The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

Winner or game changer?

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.

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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 (130 KB) and send it in by the middle 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 30 October 2020, you will travel to the Gala at the SwissTech Convention Center at EPFL in Lausanne. 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

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A unique event for entrepreneurs.

The 2019 Gala

The 2019 competition featured a broad spectrum of participants. Find out which entrepreneurs went before the panel of jurors and read their background stories.

On 25 October 2019, the vitality of Switzerland's entrepreneurship impressed the audience. The winners of the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition were announced in Zurich under enthusiastic applause.

Further impressions of the 2019 award night

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019 Highlights

 

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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
  • 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.

Hall of Fame

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Find out who belongs to this elite group.

2019

Trade/Services

EY - Fabio Ronga, beqom SA, winner

Fabio Ronga, beqom SA, winner


EY - Marc Ehrlich, VIPA Lausanne SA, finalist

Marc Ehrlich, VIPA Lausanne SA, finalist


EY - Philippe Chapalain & Xavier Badina, Go Concept Sàrl, finalists

Philippe Chapalain & Xavier Badina, Go Concept Sàrl, finalists

EY - Philippe Corti, Corti Spleiss Gruppe, finalist

Philippe Corti, Corti Spleiss Gruppe, finalist

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

EY - Ueli Jost, Veriset AG, winner

Ueli Jost, Veriset AG, winner


EY - Christoph & Tobias Meyer, Seven-Air Gebr. Meyer AG, finalists

Christoph & Tobias Meyer, Seven-Air Gebr. Meyer AG, finalists


EY - Dr. Piero Poli, Rivopharm SA, finalist

Dr. Piero Poli, Rivopharm SA, finalist

EY - Federico Zardi, Casale SA, finalist

Federico Zardi, Casale SA, finalist

Emerging Entrepreneur

EY - Patrick Thévoz & Adrien Briod, Flyability SA, winners

Patrick Thévoz & Adrien Briod, Flyability SA, winners


EY - Olivier Cognet, Predictive Layer SA, finalist

Olivier Cognet, Predictive Layer SA, finalist


Kim Ludvigsen, Interprefy AG, finalist

Family Business

EY - Stefan & Christian Ganzoni, Sigvaris Gruppe, winners

Stefan & Christian Ganzoni, Sigvaris Gruppe, winners


EY - Karl Enzler, Enzler Reinigung AG, finalist

Karl Enzler, Enzler Reinigung AG, finalist


EY - Peter Fischer, Fischer Reinach AG, finalist

Peter Fischer, Fischer Reinach AG, finalist

Master Entrepreneur

EY - Dr. Beat Curti, Serial Entrepreneur

Dr. Beat Curti, Serial Entrepreneur


2018

Trade/Services

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

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

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

Emerging Entrepreneur

EY - Daniela & Emanuel Steiner, FELFEL AG, winnerss

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

Family Business

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

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

Trade/Services

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

Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences

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

Emerging Entrepreneur

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

Family Business

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

Contacts

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

EY - Sascha Stahl

Sascha Stahl

Program Director
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Switzerland

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

EY - Brigitte Keller

Brigitte Keller

Program Manager
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Switzerland

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

EY - Frédéric Tissot

Frédéric Tissot

Family Business & Mid Market Suisse romande

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