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African innovators invited to apply for Swiss Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award

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Applications for the Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award are open.

The Award recognizes entrepreneurial initiatives that take innovative approaches to build resilient societies and realizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Officials say the 2020 edition of the Award will focus on innovative solutions for climate-smart agriculture, including crop and livestock production as well as aquaculture.

“We’re looking for business-minded organizations 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,” officials say.

In order to qualify for participation, the tech project you are working on should be looking to address: Climate mitigation and resource conservation; climate adaptation and risk management; increased productivity and food security; improved revenue opportunities for farmers; financial inclusion of farmers.

Successful entrepreneurs will be rewarded through grants, coaching, and technical advice.

“The Swiss Re Foundation Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award comprises a financial grant from the Swiss Re Foundation and, depending on the nature, scope, and needs of the enterprise, non-financial contributions such as coaching and technical advice from Swiss Re employees and coaches,” say officials.

“Three finalists pitch their ventures face-to-face to an independent award jury of senior Swiss Re experts, academic representatives and selected Swiss Re clients. 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.”

Get more details and apply here before September 16.

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