2022 Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

Deadline: January 13, 2022.

The Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award 2022 is an invitation to (social) entrepreneurs working in low and middle-income countries to make healthcare financially more accessible in low-income communities.

The Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award recognises entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to build resilient societies in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Demand for affordable healthcare has increased along with the global population, and COVID-19 has only intensified the challenges of providing it. Health expenditures push an estimated 100 million people worldwide into extreme poverty every year. New approaches to financing healthcare are more urgently needed than ever.


The 2022 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award focuses on innovative solutions that increase financial access to healthcare in low-income communities. More specifically, we’re looking for innovative, market-based solutions that:
A. Increase household resources available for healthcare, such as:
1. savings solutions that make it easier and cheaper for people to allocate resources to healthcare
2. payment solutions that make healthcare more affordable and/or better adapted to cash flow constraints or that boost compliance with chronic disease treatment
3. credit solutions that allow people to pay for more expensive treatments
4. remittances from friends and family abroad to enable healthcare access
5. financial mechanisms to incentivise preventative healthcare provision and uptake

B. Reduce health shocks that can lead to poverty or economic vulnerability after a disease or an accident, such as:
1. microinsurance schemes that increase health insurance access and/or adoption
2. financial schemes that pool resources for healthcare, optimizing and improving access to affordable care for the group as a whole
3. other “safety nets” and risk mitigation mechanisms
They encourage enterprises that fall within the scope above and that meet the following criteria to apply.


  1. Mission and purpose: Applicants must have a strong social purpose and use commercial mechanisms
    to achieve sustainability and scale.
  2. Target group: At least 30% of the people served by applicants must come from poor to very poor communities. Applicants should have a deep understanding of the specific circumstances of the people they serve (eg barriers to using financial instruments to better manage their healthcare).
  3. Geography: Applicants must operate in countries that are defined as low-income and/or lower-middle-income by the World Bank.
  4. Maturity: Applicants must be formally established, serve at least 20 000 people and have the potential to reach at least 200 000 people in the coming three years.
  5. They should also be on a clear path to financial sustainability yet still require grants (or other support) to improve their business model, reach low-income households and/or attain full financial sustainability.
  6. Innovation focus: Applicants must display high levels of innovation in their product, service and/or delivery and use digital technology to deliver value to underserved populations at scale.


  1. A total grant of USD 700 000 for the three finalists. This amount is divided among the winner (which may receive up to USD 350 000) and the two runners-up and paid in instalments over two to three years.
  2. Non-financial support such as coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees and experts, tailored to each finalist’s needs
  3. The People’s Choice Award. Members of the general public are invited to vote for their favourite finalist. The recipient of the most votes receives a special prize.


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