Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

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 the annual award program, its specific focus will change depending on current trends and developments.

The 2016 award focused on innovative solutions that enable the elderly to live independently at home. The following topics were in scope: smart homes, intergenerational support, health care delivery redesigned, healthy aging & preventive health, long-term care intervention, and financial solutions. You can download a more detailed overview on areas and different aspects here.

The award program involves a financial grant from the Swiss Re Foundation and, depending on the initiative’s nature, scope and needs, non-financial contributions from Swiss Re employees such as coaching and technical advice. The total prize money of CHF 800 000 was divided among the winner and the three runners-up.

Learn more on our winner and runners-up:

Winner 2016: SimpleTherapy

SimpleTherapy offers video-based, head-to-toe exercise therapy programs that help seniors improve their condition.

1st runner-up: Canary Care

Canary Care is a monitoring system designed to help people live longer independently in their own homes.

2nd runner-up: care.coach

The care coach app enables an interaction between health coaches and seniors through a talking avatar on the senior's tablet.

2nd runner-up: Kompaï

Kompaï robots assist seniors at home with drug reminders, vital signs monitoring and remote consultations.