Peter Thiel's VC company is doubling down on a German insurance startup

Coya AG_SebastianVillarroel PeterHagen AndrewShaw LauraKauther ThomasMuenkel_Fotonachweis_Coya   Christian Manthey Photography

  • Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures leads $30 million funding round for Berlin’s Coya.
  • The German startup is hoping to build a digital insurance platform pitched at millennials.
  • The funding will support it getting licensed and it hopes to launch its product later this summer.

LONDON — Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures has led a $30 million funding round into Germany insurance technology startup Coya.

It’s Valar’s second investment in the company. Valar, Thiel’s early-stage venture capital company, took part in a $10 million funding round for Coya last August., La Famiglia, and yabeo also took part in the latest round.

Coya, founded in 2016, is planning to build a digital insurance product pitched at millennials and the latest cash injection will help support the cost of getting regulated by BaFin, Germany’s finance regulator. It hopes to launch later this summer.

Coya’s founders said in a joint statement: “The funding provides the fuel to develop digitally focused insurance solutions that are fairer, faster, and future ready.”

peter thielThiel, who is best known for cofounding PayPal and being an early investor in Facebook, has been an active investor in European fintech, or financial technology, over recent years.

The billionaire was an early investor in UK money transfer business TransferWise and UK insurtech startup Brolly, as well as backing German fintech startups N26 and Deposit Solutions.

James Fitzgerald, a partner at Valar Ventures, said in a statement: “We see huge potential in Coya. Building an insurance company for the current century requires the right balance of insurance and technology expertise, something that others — both incumbents and many insuretech startups  — have not been able to achieve.

“Coya’s determination to build a fully licensed and integrated insurance offering from the ground up, rather than rely on third parties, sets them apart in the space.”

Coya was founded by two veterans of hot German lending startup Kreditech and Dr. Peter Hagen, former CEO of Vienna Insurance Group (VIG). It currently has 55 employees in Berlin.

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: THE KRISTIN LEMKAU INTERVIEW: JPMorgan Chase’s CMO explains how she deals with disruption on two fronts at once, why she’s moving some ad dollars back to TV, and why it matters what your credit card feels like

Read the full article from it’s original source: