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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, CEO, Deeption SA / Deputy President of the ComCom
  • Claude Cornaz, VRP, Vetropack Holding AG, Bülach, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
  • Thomas Hanan, CEO, Webrepublic AG, Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017
  • Dr. Paul J. Hälg, VRP, 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
  • Didier Maus, CEO, Maus Frères SA
  • Simon Michel, CEO, Ypsomed AG
  • Dr. Edouard Pfister, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sonceboz SA
  • Prof. 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 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 (172 KB) and send it in by the end of April. Duration: at most 60 minutes.
  2. We will contact you and conduct an interview. Duration: approximately 90 minutes.
  3. By the end of July, we will share your documents and our impressions with the jury. The jury will make an independent decision. The jury might want to meet with you in person in August as needed. Duration: 90 minutes
  4. On 25 October 2019, you will travel to the Gala at the Samsung Hall in Zurich-Stettbach. 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–April)
  • 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

  • Ten 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 2019 Gala

The gala is the highlight of the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” competition.

In this festive event, we recognize outstanding entrepreneurial performances and award the most famous prize worldwide in this field.

The 2018 Gala

The 2018 competition featured a broad spectrum of participants. Find out which entrepreneurs went before the panel of jurors and read their background stories.

On 26 October 2018, the vitality of Switzerland's entrepreneurship impressed the audience. The winners of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition were announced in Baden under enthusiastic applause.

You can find some snapshots of the 2018 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 Roundtable in Bad Ragaz
  • 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:

  • Annual study trips to markets of interest to entrepreneurs
  • Club weekend with entrepreneurs from Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein
  • Strategic growth forums on topical business issues, future prospects and market opportunities in various regions across the globe
  • Our NextGen Program 2019 with workshops for the next generation
  • Venture leaders: for Swiss start-ups ready to take over the world

Current events

We bring together opinion leaders and discuss topics affecting you in Switzerland.

Learn more about our national program.

Hall of Fame

Find out who belongs to this elite group.

2018

  • EY - Christina Mair, Caroline Staehelin & Kristina Rebsamen, Globegarden GmbH, winners

    Christina Mair, Caroline Staehelin & Kristina Rebsamen, Globegarden GmbH, winners


    EY - Philipp G. Man, Chronext AG, finalist

    Philipp G. Man, Chronext AG, finalist


    EY - Stefan Mühlemann, Swiss Fintech AG (Loanboox), finalist

    Stefan Mühlemann, Swiss Fintech AG (Loanboox), finalist

  • EY - Dr. Christian Brönnimann, Dectris AG, winner

    Dr. Christian Brönnimann, Dectris AG, winner


    EY - Romeo Corvaglia, Corvaglia Holding AG, finalist

    Romeo Corvaglia, Corvaglia Holding AG, finalist


    EY - Carlo R. Centonze, HeiQ Materials AG, finalist

    Carlo R. Centonze, HeiQ Materials AG, finalist

  • EY - Daniela & Emanuel Steiner, FELFEL AG, winners

    Daniela & Emanuel Steiner, FELFEL AG, winners


    EY - Dr. Nicolas Durand, Abionic SA, finalist

    Dr. Nicolas Durand, Abionic SA, finalist


    EY - Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

    Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

  • EY - George, Roger, Corinne & Fabian Kuratle, Kuratle Group AG, winners

    George, Roger, Corinne & Fabian Kuratle, Kuratle Group AG, winners


    EY - Jan Schibli, Hans K. Schibli AG, finalist

    Jan Schibli, Hans K. Schibli AG, finalist


    EY - Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors SA, finalist

    Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors SA, finalist

2017

  • EY - Thomas Hanan, Webrepublic AG, winner

    Thomas Hanan, Webrepublic AG, winner


    EY - Bernhard Russi, Boas Gestion SA, finalist

    Bernhard Russi, Boas Gestion SA, finalist


    EY - Simon Stampfli, Stampfli AG, finalist

    Simon Stampfli, Stampfli AG, finalist

  • EY - Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Appenzell Steinegg, winner

    Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Appenzell Steinegg, winner


    EY - Beat Zaugg, SCOTT Sports SA, finalist

    Beat Zaugg, SCOTT Sports SA, finalist


    EY - Olivier Haegeli, Willemin-Macodel SA, finalist

    Olivier Haegeli, Willemin-Macodel SA, finalist


    EY -  Marcel Meyer, Robatech AG, finalist

    Marcel Meyer, Robatech AG, finalist

  • EY - Dr. Jurgi Camblong, Sophia Genetics SA, Saint-Sulpice, winner

    Dr. Jurgi Camblong, Sophia Genetics SA, Saint-Sulpice, winner


    EY -  Dr. Christoph Gebald & Dr. Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks AG, finalists

    Dr. Christoph Gebald & Dr. Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks AG, finalists


    EY - Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

    Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

  • EY - Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Schötz, winner

    Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Schötz, winner


    EY - Marcel Frank, Frank Türen AG, finalist

    Marcel Frank, Frank Türen AG, finalist


    EY - Jan Martel, Martel AG, finalist

    Jan Martel, Martel AG, finalist

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, finalists

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

  • 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

Contacts

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

Sascha Stahl

Program Director EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Switzerland

Phone: +41 58 289 43 90
E-mail: Sascha Stahl

Brigitte Meyer

Program Manager

Phone: +41 58 289 36 78
E-mail: Brigitte Meyer

Frédéric Tissot

Family Business & Mid Market Suisse romande

Phone: +41 58 289 43 83
E-mail: Frédéric Tissot

Hall of Fame 2017

Trade/Services

Thomas Hanan, Webrepublic AG, winner

EY - Thomas Hanan, Webrepublic AG, winner

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Trade/Services

Bernhard Russi, Boas Gestion SA, finalist

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Simon Stampfli, Stampfli AG, finalist

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Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Appenzell Steinegg, winner

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Beat Zaugg, SCOTT Sports SA, finalist

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Olivier Haegeli, Willemin-Macodel SA, finalist

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Marcel Meyer, Robatech AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2017

Emerging Entrepreneur

Dr. Jurgi Camblong, Sophia Genetics SA, Saint-Sulpice, winner

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Hall of Fame 2017

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Dr. Christoph Gebald & Dr. Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks AG, finalists

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Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2017

Family Business

Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Schötz, winner

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Hall of Fame 2017

Family Business

Marcel Frank, Frank Türen AG, finalist

EY - Marcel Frank, Frank Türen AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2017

Family Business

Jan Martel, Martel AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Trade/Services

Christina Mair, Caroline Staehelin & Kristina Rebsamen, Globegarden GmbH, winner

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Hall of Fame 2018

Trade/Services

Philipp G. Man, Chronext AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Trade/Services

Stefan Mühlemann, Swiss Fintech AG (Loanboox), finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

Dr. Christian Brönnimann, Dectris AG, winner

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Hall of Fame 2018

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

Romeo Corvaglia, Corvaglia Holding AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

Carlo R. Centonze, HeiQ Materials AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Emerging Entrepreneur

Daniela & Emanuel Steiner, FELFEL AG, winner

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Hall of Fame 2018

Emerging Entrepreneur

Dr. Nicolas Durand, Abionic SA, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Emerging Entrepreneur

Dr. Yann Tissot, L.E.S.S. SA, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Family Business

George, Roger, Corinne & Fabian Kuratle, Kuratle Group AG, winner

EY - George, Roger, Corinne & Fabian Kuratle, Kuratle Group AG, winner

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Hall of Fame 2018

Family Business

Jan Schibli, Hans K. Schibli AG, finalist

EY - Jan Schibli, Hans K. Schibli AG, finalist

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Hall of Fame 2018

Family Business

Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors SA, finalist

EY -  Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors SA, finalist

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