2018 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award by Swiss Re Foundation

Application deadline: September 30, 2017:

The Swiss Re Foundation 2018 Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award – Putting renewables to work in low income communities is open for applications.

The 2018 award focuses on market-based approaches that tackle barriers to successful adoption of renewable energies in low-income communities. The following technologies are in scope: improved cook stoves, solar lanterns, solar home systems, decentralised grids, productive use equipment, mini wind turbines, biogas generators.

For detailed information about the scope of the Award, selection criteria and process, please click here.

The Award will consist of a grant amounting to CHF 800 000, to be split among the winner and the two runners-up alongside with non-financial contributions such as coaching and technical advice.


The Foundation seeks enterprises that address the above-listed

challenges and meet the following criteria:

Level of maturity:
Are established as formal start-ups, growing and on a clear path to full or partial financial sustainability (e.g. if only some operations are commercially based) but still dependent on grants (or other support) to improve their business model and/or reach full financial sustainability.

Innovation focus:
Understand their customers and the systemic and/or behavioural barriers that prevent broader access to and use of renewable energy. Address these barriers with their business model and provide an innovative solution, whether a technology, product, service or delivery model, to a problem faced in the respective industry.

Mission and purpose:
Have a social purpose whilst using commercial mechanisms to achieve sustainability and scale.

Operate in emerging and/or developing markets in no- or poor-grid areas.

Target group:
Serve moderately to very poor communities in rural and/or urban areas.

Applicants should fill in this online questionnaire by 30 September 2017, 24.00 CET. All applications must be submitted in English, before the deadline.


Visit the official homepage to learn more and apply.

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