NEW YORK, June 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hiscox, the global specialist insurer, is introducing two major new initiatives as part of its Encourage Courage brand platform aimed at U.S. businesses. Today, Hiscox released its new original digital docuseries, Courageous Leaders, exclusively across Vox Media's seven brands including Vox.com, The Verge, Curbed and SB Nation. Hiscox also today announced its sponsorship with mass-participation series Tough Mudder including industry specific promotions and a presence across all of Tough Mudder's U.S. events.
Courageous Leaders is a series of candid conversations with successful entrepreneurs including Foursquare Co-founder/CEO Dennis Crowley, Thrillist Co-founder/CEO Ben Lerer and Interior Designer/TV Personality Ross Cassidy, about how they found their courage and embraced risk to succeed in life and business. All six episodes are now available here. Hiscox's previous original series, the award-winning scripted comedy Leap Year, received over 10 million views across two seasons. Courageous Leaders was produced for Hiscox in collaboration with Prosek Partners' UNboxd, Iris Mediaworks and Vox Creative and is hosted by Hartley Sawyer.
Hiscox's sponsorship of Tough Mudder, a series of obstacle course challenges focused on strength, stamina, mental grit, team-work and camaraderie, includes industry specific promotions and Hiscox Encourage Courage branding at all U.S. events through the end of 2015. The Hiscox Courage Zone will be in place for 22 Tough Mudder obstacle challenges throughout the U.S., including New York City's inaugural Urban Mudder, to physically bring to life the Hiscox commitment to encourage courage in all of its forms, as well as offer participants and spectators an opportunity to win a "courageous adventure."
"Courage is an essential ingredient to success. Small business owners are faced with risks and challenges every day. And they need to face these challenges head on to keep growing," said Russell Findlay, Head of Marketing for Hiscox USA. "Our Encourage Courage platform applauds those who have taken on new challenges – from taking the leap to start a business, hiring their first employee, or expanding into something bigger. Encourage Courage is about celebrating the positive power of risk and getting beyond its paralyzing properties. Through this platform, Hiscox hopes to help others find the courage to take a risk and live their dreams."
Hiscox specializes in insurance for small business owners, such as professional liability (errors and omissions insurance) and commercial general liability customized for a range of fields including IT, consulting, marketing, photography, real estate, beauty and health. Hiscox offers business insurance quotes direct and online in real-time along with other liability insurance products, such as business owners policies. Since launching their groundbreaking online service in the U.S. in 2010, Hiscox has received an average customer service rating of 4.8 out of 5 and 96% of those surveyed would recommend Hiscox (Feefo customer surveys).
About Hiscox Small Business Insurance
Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange UK:HSX. Hiscox is the first company in the U.S. to offer insurance for small businesses direct, online, and in real-time. We provide professional liability, general liability and business owner's insurance, underwritten by Chicago-based Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., which is rated 'A' (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Additional information can be found on the Why Choose Hiscox? page. Coverages are subject to underwriting and may not be available in all states.
Hiscox also provides professional liability, property and specialty insurance to U.S. businesses through US-based brokers. This communication does not constitute a solicitation of business by Hiscox's syndicates at Lloyd's, London.
About Tough Mudder
Tough Mudder Inc. was founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone. Dubbed "Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet," each Tough Mudder endurance challenge tests participants' toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork. In 2015, Tough Mudder will host more than 50 events in countries worldwide. For the schedule of 2015 event dates and locations, visit www.ToughMudder.com. To join the conversation, follow Tough Mudder on Facebook at facebook.com/toughmudder, on Twitter @ToughMudder, and on Instagram @Tough_Mudder.
CONTACT: Hunter Hoffmann, Hiscox USA (646) 442-8341 firstname.lastname@example.org