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One Award.
One Program.
One Approach.

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

Who and What Is Being Evaluated

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:

  • Dr. Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli, Vice-President for Innovation and Technology Transfer, EPFL
  • Claude Cornaz, CEO, Vetropack Holding AG, Bülach, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
  • Dr. Beat Curti, Entrepreneur, Erlenbach ZH
  • Dr. Paul J. Hälg, CEO, Dätwyler Holding AG / VRP Sika
  • Dr. Sara & Christoph Hürlimann, founders of zahnarztzentrum.ch AG, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010
  • Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, CEO InSphero AG, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015
  • Simon Michel, CEO, Ypsomed AG
  • Dr. Edouard Pfister, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sonceboz SA, FBN Romandie
  • Sébastien Tondeur, CEO, MCI Group Holding SA, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011
  • Dr. Thomas Zellweger, Director of the Center for Family Business/ University of St. Gallen HSG

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

The Nomination Process

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. Fill out the nomination sheet and send it in by April 28, 2017.
    Duration: At most 60 minutes
  2. We will contact you and conduct an interview.
    Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
  3. By the end of July 2017, we will provide the jury with your documents and our impressions. The jury will make an independent decision. If necessary, the jury may want to meet with you in person in August 2017.
    Duration: 90 minutes
  4. On October 27, 2017, you will travel to the gala in Interlaken. Together, we will witness the jury’s decision on the 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 2017 Gala

The gala is the highlight of the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” competition. In this festive gala, we recognize outstanding entrepreneurial performances together and award the most famous prize worldwide in this field.

In 2017, we’ll also be celebrating our 20th anniversary.

The 2016 Gala

The 2016 competition featured a broad spectrum of participants. Find out which entrepreneurs went before the panel of jurors and read their background stories.

On 28 October 2016, the vitality of Switzerland's entrepreneurship was on impressive display. The winners of the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition were announced in Lausanne to enthusiastic applause from over 300 guests. You can find some snapshots of the 2016 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 together opinion leaders and discuss topics affecting you in Switzerland. Find out more about our national program.

EOY Club 2017

Founders often market themselves as the rock stars among entrepreneurs. But is success just a matter of attitude? We will discuss this question during a panel in the startup space in Schlieren.

Hall of Fame

Find out who belongs to this elite group.

2016

  • EY - Olivier Brourhant, Amaris Group SA, winner

    Olivier Brourhant, Amaris Group SA, winner


    EY - Roland Brack, brack.ch AG, finalist

    Roland Brack, brack.ch AG, finalist


    EY - Stefan Honegger, Honegger Management AG, finalist

    Stefan Honegger, Honegger Management AG, finalist


    EY - Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, finalist

    Raymond Knigge, Interiman Group Services SA, finalist


    EY - Dr. Jakob Limacher, Thomas Suter, Christian Zindel, Kalaidos Bildungsgruppe, finalist

    Dr. Jakob Limacher, Thomas Suter, Christian Zindel, Kalaidos Bildungsgruppe, finalist

  • EY - Willi Miesch, Medartis AG, winner

    Willi Miesch, Medartis AG, winner


    EY - Kamila Markram, Frontiers Media SA, finalist

    Kamila Markram, Frontiers Media SA, finalist


    EY - Marc Ehrlich, VIPA Lausanne S.A., finalist

    Marc Ehrlich, VIPA Lausanne S.A., finalist

  • EY - Dr. Tej Tadi, MindMaze SA, winner

    Dr. Tej Tadi, MindMaze SA, winner


    EY - Christian Meier, iNovitas AG, finalist

    Christian Meier, iNovitas AG, finalist


    EY - Raphael Oberholzer, Neeo AG, finalist

    Raphael Oberholzer, Neeo AG, finalist


    EY - Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense AG, finalist

    Francesco Dell'Endice, QualySense AG, finalist

  • EY - Hans-Rudolf Schurter, Schurter Holding AG, winner

    Hans-Rudolf Schurter, Schurter Holding AG, winner


    EY - Beat Burlet, Bucher Leichtbau AG, finalist

    Beat Burlet, Bucher Leichtbau AG, finalist


    EY - Thomas Meier-Bickel, Oetiker-Gruppe, finalist

    Thomas Meier-Bickel, Oetiker-Gruppe, finalist

2015

  • EY - Maxime Ballanfat, NOVAE RESTAURATION SA, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    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, winner

    Hans and Thomas Rüegg, Baumann Federn AG, winners

Publications

A wealth of information for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur by EY

Entrepreneur by EY (3.1 MB)
Magazin für unternehmerische Kompetenz.

Fremdmanager in Familienunternehmen

Fremdmanager in Familienunternehmen (9.2 MB)
Familienfremde Topmanager gewinnen und binden.

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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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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, winner

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