India-based online insurance startup Turtlemint has raised $25m in a fresh funding round led by the Indian unit of global venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

The funding round was also joined by the existing investors including Nexus Venture Partners and Blume Ventures.

Turtlemint offers an online platform for insurance agents to sell products. At present, it has almost 25,000 partners/agents working across more than 700 cities.

The company intends to use fund to increase its partner network along with developing training materials for its partners/agents.

Turtlemint has partnered with Reliance General Insurance, Bajaj Allianz, and ICICI Lombard to offer motor, health and life insurance plans to its customers.

Nexus Venture Partners managing director Anup Gupta said: “The digitisation of the insurance value chain is a huge opportunity and benefits all the participants – customers by providing access to the right products, agents through significant business growth and productivity, and insurers through improved transparency.”

The latest funding round comes after Turtlemint raised an undisclosed amount in 2016 from Nexus and Blume Ventures.

India: a fertile ground for insurance-tech startups

The insurance-tech sector in India is flourishing. In December 2018, online startup Acko General Insurance reportedly raised $25m from Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal. Earlier, in May it raised $12m in a funding round led by e-commerce giant Amazon.

In July, Go Digit Infoworks Services, the parent company of online insurance startup Digit Insurance, raised $45m from existing investor Fairfax.

In June, ETechAces Marketing & Consulting that manages online insurance selling platform, raised over $200m in a funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund.