in Partnership with AXA and Swiss Re Foundation

The increase in human’s life expectancy and demographic ageing has become one of the major challenges facing our society today. Although there is still a north-south disparity, it is a global phenomenon and since 2009, the number and proportion of elderly people has been growing faster than ever in both developed and developing countries. This gives rise to very significant economic, social and educational challenges, concerning everyone of us. However, it is also a source of barely-yet explored opportunities.

Together with AXA and Swiss Re Foundation, Impact Hub launched a global Impact Hub Fellowship, to enable entrepreneurs with innovative solutions, to address the challenges of the increase in human’s life expectancy and demographic ageing. The Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives, implemented in four different cities and countries, will nominate up to twelve initiatives and award four of them with a one year fellowship, gaining access to seed funding, focused skill development, valuable networks and a stimulating workspace at Impact Hub.

The Fellowship will be open to purpose-driven entrepreneurs, who are ambitious, aiming to revolutionise the status quo and find that collaboration is the most powerful tool to generate positive impact. Awarded will be scalable solutions in the form of products or services that enable changes in practice or behaviour in one or several of the following aspects:

  • Organisation of family life
  • Education system
  • Corporate economic life
  • Public services



The Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives is implemented in four Impact Hubs over the course of two years (2013-2015). Find detailed status updates on each of the four editions here.  

A partnership to meet the challenge of longer lives

Learn more about the objectives, challenges and projects involved in this ambitious partnership, directly from Sohel Abu (AXA), Thierry Léger (Swiss Re) and Christoph Birkholz (Impact Hub Zürich).

Who stands behind this program


Program name

Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives

Topic focus



Italy, UK, Mexico, Spain

Program duration

October 2013 - October 2015

Program partners

AXA, Swiss Re Foundation


The AXA Group is a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management. As a responsible corporate citizen, AXA strives to play a positive role in society, by building a culture that promotes employee volunteering and by helping to build better understanding of the risks faced by individuals and society at large.

Swiss Re Foundation is a non-profit organisation committed to care and concern for society and the environment. Launched in 2012 by global re/insurer Swiss Re, the Foundation aims to make people more resilient towards natural hazards, climate change, population growth, water scarcity and pandemics, along with other challenges to society's security, health and prosperity.

Impact Hubs make up a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyse impact. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community centre, Impact Hubs offer their members a unique eco-system of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.

The global Impact Hub Fellowship Association is a not-for-profit member organisation based in Zurich to promote social innovation through start-up incubation programs – Impact Hub Fellowships. Through the association, these pro-grams are globally connected, while being integrated in local Impact Hubs.