30 Sep 2017, 24.00 CET
13 Nov 2017
15 Nov - 31 Dec 2017
05 Feb 2018
06 Feb - 09 Mar 2018
09 Apr 2018
May 2018 (Date and location tbc)
The Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award recognises entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to building resilient societies and realising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Whilst resilience is the core theme of the annual award programme, its specific focus changes from year to year with current trends and developments.
The 2018 award will focus on innovative solutions that offer affordable access to renewable energy for households in low-income communities. We are looking for business-minded approaches that tackle behavioural and/or other barriers to successful adoption of renewable energy in such communities and are able to cover households’ basic needs.
The following technology areas are in scope: improved cookstoves, solar lanterns, solar home systems, decentralised grids, productive uses, mini wind turbines and biogas generators. A more detailed overview of these areas and the challenges we would like to address can be downloaded here.
The award programme involves a financial grant from the Swiss Re Foundation and, depending on the nature, scope and needs of the enterprise, non-financial contributions from Swiss Re employees, such as coaching and technical advice.
Three finalists are invited to pitch their ventures face-to-face to an independent award jury consisting of senior Swiss Re experts, academic representatives and selected Swiss Re clients. The total prize money of CHF 800 000 is divided amongst the winner (which receives up to CHF 400 000) and the two runners-up.
The award programme also offers Swiss Re employees across the world a chance to select their favourite enterprise from the three finalists. The finalist with 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.
The Foundation seeks enterprises that address the above-listed challenges and meet the following criteria:
The Resilience Award selection process consists of four phases. Applicants are informed at the end of each phase whether they have been selected to proceed to the next one.
Starting with a simple online form, applicants are required to invest more time and disclose more information if and as they progress from each stage of the selection process to the next. Depending on how far they progress, they may need to make representatives of the enterprise available for the following activities:
More information about the date and location of the face-to-face event for finalists will be published on this page in November 2017. Finalists will be contacted individually to arrange travel and accommodation (the costs of which will be defrayed by the Foundation).
To apply for the 2018 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award, complete this online questionnaire about your enterprise by 30 September 2017, 24.00 CET. Only applications completed in English and submitted by this deadline will be considered.
If you have questions or need guidance, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note on intellectual property
Application documents are distributed to a small group of Swiss Re employees and jury members who sign a confidentiality agreement in advance. All ideas submitted remain the property of the submitter.
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