Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award 2021 (USD $700,000 prize)

Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award 2021 (USD $700,000 prize)

Deadline: November 8, 2020

Applications are open for the Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award 2021. The 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 this annual programme, its specific focus changes from year to year.

The 2021 Resilience Award focuses on innovative solutions that increase financial access to healthcare in low-income communities. More specifically, they are looking for innovative, market-based solutions that increase the household resources available for healthcare and/or reduce health shocks that lead to poverty or economic vulnerability following a disease or an accident.

For those ventures where the financial solution is part of a more comprehensive approach, they are in scope for this award if the financial solution is both at the core of the broader approach used and innovative or distinctive in some way.


The Award comprises:

  • A total grant of USD $700,000 for three finalists. This amount is divided among the winner (which receives up to USD 350 000) and the two runners-up and paid in several instalments over one to three years;
  • Non-financial support such as coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees and experts, tailored to the needs of the ventures;
  • The Employee Award. Swiss Re employees around the world are invited to vote for their favorite Resilience Award finalist. The finalist with the most votes receives a special prize.
  • The winners of both the Resilience Award and the Employee Award will be announced in May 2021.


  • Applicants are formally established, serve at least 20,000 people and have the potential to reach at least 200,000 people in the coming three years;
  • Applicants display high levels of innovation in their product, service and/or delivery and likely use technology to deliver value to underserved populations at scale;
  • Applicants have a strong social purpose while using commercial mechanisms to achieve sustainability and scale.
  • Applicants focus on serving people living in poor to very poor communities, who should represent at least 30% of those served
  • Applicants may operate in any geography, rural and/or urban. At least one of the three finalists will come from the Americas.
  • Within the legal framework of the country in which they are registered, applicants should be allowed to receive grant funding from a Swiss non-governmental organisation.


To apply for the 2021 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award, complete the questionnaire by 8 November 2020, 23.59 CET. Only applications completed in English and submitted by this deadline will be considered.

For more information, visit Swiss Re Foundation.