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One award.
One program.
One mindset.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year is highly respected across the globe as an award, as a program, and, even more importantly, as a mindset. Since 1986, EY has been committed to the unique Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program, which specifically recognizes the achievements of entrepreneurs.

The program, which was launched in the US, has now spread to over 70 countries. The associated Entrepreneur Of The Year competition is the world's biggest and most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.

The global network of 50,000 entrepreneurs continues to grow, with 5,000 nominees and 1,200 finalists added each year. In Switzerland, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year success story began in 1998. Since then, up to 50 entrepreneurs have applied for the competition every year. The jury selects one award winner from a shortlist of three finalists in each category.

You too can join the world's largest community of entrepreneurs and benefit from this unique program.

Official program partners:

EY - Credit Suisse

Sponsors:

EY - Sponsoren

How participants are assessed

Credibility is crucial to the success of any competition. The Entrepreneur Of The Year is underpinned by clear rules, binding criteria and qualified jurors who are completely independent.

The jury:

  • Bernhard Alpstaeg, owner, Swisspor Group, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007
  • Brigitte Breisacher, CEO of Alpnach Holding AG
  • Claude Cornaz, CEO of Vetropack Holding AG and Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
  • Dr. Beat Curti, entrepreneur
  • Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, ETH Zurich and University of St. Gallen (HSG)
  • Dr. Paul J. Hälg, CEO of Dätwyler Holding AG
  • Dr. Edouard Pfister, Chairman of Sonceboz SA and FBN Western Switzerland
  • Sébastien Tondeur, CEO of MCI Group Holding SA and Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger, Director of the Center for Family Business, University of St. Gallen

The assessment criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and acting as a role model
  • Financial performance and business growth
  • Strategic direction of the business
  • Global and sustainable impact of entrepreneurial activity
  • Innovation and future prospects of products or services

The categories:

  • Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences
  • Trade/Services
  • Emerging Entrepreneur for start-ups in operation for over two years
  • Family Business for businesses in the third and subsequent generations

What does participation involve?

There are only four steps leading up to the Entrepreneur Of The Year award. You take the first step and we do the rest. We want to ensure that the competition is as fantastic an experience for you as it has been for others.

Four simple steps to participating:

  1. Complete the nomination form and submit it by 29 April 2016.
    Time needed: no more than 60 minutes.
  2. We contact you to arrange an interview.
    Time needed: approx. 90 minutes.
  3. We submit your application and our impressions to the jury by the end of July 2016. The jury comes to a decision independently. The jury may arrange a face-to-face meeting with you in August 2016.
    Time needed: 90 minutes.
  4. You attend the award ceremony in Lausanne on 28 October 2016, culminating in the announcement of the winner of Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Terms and conditions of entry and rules:

  • The entrepreneur must be responsible for their business and play an active role in and hold a significant stake in the company
  • The company must be based in Switzerland and a significant proportion of the value must be generated in Switzerland
  • Staff of at least 40 (10 for start-ups)
  • Business must have been in existence for at least eight years (two for start-ups)
  • Minimum of CHF 10 million in annual revenue (CHF 1 million for start-ups)
  • Family businesses: at least three generations actively involved in running the business

Costs and benefits

Entrepreneurs are risk-takers. They weigh up the options, invest in their vision and have an optimistic mindset. With the Entrepreneur Of The Year, it's a win-win situation for everyone.

Time commitment

  • 60 minutes: complete the nomination form (March–May)
  • 90 minutes: interview with EY (May–June)
  • 90 minutes: jury meets the leading candidates (July–August)
  • 1 night (award ceremony): award and recognition of competitors

Benefits

  • Eight jurors conduct a valuable review of business competence and strategy completely free of charge
  • This is a unique award, and the competition enhances the profile of your business enormously
  • Ten events – held exclusively by and for entrepreneurs

Award Night

A unique event for entrepreneurs.

The 2016 award ceremony

The Entrepreneur Of The Year award ceremony is the pinnacle event that brings the competition to a close. This is the evening when the finalists and winners are honored and their entrepreneurial achievements are recognized.

EY Switzerland bestows the coveted Entrepreneur Of The Year award at a grand award ceremony in October. This award, which is recognized both nationally and internationally, showcases Switzerland's most innovative and successful entrepreneurs.

Up to 350 guests celebrate the achievements of capable, inspiring and exceptional Swiss entrepreneurs. The evening is also an excellent opportunity for networking.

The award ceremony will be held at Hotel Royal Savoy in Lausanne on 28 October 2016.

The 2015 award ceremony

The 2015 competition featured a broad spectrum of participants. Find out which entrepreneurs went before the panel of jurors and read their background stories.

On 23 October 2015, the vitality of Switzerland's entrepreneurship was on impressive display. The winners of the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition were announced in Zurich to enthusiastic applause from over 300 guests. You can find some snapshots of the 2015 award ceremony here.

Program

The opportunities and benefits of Entrepreneur Of The Year.

National events

Members of the Entrepreneur Of The Year network enjoy many benefits. Extensive, personal interaction with other entrepreneurs is a key element.

A variety of platforms are available for local networking:

  • Alumni network for Swiss participants
  • Entrepreneur Club for discussing topical business issues
  • Family Business Roundtables for issues of interest to family businesses
  • Exclusive trips for finalists of the Swiss competition
  • Award night – the annual award ceremony for Switzerland's top entrepreneurs
  • Professional events covering issues of current interest to entrepreneurs

International events

We visit exciting markets, meet entrepreneurs in other countries and share ideas across borders. Find out more about our international program.

If you have international interests, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has a great deal to offer:

  • Club weekends for participants in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein
  • Annual study trips to markets of interest to entrepreneurs
  • Strategic growth forums on topical business issues, future prospects and market opportunities in various regions across the globe
  • NextGen Academy with workshops for the next generation

Current events

We bring stakeholders together to discuss topics affecting you in Switzerland. Find out more about our national program.

"Retreat" study trip to Vietnam

Once a year, there is an opportunity to join former participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on an exclusive study trip to markets of interest to entrepreneurs.

Our next trip, to Vietnam, will take place between 12 and 17 September 2016.

Hall of Fame

Find out who belongs to this elite group.

2015

  • EY - Maxime Ballanfat, NOVAE RESTAURATION SA, Gewinner

    Maxime Ballanfat, NOVAE RESTAURATION SA, winner


    EY - Pascal Meyer, QoQa Services SA, Finalist

    Pascal Meyer, QoQa Services SA, finalist


    EY - Wim Ouboter, Micro Mobility Systems AG, Finalist

    Wim Ouboter, Micro Mobility Systems AG, finalist

  • EY - Roger und Marcel Baumer, Hälg Building Services Group, Gewinner

    Roger and Marcel Baumer, Hälg Building Services Group, winners


    EY - Daniel Bloch, Chocolats Camille Bloch SA, Finalist

    Daniel Bloch, Chocolats Camille Bloch SA, finalist


    EY - Hermann Rosen, Rosen Swiss Holding AG, Finalist

    Hermann Rosen, Rosen Swiss Holding AG, finalist

  • EY - Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, Gewinner

    Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, winner


    EY - Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken SA, Finalist

    Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken SA, finalist

    EY - Pascal Kaufmann und Marc Vontobel, Starmind International AG, Finalisten

    Pascal Kaufmann and Marc Vontobel, Starmind International AG, finalists

  • EY - Dr. Pietro Supino, Tamedia AG, Gewinner

    Dr. Pietro Supino, Tamedia AG, winner


    EY - Gabriela Manser, Goba AG, Finalist

    Gabriela Manser, Goba AG, finalist


    EY - Matthias und Raphael Bachmann, Confiseur Bachmann AG, Finalisten

    Matthias and Raphael Bachmann, Confiseur Bachmann AG, finalists

2014

  • EY - Martin und Beat Jucker, Jucker Farm AG, Gewinner

    Martin and Beat Jucker, Jucker Farm AG, winners


    EY - Patrick Burkhalter, Ergon Informatik AG, Finalist

    Patrick Burkhalter, Ergon Informatik AG, finalist


    EY - Alain Borle, Pac Team Group, Finalist

    Alain Borle, Pac Team Group, finalist


    EY - Helene Niedhart, Cat Aviation AG, Finalistin

    Helene Niedhart, Cat Aviation AG, finalist

  • EY - Otto Hofstetter, Otto Hofstetter Gruppe, Gewinner

    Otto Hofstetter, Otto Hofstetter Group, winner


    EY - Beat Guhl, Sky­Frame AG, Finalist

    Beat Guhl, Sky­Frame AG, finalist


    EY - Thomas Würsch, CP Pumpen AG, Finalist

    Thomas Würsch, CP Pumpen AG, finalist

  • EY - Viktor Calabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, Gewinner

    Viktor Calabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, winner


    EY - Tobias Häckermann, Sherpany AG, Finalist

    Tobias Häckermann, Sherpany AG, finalist

  • EY - Hans und Thomas Rüegg, Baumann Federn AG, Gewinner

    Hans and Thomas Rüegg, Baumann Federn AG, winners

2013

  • EY - Deniz und Kadir Ugur, Ugur Bentour Türkei Reisen AG, Gewinner

    Deniz and Kadir Ugur, Ugur Bentour Türkei Reisen AG, winners


    EY - Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, Finalist

    Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, finalist

  • EY - Rolf A. Sonderegger, Kistler­Gruppe, Gewinner

    Rolf A. Sonderegger, Kistler­Group, winner


    EY - Didi Serena, LK International AG, Finalist

    Didi Serena, LK International AG, finalist


    EY - Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Finalist

    Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, finalist

  • EY - Jan Schoch, Leonteq Securities AG, Gewinner

    Jan Schoch, Leonteq Securities AG, winner


    EY - Viktor Clabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, Finalist

    Viktor Clabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, finalist


    EY - Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, Finalist

    Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, finalist

  • EY - Christoph Tobler, Sefar Holding AG, Gewinner

    Christoph Tobler, Sefar Holding AG, winner


    EY - Jürg Läderach, Confiseur Läderach AG, Finalist

    Jürg Läderach, Confiseur Läderach AG, finalist


    EY - Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Finalist

    Max Renggli, Renggli AG, finalist

  • EY - Hans Huber , Ehrenpräsident SFS Holding AG

    Hans Huber , Honorary President of SFS Holding AG

Publications

A wealth of information for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur by EY

Entrepreneur by EY (German, 4.5 MB)
Magazine for entrepreneurial competence

EY - Exceptional Magazine February – Juni 2016

Exceptional Magazine February – Juni 2016(3.12 MB)
Germany, Switzerland and Austria

EY - Coming home or breaking free?

Coming home or breaking free?(1.02 MB)
A close look at the career aspirations of the children of business owners.

EY - Family Philanthropy

Family Philanthropy (German, 3.78 MB)
Shaping society – for the benefit of business.

EY - Digitalisierung bei KMU

Digitalisierung bei KMU (German, 81 KB)
Findings from brief survey, February 2016

EY - Global Forensic Data Data Survey

Global Forensic Data Data Survey(2.7 MB)
Current trends and future developments.

EY - Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
OECD BEPS Project: Summary and outlook.

Contacts

Do you have questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Heinrich Christen,
Partner Leader Entrepreneur Of The Year Schweiz
Tel.: +41 58 289 34 85
Email: Heinrich Christen

Brigitte Meyer
Program Manager
Tel.: +41 58 289 36 78
Email: Brigitte Meyer

Frédéric Tissot
Family Business & Mid Market Services (French-speaking Switzerland)
Tel.: +41 58 289 43 83
Email: Frédéric Tissot

Sascha Stahl
Family Business & Mid Market Services (German-speaking Switzerland)
Telefon: +41 58 289 43 90
Email: Sascha Stahl

Hall of Fame 2015

Trade/Services

Maxime Ballanfat, NOVAE RESTAURATION SA, winner

EY - Maxime Ballanfat, NOVAE RESTAURATION SA, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2015

Trade/Services

Pascal Meyer, QoQa Services SA, finalist

EY - Pascal Meyer, QoQa Services SA, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Trade/Services

Wim Ouboter, Micro Mobility Systems AG, finalist

EY - Wim Ouboter, Micro Mobility Systems AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Roger and Marcel Baumer, Hälg Building Services Group, winners

EY - Roger und Marcel Baumer, Hälg Building Services Group, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2015

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Daniel Bloch, Chocolats Camille Bloch SA, finalist

EY - Daniel Bloch, Chocolats Camille Bloch SA, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Hermann Rosen, Rosen Swiss Holding AG, finalist

EY - Hermann Rosen, Rosen Swiss Holding AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Emerging Entrepreneur

Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, winner

EY - Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2015

Emerging Entrepreneur

Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken SA, finalist

EY - Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken SA, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Emerging Entrepreneur

Pascal Kaufmann and Marc Vontobel, Starmind International AG, finalists

EY - Pascal Kaufmann und Marc Vontobel, Starmind International AG, Finalisten

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Hall of Fame 2015

Family Business

Dr. Pietro Supino, Tamedia AG, winner

EY - Dr. Pietro Supino, Tamedia AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2015

Family Business

Gabriela Manser, Goba AG, finalist

EY - Gabriela Manser, Goba AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2015

Family Business

Matthias and Raphael Bachmann, Confiseur Bachmann AG, finalists

EY - Matthias und Raphael Bachmann, Confiseur Bachmann AG, Finalisten

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Hall of Fame 2014

Trade/Services

Martin and Beat Jucker, Jucker Farm AG, winners

EY - Martin und Beat Jucker, Jucker Farm AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2014

Trade/Services

Patrick Burkhalter, Ergon Informatik AG, finalist

EY - Patrick Burkhalter, Ergon Informatik AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2014

Trade/Services

Alain Borle, Pac Team Group, finalist

EY - Alain Borle, Pac Team Group, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2014

Trade/Services

Helene Niedhart, Cat Aviation AG, finalist

EY - Helene Niedhart, Cat Aviation AG, Finalistin

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Hall of Fame 2014

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Otto Hofstetter, Otto Hofstetter Gruppe, winner

EY - Otto Hofstetter, Otto Hofstetter Gruppe, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2014

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Beat Guhl, Sky­Frame AG, finalist

EY - HBeat Guhl, Sky­Frame AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2014

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Thomas Würsch, CP Pumpen AG, finalist

EY - Thomas Würsch, CP Pumpen AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2014

Emerging Entrepreneur

Viktor Calabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, winner

EY - Viktor Calabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2014

Emerging Entrepreneur

Tobias Häckermann, Sherpany AG, finalist

EY - Tobias Häckermann, Sherpany AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2014

Family Business

Hans and Thomas Rüegg, Baumann Federn AG, winners

EY - Hans und Thomas Rüegg, Baumann Federn AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2013

Trade/Services

Deniz and Kadir Ugur, Ugur Bentour Türkei Reisen AG, winners

EY - Deniz und Kadir Ugur, Ugur Bentour Türkei Reisen AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2013

Trade/Services

Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, finalist

EY - Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Rolf A. Sonderegger, Kistler­Gruppe, winner

EY - Rolf A. Sonderegger, Kistler­Gruppe, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2013

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Didi Serena, LK International AG, finalist

EY - Didi Serena, LK International AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Industry/Hightech/Life Sciences

Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, finalist

EY - Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Emerging Entrepreneur

Jan Schoch, Leonteq Securities AG, winner

EY - Jan Schoch, Leonteq Securities AG, Gewinner

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Hall of Fame 2013

Emerging Entrepreneur

Viktor Clabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, finalist

EY - Viktor Clabrò, STAFF FINDER AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Emerging Entrepreneur

Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, finalist

EY - Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, InSphero AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Family Business

Christoph Tobler, Sefar Holding AG, winner

EY - Christoph Tobler, Sefar Holding AG, Gewinne

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Hall of Fame 2013

Family Business

Jürg Läderach, Confiseur Läderach AG, finalist

EY - Jürg Läderach, Confiseur Läderach AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Family Business

Max Renggli, Renggli AG, finalist

EY - Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Finalist

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Hall of Fame 2013

Master Entrepreneur

Hans Huber, Ehrenpräsident SFS Holding AG
EY - Hans Huber, Ehrenpräsident SFS Holding AG

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