
Laura is responsible for all marketing activities of InsurLab Germany.She is also the main contact person for internal & external communication topics as well as all events off the InsurLab Germany campus.
+49 221 986 52 920
Lara Malm
Manager Campus & Events
Lara joined the team in April 2020. She is the contact person for all questions regarding the InsurLab Germany Campus (including the conference rooms) and all campus events.
+49 221 986 52 920
Ilka Lütz-Walzog
Backoffice Manager
On the one hand Ilka is the back office manager, on the other hand she was in charge of the campus development.
+49 221 986 52 910
Carolin Gattermann
Manager Accelerator Program (external till July 2020)
Carolin supports the InsurLab Germany team in the organisation and implementation of the Accelerator Program 2020 and is the right contact person for all accelerator related questions.
+49 221 986 52 910
Victoria Blechman
Manager Accelerator Program (external till July 2020)
Victoria, together with Carolin, supports the InsurLab Germany team in the organisation and implementation of the Accelerator Program 2020.
+49 221 986 52 910
Ava Schnormeier
Working Student Marketing & Communications
Ava is studying applied linguistics for her master's degree and mainly supports communicative marketing processes. She is mainly responsible for the areas of social media, events and the writing and publishing of blog posts.
Svenja Schröder
Working Student Insurance & Corporates
Svenja is completing her master studies in the area of Risk & Insurance. She supports InsurLab Germany in the support of our member companies. Furthermore, internal controlling is part of her field of activity.
Maximilian Hempel
Working Student Marketing
Max is in the final phase of his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Marketing & Sales. At InsurLab Germany he is mainly responsible for the design and maintenance of the backend as well as campus marketing.
Christopher Schatz
Working Student Insurance & Corporates
Christopher is also currently studying for a Master's degree in Risk & Insurance. At InsurLab Germany he is mainly responsible for the support of start-ups.

Board of Directors

The InsurLab Germany is managed by an eight-member board of directors consisting of experts from the German insurance industry. The following Management Board will continue its activities until the end of April 2020. After that, the newly elected Board of Directors will be in place with the corresponding members.

Dr. Mathias Bühring-Uhle | CEO
executive board Gothaer Versicherung

Carlo Bewersdorf | Deputy CEO
executive board Hannoversche Lebensversicherung AG

Dr. Walter Botermann | Secretary of the Treasury
former CEO der Alte Leipziger-Hallesche

Ulrich Pasdika
chief representative der Gen Re

Dr. Arne Barinka
executive board IDEAL Versicherung

Dr. Lothar Horbach
executive board  RheinLand Versicherung

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oletzky
Professor der TH Köln

Helmut Söhler
former chief representative SCOR Global
P&C Deutschland

According to the decision of the InsurLab Germany general meeting, on April 21, 2020, the board of directors consists of the following members. The official confirmation of the district court is pending.

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

Carlo Bewersdorf | Deputy CEO
Member of the executive Board at Hannoversche Lebensversicherung

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

Michael Breuer
Head of Central Europe & Nordics bei SCOR Life

Dr. Arne Barinka
Member of the executive Board at IDEAL Versicherung

Dr. Lothar Horbach
Member at the executive Board at RheinLand Versicherung

Frank Feist
Managing Director at ROLAND Assistance

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oletzky
Professor at TH Köln

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

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
Co-Founder und Partner der Digitisation GmbH

Prof. Dr. Michaele Völler
Professorin der TH Köln