16 September 2019.


Will be published here in November 2019.



The Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

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. While resilience is the core theme of this annual programme, its specific focus changes from year to year.

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Our 2020 award will focus on innovative solutions for climate-smart agriculture[i], including crop and livestock production as well as aquaculture. We’re looking for business-minded organisations that provide tools, technologies and approaches enabling smallholder and/or medium scale farmers in low-income communities to carry out agricultural activities in a way that is both environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Innovation.
  • Management.
  • Finance.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Application deadline: 16 Sep 2019.
  • Selection of the top 12 candidates: 7 Nov 2019.
  • Oral interviews: 8 Nov 2019 – 10 Jan 2020.
  • Selection of top 6 candidates: 30 Jan 2020.
  • On-Site due diligence: 31 Jan -03 Apr 2020.
  • Selection of 3 finalists: 23 Apr 2020.
  • Award ceremony (tbc):  May/June 2020.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

We encourage enterprises that fit the above-described scope and meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Level of maturity:
    Are established as formal start-ups, growing and on a clear path to full or partial financial sustainability (eg 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 and technology focus:
    Leverage technology or an innovation in product or service delivery to deliver value to smallholder and/or medium scale farmers in low-income countries.
  • Mission and purpose:
    Have a strong social purpose while using commercial mechanisms to achieve sustainability and scale.
  • Target group:
    Serve smallholder and/or medium scale farmers involved in crop production, livestock production, and/or aquaculture. Low-income and resource-constrained farmers should be a clear focus and priority and/or represent more than 30% of people served. Candidates should have a deep understanding of their end users’ specific circumstances and address the social and climate-related challenges they face.
  • Geography:
    Ideally, operate in low-income communities.
  • Candidates should have the following team members available to participate at the following stages:

The founder(s), for a one- to two-hour interview between mid-November 2019 and mid-January of 2020 (top 12 candidates).

The management, to receive representatives of the Swiss Re Foundation for two days of on-site due diligence between February and early April 2020 (top 6 candidates).

At least one founder, for coaching sessions between April and May 2020 to prepare a pitch for the face-to-face event and award ceremony (3 finalists).

The team, to collaborate with the Swiss Re Foundation on preparing a brief video about the enterprise in the second half of April 2020 (3 finalists); the video must be ready no later than three weeks before the award ceremony.

At least one founder, to make an in-person pitch for the enterprise in May/June 2020 (tbc).

  • Ventures that address one or more of the following areas are welcome to apply: Climate mitigation and resource conservation; climate adaptation and risk management; increased productivity and food security; improved revenue opportunities for farmers; financial inclusion of farmers. A more detailed description of the approaches targeted by the award can be found in the appendix “Scope“.

Opportunity Cost


  • The total prize money of USD 700,000 is divided among the winner (which receives up to USD 350,000) and the two runners-up.
  • Finalists will be contacted individually to arrange travel and accommodation (the costs of which will be defrayed by the Foundation).

How to Apply

First Step: Complete the online questionnaire.

Second Step: Submit the questionaire

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This Scholarship Published by:
Mustafa Abulhamd / Egypt

Reviewed by” Hanine Aymen/ Egypt

& Eman Fadel Ali / Egypt “
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MARJ3 Scholarships team