Security is everything – especially in Cologne. The city on the Rhine is one of the most important locations within the insurance industry and combines traditional companies with innovative insurtech start-ups. As evidence of this, the Digital Hub Cologne is not only working on classic products, but also completely rethinking the subject of insurance.

Generating new ideas and helping to shape a traditional sector: the InsurTech Hub Cologne is actively committed to the digitisation of the insurance industry. Start-ups are brought together with established companies from the DACH region to work on solutions to meet future demands in the insurance world. In addition, knowledge transfer between companies in the field and the world of science is being facilitated with partners such as the University of Cologne, helping to pave the way towards a modern insurance industry. InsurLab Germany e. V. offers co-working spaces, providing room for dialogue and collaboration between start-ups, scale-ups, traditional insurance companies, investors and other network partners. Furthermore, in conjunction with Koelnmesse, the Hub organises insureNXT, an international congress and expo where the latest insurtech trends are presented each year.

Faces behind the Hub


Anna Kessler

Managing Director


Thomas Kuckelkorn

Senior Manager Communication, Marketing and Events

contact person

Thomas Kuckelkorn

Phone: +49 (0) 221 986529-20



Insurlab Germany e.V. 

Hohenzollernring 85-87

50672 Köln

Best Cases of the Hub

DearEmployee and ALH Group

The digital health start-up DearEmployee is cooperating with Hallesche Krankenversicherung to help companies plan a healthy and attractive working environment. The aim is partly to mitigate the risk of burnout and cut healthcare costs, but also increase the motivation of employees and make the company more attractive by creating healthy and motivational working conditions. Both companies had previously got to know one another at a pitch as part of the InsurLab Germany Accelerator programme.

Nect and R+V

The start-up Nect has developed the Selfie-Ident solution as its core product – an online identification tool that uses an identity document and selfie video. R+V is the first insurer in Europe to offer its customers the opportunity to activate the digital customer portal themselves within a matter of minutes using the start-up’s video identification process. R+V customers can use the portal to view and manage their insurance policies online.

Complero and R+V

The start-up Complero enables insurers to do something that is essential to securing long-term customer loyalty: stay in personal contact with its policyholders. Thanks to the intelligent use of Complero AI, customer master data for R+V Versicherung remains up to date at all times. The starting signal for the cooperation came within a matter of weeks of getting to know each other as part of the InsurLab Germany Accelerator programme.


The digital vaccination certificate for Germany was developed by IBM in conjunction with the Cologne-based startup UBIRCH. Both companies were brought together through InsurLab Germany and jointly developed a solution that provides evidence of coronavirus vaccination or recovery in digital form. The collaboration produced two apps: the app providing proof of vaccination (CovPass) and its counterpart for conducting checks (CovPassCheck).

Innovation Programs of the Hub

Insurlab Germany Accelerator

The Insurlab Germany Accelerator runs a six-month programme that gives start-ups and scale-ups the opportunity to collaborate with the multifaceted international insurance industry in a six-month programme and get support with market entry or scaling. Measures include matchmaking, workshops and individual mentoring in addition to other benefits available during and after the programme.

InsurLab Germany Academy

Together with the University of Cologne Business School, the Digital Hub Cologne has also launched the InsurLab Academy as a valuable training programme for the insurance industry. The ‘Digital Insurance Transformation’ certification programme gives employees and managers the skills and perspectives they need to actively shape the transformation of the industry.

InsurLab Germany Factory

The InsurLab Factory is a creative space for cross-industry collaboration with the aim of jointly developing good ideas and trying out new approaches. Prototypes and MVPs are created by working on ideas together and testing and implementing them. Factory projects are essentially collaborative in nature and conceivable in all kinds of (industry) constellations.

InsurLab Germany Campus

The InsurLab Germany Campus is a co-working space that provides room for actively sharing ideas and engaging in dialogue with other tenants, start-ups and members based on the campus – roof terrace included. The campus not only provides access to the co-working space, but also to the networks of the eleven other Hubs in Germany.