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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 2019 award cycle, we focused on innovative solutions that offer better access to healthcare for households in low-income communities. To be eligible for the award, an enterprise must take a business-minded approach to tackling behavioural, knowledge, infrastructure, financial and/or other barriers to such households’ access to healthcare solutions – from prevention to treatment.

The 2019 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award winner, CarePay, was selected from three finalists by a jury of Swiss Re senior executives and academic representatives at an award ceremony in Beijing (China) on 16 May 2019.

CarePay and runners-up Yibao Plan and Fyodor Biotechnologies will share the prize money of USD 700 000, with CarePay receiving USD 300 000. The two runners-up, Yibao Plan and Fyodor Biotechnologies, will receive grants of USD 250 000 and USD 150 000, respectively. Over the next two years all three finalists will also receive coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees with relevant expertise.

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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