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Atlanta Inno Names Buckle to 2021 Fire Awards

Buckle contributes to Atlanta’s thriving and innovation ecosystem with comprehensive, affordable auto insurance for rideshare and delivery drivers

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — June 8, 2021 — Buckle, an inclusive tech-enabled financial services company, has been named to Atlanta Inno's 2021 Fire Awards list, recognizing 50 companies contributing to the city’s thriving local tech scene. Last year, Buckle launched the first of its kind rideshare auto insurance to eligible Lyft drivers in Georgia, and has since launched rideshare and delivery auto insurance specifically for gig economy drivers in Illinois and Tennessee. Buckle’s Atlanta office is home to the company’s customer service and sales organizations.

“Underwriting auto insurance policies for gig drivers based on traditional credit scoring and incomes of salaried employees leaves these workers with high premiums,” said Dustin Walsey, co-founder and President of Buckle. “I recognized gig workers needed better access to affordable, comprehensive financial products. We are excited to be helping many gig drivers in Georgia and other states to achieve financial freedom. Thanks to Atlanta Inno for including us among the companies contributing to Atlanta’s tech economy.”

When underwriting auto policies, Buckle foregoes the outdated credit score methodology, using technologies and non-traditional data sources available on gig workers that traditional insurers do not have access to, including driving track records, crowdsourced from thousands of trips. This allows Buckle to provide affordable, full coverage auto insurance to this new risk class that falls in-between non-prime and deep sub-prime.

The 50 Atlanta Inno Fire Award companies show why the city is emerging as a tech hub, either because of their own success or how they’ve uplifted other companies in the ecosystem. These companies released new products, had high revenue growth, raised funding rounds, made acquisitions, expanded their teams or showed potential to disrupt their sectors with their innovations.

The list captures investment firms, incubators, growth startups, and early-stage companies in various industries. A panel of judges will select one Inno Blazer winner from each of the 10 categories.

For rideshare and delivery driver interested in receiving a quote on better auto insurance in Georgia, Tennessee or Illinois at fair prices without a credit check, go to or call 1.866.828.2553.

For the full list of Atlanta Inno's 2021 Fire Awards winners, go to:

About Buckle

Buckle is the inclusive, digital financial services company serving the emerging middle class and providers to the gig economy. Using a portfolio of technologies and data sources, Buckle provides insurance and credit products to those who earn less than the average American wage and are subsequently penalized for having poor or no credit. Connect with Buckle on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Visit

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