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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 2020 award cycle, we focused on supporting innovative solutions for climate-smart agriculture, including crop and livestock production as well as aquaculture. To be eligible for the award, an enterprise must take a business-minded approach to providing tools, technologies and approaches enabling smallholder and/or medium scale farmers in low-income communities to carry out agricultural activities in a way that is both environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial.

The 2020 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award winner, AMAATI, was selected from three finalists by a jury of Swiss Re senior executives, an academic representative and a Swiss Re clients at a virtual award ceremony on 20 May 2020.

AMAATI and runners-up Climate Smart Group Brazil and Tulaa will share the prize money of USD 700 000. In addition to the financial contributions the winner and the two runners-up will also benefit from coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees with relevant expertise.

2020 Resilience Award Winner

Winner 2020: Empowering women to farm smarter

AMAATI processes and markets fonio produced by women farmers in Ghana’s Northern Region.

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2019 Resilience Award Winner

Winner 2019: Transforming healthcare in Kenya

CarePay is connecting millions to healthcare on its mobile health payments platform.

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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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