Investments

Dubai’s VentureSouq invests in $45 million Series B of Vouch, a US-based insurance platform targeting startups

VentureSouq, a Dubai-based investment platform focused on investing in early-stage startups around the world, has invested in Vouch, a US-based startup that offers business insurance to startups only, it announced in a statement to MENAbytes yesterday.

The investment was part of Vouch’s $45 million Series B (announced last month) led by Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. It takes the total money raised so far by the San Francisco-headquartered startup to $70 million. The previous investors of Vouch include Index Ventures, 500 Startups, Ribbit Capital, and Y Combinator.

Vouch has not disclosed the valuation it raised this money at but TechCrunch citing Pitchbook data has pointed out that that it’s $210 million.

Founded by a startup veteran Sam Hodges who previously co-founded business lending platform Funding Circle and Travis Hedge, a former Senior Associate at SVB Capital, Vouch, offers “fast, tailored, digitally-delivered insurance designed to support and scale with startups in high-pressure, rapid-growth environments.”

Vouch’s plans that start from $300 per year offer different types of coverage for startups including general liability, cyber cover, and business property.

Sam Hodges, the co-founder and CEO of Vouch in a statement, said, “Vouch’s purpose is to help startup founders and executives understand and manage the inherent risks with starting — and scaling — a company.”

Suneel Gokhale, a partner at VentureSouq, said, “A growing trend is the emergence of startups that service other startups. We think that given the continued growth and maturity of the startup ecosystem, this is a segment that should do well in the long-term.”

The startup that’s currently live in nine American states including California, Utah, and Michigan, plans to offer its services across the nation in 2020.

Zubair Naeem Paracha

Zubair Naeem Paracha

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A tech and startup enthusiast based in Riyadh. Zubair apart from leading MENAbytes is also building Qraar, a career discovery and development platform for millennials in MENA. He can be reached on Linkedin, Twitter or zubair [at] menabytes [dot] com.
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