In this interview, we had the privilege to sit down with Thomas Mannsdorfer, an exceptional investor with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. As an underwriter and partner at Nirvana Underwriting, a prominent MGA platform specializing in corporate insurance solutions for M&A transactions across Europe, Thomas has witnessed the evolution of both the insurance sector and the world of angel investing.

A Journey from Switzerland to Spain

Thomas Mannsdorfer's journey has taken him from his roots in Fribourg, Switzerland, to the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain, where he has resided for the past 11 years. With an impressive career spanning more than two decades, Thomas has unique insights into the fascinating changes that the insurance industry has undergone.

Insurance Evolution

Discussing the evolving landscape of the insurance sector, Thomas emphasizes how the industry has embraced digitalization, becoming more modern and automated than ever before. He highlights the importance of regulations that have shaped the insurance and finance sectors, ensuring the protection of consumers and insurers alike.
Thomas emphasizes the positive impact of innovations in the insurance sector, enabling the creation of tailor-made insurance products for specific industries and individual needs. This reflects a remarkable shift from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more personalized and effective strategy.

A Passion for Supporting Startups

Thomas speaks about his passion for angel investing and how COREangels Barcelona, as a platform for angel investors, has provided an avenue for individuals interested in supporting startups. He explains the democratic nature of the COREangels Model, where every investor's voice is equal, regardless of investment size.

COREangels Barcelona

Thomas reveals his involvement with COREangels Barcelona, where he has been a founding member for the past three years. He speaks of the growth of the group, boasting over 20 investors who have collectively invested in more than 14 startup companies (in 2023). Thomas describes how COREangels global community serves as a powerful business network, facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices among global angel investors.

The Role of Angel Investors

Discussing the significance of angel investors, Thomas is enthusiastic about mentoring startups and connecting them to resources they may need, beyond just capital. He emphasizes the high-risk nature of angel investing but underlines the potential for immense reward and the satisfaction of contributing to innovation.


One of the highlights of the interview is Thomas's involvement with Deale, a platform that streamlines M&A processes and connects participants more efficiently. Thomas underscores the platform's role in transforming the traditional approach to M&A, providing a space for negotiation, connection, and exploration in the digital age.

Insurance, Tech, and Innovation

Thomas's insights echo his belief in the potential of both the insurance industry and startup ecosystem. He notes the profound impact of technology, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and his excitement for supporting startups that are driving innovation in various sectors.
Thomas Mannsdorfer's journey from insurance professional to angel investor is a narrative of growth. His expertise and experiences provide a fascinating window into the future of insurance and the potential for startups to shape industries through innovation and support from dedicated angel investors.

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