Ten minutes towards a successful future
The Swiss Economic Award has been celebrating exceptional business achievements since 1999. The winners of this award not only win CHF 75,000 in prize money, they also receive a comprehensive service package, including in-depth feedback from experts in the field, widespread exposure in the national media and an awards ceremony at the Swiss Economic Forum in front of 1,250 business decision-makers and broadcast live on Swiss TV SRF to more than 200,000 viewers. Associated with this is a huge increase in visibility for the young businesses. Simplified membership of the growth initiative SEF4KMU is also facilitated through the award, with new opportunities for strategy reviews by an interdisciplinary team of experts, and access to expansion financing and special payment guarantees. In honouring creative, successful and exemplary young entrepreneurs, the Swiss Economic Award makes an important contribution towards raising awareness of the country’s enormous economic and innovative force, combined with a superb quality of service.
Any young entrepreneur registered in Switzerland can participate in the Swiss Economic Award 2014, as long as their business was established after 1 January 2008. Awards for exceptional business achievements are presented in three categories: Manufacturing & Industry, Services and Hightech & Biotech. Applications for the highly coveted Swiss Economic Award take place in two stages: An enrolment platform is open until 31 January 2014 for successful start-ups to complete an initial registration. This process takes about 10 minutes. The candidates long-listed for the second stage then have until 28 February 2014 to complete an extended questionnaire.
These applications are reviewed by a team of renowned business specialists, who then select 15 outstanding start-ups to qualify for a visit from an expert in their field. Winners of the Swiss Economic Award 2014 are chosen towards the end of March by a main jury consisting of several well-known figures and experienced decision-makers from Switzerland, led by Carolina Müller-Möhl.