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QBE opens applications for annual Resilience Challenge

Start-ups and entrepreneurs working to help make cities more equitable, sustainable and resilient are invited to compete for USD$150,000 in prize funding in the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge.

The global social innovation competition has launched and is open to start-ups from around the world whose ventures are helping to make cities more resilient. In partnership with Leading Cities, QBE AcceliCITY seeks innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing cities in order to accelerate their growth and adoption.

Jason Harris, CEO of QBE International, said: “At QBE, we’re committed to help people and businesses protect themselves from risk and build resiliency. With this in mind, I am excited to announce the launch of this year’s challenge. Our aim is to find and support entrepreneurs and start-ups whose ventures are developing innovative solutions to help make cities more sustainable and resilient.”

Michael Lake, president and CEO of Leading Cities, said: "QBE AcceliCITY provides start-ups, entrepreneurs and city leaders with the opportunity to work together to build cities that will stand resilient against the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century."

“There are many complex threats facing cities across the globe. By accelerating the deployment of innovative technological solutions, while also increasing the awareness and confidence that city leaders have in these new solutions, we are also accelerating the resiliency of cities everywhere,” he added. 

Through Leading Cities’ accelerator program, participants will be given the opportunity to tap into an 10-week curriculum and the wealth of expertise at QBE through one-on-one expert mentoring, speed gatherings, and engagement with QBE Ventures, the venture investment and development arm of QBE.

This year marks the first time a local program is being run for Europe. A separate program will be run in tandem with entrants from North America and Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with ten finalists selected from across all regions to come together and compete in a final live pitch event.

Of these ten, one winner will be awarded USD$100,000 and two People’s Choice runners up will each be awarded USD$25,000 in cash prizes, along with additional resources and introductions to valuable networks and collaboration opportunities to help scale their initiatives.

Previous challenge winners include DrugViu, which aims to create greater health equity for people of colour, and Bioo, a company that creates 100% renewable energy through plants.

Submissions close 30 April 2022, with finalists to be announced in September 2022. To apply or find out more about the challenge, please visit


For more information:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,

About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2021 was US$18.5 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large customer base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our customers’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping customers improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.


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