The "Efma−Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards" were presented in Paris yesterday evening. Helvetia Insurance is among the winning companies, receiving the bronze award in the "Connected Insurance & Ecosystems" category for "Kevin by mitipi".
Kevin is a virtual housemate who gives the impression that somebody is at home when the property is empty, in order to deter burglars. Kevin was developed by an internal start-up as part of Helvetia’s corporate incubation programme. Starting with the question of how to improve support for victims of break-ins, it became apparent that yet more measures and products are not the answer. These days, the biggest challenge faced by many victims of burglaries is the psychological impact (such as insecurity and fear). And this can occur even if there are only signs of an attempted break-in. Because of this, the focus is on prevention. mitipi takes a different approach to most of the prevention measures that went before it, which usually tell you about a break-in but don’t prevent it. At the start of the year, mitipi was spun off as a separate company.
"We’re delighted to have received the bronze award at the 'Efma−Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards', as it is also an endorsement of our corporate incubation approach as a whole", says Martin Tschopp, Head of Corporate Development at Helvetia. "Corporate incubation helps the entire company become more agile, innovative and customer-centric."
The "Efma−Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards" were first held in 2016, to recognize and encourage innovations in the insurance industry. This year, across the eight categories, 320 innovations were submitted by 237 companies from 45 countries. Efma, which sponsors the award with consultancy firm Accenture, is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 and deals with matters relating to the marketing and distribution of financial services.
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