We’ve launched contents insurance for sharers!

shared contents insurance

November 2018

Urban Jungle has launched a new home contents product especially for house and flat shares. Until now it’s been super difficult to find cover if you share with 2 or more friends, but no longer!

With Urban Jungle’s cover you can insure just your own things, or everyone who lives there.

You can read the full announcement here.

We’ve launched Gadget insurance!

Gadget insurance

October 2018

Urban Jungle has launched a new Phone and Gadget insurance product, which offers up to £1,000 of cover, for only £75 per year.

It’s the next step in us helping you get all of your insurance sorted in one place. As with all of our products, you can get it sorted in minutes from that lovely new smartphone!

You can read the full announcement here.

Urban Jungle promises London living wage to all employees

August 2018

Urban Jungle has received its Living Wage accreditation, demonstrating its promise to continue paying all employees a fair and liveable wage. As a company dedicated to helping young people and renters, this is just another way in which Urban Jungle is helping make life easier for urban dwellers.

The cost of living, particularly in London, is astronomical. Urban Jungle hopes that other companies will follow suit and make efforts to improve the lives of their employees.

You can read the full announcement here.

Urban Jungle nominated for ACORD and Insurance Age awards

July 2018

In July, Urban Jungle will be presenting their pitch at the London semi-finals of the ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge.

Urban Jungle has also been nominated for Insurance Age’s Broker Start-Up of the Year Award. Insurance Age is one of the UK’s most prestigious insurance news outlets, making this a great achievement and honour for the start-up.

Urban Jungle’s fundraising so far for Centrepoint

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June 2018

In January we announced that Centrepoint was our charity of the year. This month a group of us will be taking part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money, and three members of our team ran the Hackney Half Marathon in May.

Read the full article here to find out why we chose Centrepoint and what we’ve done so far.

Urban Jungle launches new feature to make changes instantly online

March 2018

In March we are launching a number of new features for our Tenants Liability customers. These features allow you to instantly make changes to your account online, starting today with the option to change your address. We know that customers sometimes need to make a last-minute change to their policies, so we thought we’d save them some time and stress by letting them do it straight away. When we started out, we had the goal of making insurance as easy to use as possible, and this is just one of the ways that we’re doing that. We’ll be expanding the range of changes that can be made online soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Urban Jungle launches new insurance product to shake up industry and help renters

March 2018

London based Urban Jungle, a FinTech startup redefining home insurance for renters, launched an important new product this week. The product helps renters keep their deposit by paying out whenever they accidentally damage their landlord’s property.

The product, known as Tenant’s Liability Insurance, is regularly made compulsory by some letting agents for anyone renting out their properties. These agents often offer the insurance products themselves, but Urban Jungle is seeking to be the online alternative, offering cover at a much lower price.

You can read the full article here

Urban Jungle launches industry first partnership programme and API to become the insurance partner for the Open Banking era

February 2018

London based Urban Jungle, a FinTech startup revamping home insurance has launched a partnership programme and API to help renters and sharers access their products more easily.

CEO Jimmy Williams said “we think the future of financial services will be an open one, where products are offered ‘in-context’, and this launch is a major step in helping our partners do just that.”

The newly launched programme allows companies to easily offer Urban Jungle’s insurance products and leverages technology to ensure that partners remain compliant, it also allows partners to serve insurance quotes within their own apps, improving relevance and conversion through a low friction customer experience.

You can read the full blog here

CentrePoint, our charity of the year!

January 2018

This year we’re very excited to be starting our new tradition of having a charity of the year, which will be CentrePoint for the duration of 2018!

CentrePoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting more than 9,200 16-25 year olds into a home and a job every year. We can’t wait to see what we can achieve together throughout the year, and push ourselves to achieve as much as we can while we’re working together.

You can read the full blog here, and watch this space for fundraising initiatives!

Urban Jungle raises £1m in Seed Funding to build tech-enabled home insurer

Founders Jimmy and Greg

January 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have raised a £1m Seed round of investment from a group of top Angel investors, led by Rob Devey.

Jimmy, our CEO commented:

“This investment marks a big step towards our mission to build an insurance provider that customers love. Through 2017, we focused on building a business that our customers can rely on 100% when something goes wrong. In 2018 we’ll vastly increase the choice of products for our customers, and make all of our products even easier to use.

We’re delighted to have brought on board such a high quality group of investors who can help us accelerate towards these goals”

Read the full press release here.

Urban Jungle receives full FCA authorisation

October 2017

We are pleased to announce that Urban Jungle has today received full direct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Whilst this will not affect the service we offer customers, it gives us the ability to offer a broader range of services in future.

Urban Jungle’s CEO Jimmy Williams commented:

“This is great news for Urban Jungle and it’s customers. We’re very grateful to our AR Partners Wired Back for their support in helping us launch and begin the process of working with customers under their umbrella, but we’re also super exited about the advantages being directly authorised will bring us.

First, it will give us the ability to offer options for customers to spread the cost of their insurance over the year by paying monthly, which we will be launching very soon. It also gives us greater ability to move quickly in adding new products to our platform, so you should look forward to lots more from us very soon!”

The change takes effect from the 2nd of October 2017.

Urban Jungle nominated in Insurance Post Digital & InsurTech Awards 2017

Exciting news! The nominees for the Insurance Post’s Digital & InsurTech Awards have been announced, and Urban Jungle has been selected in two categories.

Urban Jungle itself has been nominated for the ‘New Kid on the Block’ award for the best InsurTech start-up.

Also, Urban Jungle software engineer Ben has been nominated for the ‘Humble Hero’ award, for the unsung technology employee of the year.

The full list of nominees is here.

Fingers crossed for success on the night…

Urban Jungle launches home insurance proposition

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The team are very pleased to annouce the launch of Urban Jungle’s home insurance offering.

Urban Jungle has partnered with Paymentshield, to give its customers access to some great home cover, underwritten by a panel of household name insurers.

This is the first step in a lot more that we have to bring you in the coming months, but is the culmination of a lot of hard work from Urban Jungle and its partners, and the team are delighted to bring it to you through our new website, which you can view here.

Onwards and upwards!

Urban Jungle agrees Appointed Representative deal with Wired Back Ltd

Urban Jungle has confirmed a deal with Wired Back Ltd to act as its Principal in an Appointed Represenative arrangement.

Our CEO, Jimmy Williams said “Our priority has always been getting Urban Jungle into the market quickly, so we can start working hard at helping young people get great home cover. This deal allows us to do exactly that, giving us the regulatory umbrella and oversight that we need to launch into this highly regulated space.”

The arrangement was authorised by the FCA in early June, with Urban Jungle now having all of the permissions it needs to launch in the near future.

Urban Jungle completes its angel funding round: A note from our CEO

Jimmy Williams

Urban Jungle CEO

Over the last couple of months, alongside working really hard at building the world’s best insurance business, we’ve been raising some angel capital.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that we have completed our angel funding round, which both injects capital in to the business, and brings with it a wealth of financial services expertise. Our round of funding attracted investment from a set of experienced angel investors, who between them have both a huge amount of experience in the insurance industry, and a track record of starting and scaling hugely succesful fintech businesses.

This is a real endorsement for our vision of re-defining how insurance works for young people, and will support us as we grow the team, navigate regulation, and open the business to customers in the coming months.

It’s great to have our investors on board, and I’m excited about what we can achieve together in the years to come.

Now, back to the real hard work of building a product which our customers love…

Urban Jungle selected as one of the Insurance Post’s ‘insurtech startups to watch’ in 2017

In his article in February 2017, Jonathan Swift, the Content Director of the Insurance Post picked Urban Jungle as one of his ‘insurtech start-ups to watch 2017’. You can read the full article here.