Unkle sold to Luko

The neo-insurer specializing in real estate, joins Luko, the fastest growing insurtech in Europe

Luko, the fastest growing insurtech in Europe, announces the acquisition of Unkle, the first startup in the rent protection market. This comes just two months afer Luko's acquisition of the German insurtech Coya and strengthens Lukoʼs position as the number one insurtech in Europe with over 300,000 policyholders, now 3 years since its launch in 2018. This alliance will allow both companies to accelerate their growth and to offer new services.

Unkle acts as a guarantor for the tenant to consolidate their application and help them find a home. The startup also helps landlords choose their tenants with the market's first digital rental insurance. With this new acquisition, Luko is accelerating its growth in the insurance and household services sector.

This merger meets a dual ambition for the Luko Group:

-          To integrate a new insurance offer and enrich its ecosystem of services in order to support customers in accessing housing and in the rental management of a property

-          Accelerate Luko's growth by developing new distribution channels through real estate professionals

Unkle's rental guarantee solutions join the Luko ecosystem, which today supports people from home searching (Luko Immo), to financing (loan insurance), to home insurance, while also providing them with home maintenance and repair services.

Thanks to this merger, Unkle will accelerate its development and is now aiming to reach 100 000 customers and partner up with over 3500 real estate agencies by 2023. At the same time, the insurtech will be able to rely on Luko's expertise as a regulated insurer to integrate risk carrying. Unkle will become a separate business unit of the Luko Group and will remain managed by Matthieu Luneau and Cédric Baulme, its two co-founders. Unkle will also keep its brand, already well identified in the rent protection market. To support this growth, Unkle will recruit around 50 talents in 2022 who will join their current team of 30 employees.

Unkle will now offer all of Luko's services (home insurance, loan insurance, etc.), frequently requested by its customers. The contract and claims management platform that has made Luko so successful will be deployed at Unkle to deliver the insurtech's flagship promise: "insured in 2 minutes, reimbursed twice as fast and a cra􀀁sman at your door in 2 days". Both startups share a similar vision of insurance: aligning the interests of the insurer and the insured, by offering more services and better transparency in a market known to be opaque.

The startup finalized a €10 million fundraising round in January 2022 and is shaking up the unpaid rent insurance market: owners can now insure themselves directly in a few minutes and agencies see their management facilitated by the platform developed by Unkle.