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Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

The Swiss Re Foundation’s Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award recognises entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to building resilient societies and realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While resilience is the core theme of the annual award program, its specific focus changes from year to year.  

In the 2018 award cycle, we focused on innovative solutions that offer affordable access to renewable energy for households in low-income communities. To be eligible for the award, applicants had to take a business-minded approach to tackling behavioural and/or other barriers to successful adoption of renewable energy and be able to cover households’ basic energy needs.

The 2018 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award winner, Altech, was selected from three finalists by a jury of Swiss Re senior executives, academic representatives and selected Swiss Re clients at an award ceremony in Accra (Ghana) on 7 May 2018.

Altech and runners-up ColdHubs and Essmart will share the prize money of CHF 800 000. All three finalists will also receive coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees with relevant expertise.

2018 Resilience Award Winner

Winner 2018: Scaling up solar energy

Altech sells solar kits to customers in rural and poor urban areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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2016 Resilience Award Winner

Winner 2016: Virtual physical therapy for the elderly

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

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