June update: Flying high ✈️
Five highlights from a fun-packed June!
We won the British Airways’ “Pitch on a Plane” competition 🏆
British Airways recently ran a competition with Founders Factory, where they were looking for the most innovative travel start-up. It was a bit of a crazy process, with a live Q&A with BA executives who were 30,000ft in the sky, and concluding with a pitch at the Founders Forum event, and WE WON! It’s brilliant to get this recognition from someone like BA, and the prize is pretty cool too - free advertising in the BA magazine, a meeting with the CEO of Founders Forum, and a bunch of air miles! We also pitched in a couple of other competitions, including appearing as one of seven fintechs at St. James’ Palace as part of the Pitch@Palace competition sponsored by Prince Andrew. But we didn’t win that one, unfortunately.
We launched group travel insurance 🚀
One of the things we get asked about most often is whether you can buy travel cover together with a partner or friend. So we decided to respond by making it super easy to do exactly that. Not only will it save you the time and hassle of buying separate policies, but you can also save more with every person you add.
We’ve also made lots of other improvements, like reducing the limitations around covering people who have a pre-existing medical condition. Previously, we couldn’t cover anyone who’d had a medical condition within the past five years. We just changed this so we can now cover anyone so long as they haven’t had a medical condition within the past year. Next step: improving even more by covering people who do have medical conditions! Watch this space.
We closed a fundraising round 💸
We’re delighted to have raised £300k and closed the first part of our seed round. This takes our total money raised so far to £440k, meaning we can continue to grow our team, expand our offering, and ultimately work towards our mission of helping you make the most of your travels. The second part of this round will be running a Crowdfunding campaign in the next couple of months, so keep an eye out for that if you fancy a piece of Pluto.
We’ve started work on our mobile app and we need you to help us test it 🧪
We understand that travel insurance can be one of these things that you buy, and feel like you get nothing in return unless you need to make a claim (which can be a world of pain in itself).
So we’re building a mobile app that acts as your travel companion, helping you make the most of your cover and providing some nice other bits to help you get the most out of your travels. Things like a free lounge pass if your flights are delayed, and 24/7 access to a GP if you’re unwell abroad. We’ve just kicked off work on the app and we’d love to test it out with members of our community as soon as it’s ready in a couple of months time. If you’re up for it, just enter your name here.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading!