Swiss Re Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award’ to recognize entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to building resilient societies and realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Funding brief: The Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award recognizes entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to building resilient societies and realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While resilience is the core theme of this annual programme, its specific focus changes from year to year.

Our 2019 award will focus on innovative solutions that offer more and better access to healthcare for households in low-income communities. They’re looking for business-minded organizations that leverage technology to successfully tackle the behavioral, knowledge, infrastructure, financial and/or other barriers to such households’ access to healthcare solutions – from prevention to treatment.

Ventures that address one or more of the following areas are welcome to apply: access to information for patients and healthcare professionals, capacity-building of healthcare professionals, distribution and supply chain integrity, upgrading healthcare facilities and access to appropriate medical equipment and access to financing for patients. A more detailed description of the approaches targeted by the award can be found in the appendix “Scope“.

The award comprises a financial grant from the Swiss Re Foundation and, depending on the nature, scope and needs of the enterprise, non-financial contributions such as coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees and experts.

Criteria: They encourage enterprises that fit the above-described scope and meet the following criteria to apply:

Level of maturity: Are established as formal start-ups, growing and on a clear path to full or partial financial sustainability (eg if only some operations are commercially based) but still dependent on grants (or other support) to improve their business model and/or reach full financial sustainability

Innovation and technology focus: Leverage technology or an innovation in product or service delivery to deliver value to underserved populations at scale.

Mission and purpose: Have a strong social purpose while using commercial mechanisms to achieve sustainability and scale.

Target group: Serve moderately to very poor communities in rural and/or urban areas. Poor and vulnerable populations should be a clear focus and priority and/or represent more than 30% of people served. Candidates should have a deep understanding of their end users’ specific circumstances and address barriers to healthcare that they face.

Geography: Ideally, operate in low-income communities with limited/no access to quality healthcare.

Donor Name: Swiss Re Foundation
Funding name: Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

Deadline: 9th, November, 2018, 24.00 CET

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● Three finalists pitch their ventures face-to-face to an independent award jury of senior Swiss Re experts, academic representatives and selected Swiss Re clients. The total prize money of USD 700 000 is divided among the winner (which receives up to USD 350 000) and the two runners-up.

● In addition, Swiss Re employees around the world are invited to vote for their favorite of the three finalists. The finalist that garners the most votes receives the “Employee Award” and a special prize. The same enterprise may win both the Employee Award and the Resilience Award in a given year.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found
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Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: They encourage enterprises that established as formal start-ups, growing and on a clear path to full or partial financial sustainability (eg if only some operations are commercially based) but still dependent on grants (or other support) to improve their business model and/or reach full financial sustainability.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● Scope: Click to view

How to apply: To apply for the 2019 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award, complete the online questionnaire about your enterprise by 9 November 2018, 24.00 CET. Only applications completed in English and submitted by this deadline will be considered.

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