Friday Jan, 11 2019 – Eventspace Bogen D @ Zurich

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What is the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards?

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university (including Swiss “Fachhochschule”). Student entrepreneurs compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for the EO GSEA Finals. GSEA is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) program.

The EO GSEA Vision

Empowering student entrepreneurs to become the world’s most in uential change makers.

The EO GSEA Mission

To give student entrepreneurs the opportunity to accelerate their success, challenge the status quo, connect to an instrumental peer group and make the greatest impact possible on their community.

Competition & Programme

The programme consists of a series of locally-hosted competitions for student entrepreneurs attending a recognized college, Fachhochschule or university. The competitions are held in a live setting, requiring qualified student entrepreneurs to make a formal presentation to a panel of judges. The panel is made up of leading entrepreneurs, business executives, college/university campus leaders, members of the media and past EO GSEA Finalists. The judges then ask questions and evaluate the student entrepreneurs and their businesses against the specific judging criteria, as well as provide constructive feedback. Winners are selected based on the students’ scores from the specific judging criteria.

For a detailed schedule on Friday Jan, 12th 2018 go to the Programme Page.


Swiss Competition Prizes

EO GSEA-CH participants compete for a prize package worth more than CHF 33,000: CHF 8,000 in cash, donated business services and memberships at premium entreprenerial incubators and programs:

  • Cash prizes: CHF 5000 (#1) / 2000 (#2) / 1000 (#3)
  • One year membership in the EO Accelerator Program (value CHF 8,000) for the three first place winners.
  • One year membership with ImpactHub Zurich for the three first place winners (value over CHF 10,000)
  • Participation in the mentorship training of EO Switzerland – Zurich
  • One year mentoring by an experienced EO entrepreneur for the top three
  • Publication of short profile and presentation of the three winners at EO Switzerland-Zurich


Global Prizes

Full paid trip to Macao, Cash and a great network! EO GSEA participants compete for a global prize package worth more than US$400,000: US$20,000 in cash, donated business services and a paid trip (airfare and lodging) to compete in the EO GSEA Finals. They will take place in April 2019 in Macao.

Student participants also experience:

  • High-visibility networking with leading EO members
  • Receive exciting media opportunities
  • Gain access to a global peer group
  • Receive written feedback from the judges
  • Increase business awareness, brand identity and credibility
  • Build new high-level mentor relationships
  • Learning webinars featuring exclusive content and keynote speakers


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Detailed Programme: Friday Jan, 11th 2019; 1400 – 1800


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Semi-Finals (non public)

0930 – 1300 Semi-Finals
1330              Nominations Finalists

The Semi-Finals are not open to the public.

Public Final (1400 – 1800) 

1330   Doors Open
1330   Nomination Finalists
1345 – 1400 Judges & Finalists Briefing
1400 – 1415 Official Opening, Welcome and Introduction
1415 – 1445 Candidate 1
1445 – 1515 Candidate 2
1515 – 1545 Candidate 3
1545 – 1600 Break
1600 – 1630 Candidate 4
1630 – 1700 Candidate 5
1700 – 1730 Candidate 6
1730 – 1745 Winner Evaluation & Sponsors Update and Mini-Keynote
1745 – 1800 Ranking announcenement & Ceremony
1800  Closing
1805 – Dinner, Music and Networking

Schedule per Candidate

  • 02 Min Preparation and Handouts
  • 12 Min Pitch (Beamer, Sound & Flipchart, Slides bis max. 18.00 Uhr vorabend)
  • 10 Min Q+A
  • 04 Min Valuation

Total 28 Min

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Jury Global Student Award 2019 Switzerland


Swiss Competition: The Jury 2019

Friederike von Waldenfels

Friederike von Waldenfels is CEO and Co-Founder of SwissCommerce since 2013. The company is founding and acquiring special interest eCommerce Shops and bundles them on one platform. The focus lies on segments with low eCommerce penetration rate, wherein SwissCommerce can gain market leadership quickly by opening a high professional online shop with its USP – Content, Community, Commerce Model. Part of SwissCommerce are among others the domains,,, or
Friederike von Waldenfels studied Computer Science and Business Administration at the Hawaii Pacific University and received her diploma “Information Management and Corporate Communication” at the University of Applied Science in Neu-Ulm. Furthermore, she has visited an Executive Program at the Stanford University.
From 2003 – 2007, Friederike von Waldenfels took over several functions at IBM, last one as Business Development Executive for Lifescience & Pharma. Bevor she founded SwissCommerce, she was responsible for Corporate Development at Goodshine AG (

Andreas Brenner

Andreas is the Founder and CEO of Avrios, Europe’s leading mobility management platform for companies. Andreas worked in several startups, such as Wuala and DeinDeal and later joined the family business where he operated a fleet of cars, vans and trucks. He quickly realized that the car industry had not digitized and could thus not offer a 21st century user experience. He partnered with two friends and went on a mission to make mobility work for business. Today, 2.5 years later, Avrios provides tailored transportation to tens of thousands of employees across Europe through one simple platform.

Dr. Christoph Birkholz

Dr. Christoph Birkholz (33) is an entrepreneur based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is co-founder and managing director of Impact Hub Zürich as well as He has co-founded several spinoffs and initiatives in the Impact Hub network, such as Viaduct Ventures and the Global Impact Hub Fellowship. Christoph also leads Kickstart Accelerator, Europe’s largest multi-corporate tech accelerator by digitalswitzerland and operated by Impact Hub Zürich. He has received a PhD in impact investing from University of St.Gallen, and teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and intrapreneurship at University of St.Gallen, Business School Lausanne and adschool Zürich. He is an alumnus of Witten/Herdecke University and INSEAD, as well as the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Sandbox Network and one of the 100 Digital Shapers of Switzerland. Christoph serves on the board of Panter AG, an international technology and engineering company.

Jeremias Meier

Jeremias Meier is CEO and co-founder of bexio. Bexio’s software makes it easy for small businesses to manage everything from invoicing to automated bank reconciliation and online bookkeeping. Already more than 10’000 customers trust the best software startup of the years 2016 and 2017. Jeremias started his first business, while studying at University of St.Gallen and sold the software development company in 2015 to PwC.

More Judges to be announced

More judges will be informed soon.

The Organising Committee

The organizers are all successful businessmen who are willing to spend a considerable part of their free time on a good cause. All members are volunteers and want to help the youth, entrepreneurship and Switzerland. We love to give something back! – Die Organisatoren sind allesamt erfolgreiche Geschäftsleute, welche bereit sind, einen erheblichen Teil Ihrer Freizeit für eine gute Sache einzusetzen. Alle Mitglieder sind ehrenamtlich im Einsatz und haben den Wunsch, die Jugend, das Unternehmertum und die Schweiz weiter zu bringen. Wir lieben es, auch etwas zurück zu geben!

EO Switzerland – Zurich would like to thank the following organisers / EO Switzerland – Zurich dankt folgenden Organisatoren:

Palo Stacho

GSEA Chair, EO Switzerland – Zurich

Palo Stacho (1966) has been an EO member for 12 years. He is former President of EO Switzerland and entrepreneur. As a graduate computer scientist with a Federal Diploma and with a post-graduate degree in corporate governance from HSG, he established an IT company of national importance in the 1990s, which he sold in 2007. In 2010, he was already betting on digitisation. After two unsuccessful start-up attempts, he is now a successful co-founder of the internationally recognized cyber prevention provider LUCY Security. In addition, Palo Stacho works as a coach, speaker and change agent for digital transformation projects for SMEs and major clients in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

Martin Künzi

Martin Künzi is COO and partner at Enigma. Enigma is a company that is made of strategists, designers, branding specialists, business model experts and service designers to help companies explore the undiscovered possibilities of the 21st century. With his experience as a former CMO and his MBA in Marketing, he has dedicated himself to his passion at Enigma — he develops strategies and state-of-the-art branding for clients in various industries locally and globally. He started the Bern office 3,5 years ago and grew the team to 15 people into a million CHF business.

Dominique Reber

Dominique Reber is Senior Partner and Co-Owner of Hirzel.Neef.Schmid Konsulenten and a Board member of Creapole and Swiss Green Economy Symposium. Before that, he  was a member of the Executive Board of economiesuisse, the umbrella association for Swiss business until 2012. He led political work relating to major infrastructure projects, energysupply and environmental issues.
Before this, Dominique Reber worked in various positions in lobbying, corporate communications and journalism, with an emphasis on IT and communications technology. This included at Sunrise Communications AG, Swisscom AG and at eBay International.
Dominique Reber has a Masters in History and romanistic literature and linguistics Studies from Basel University, as well as an Executive Masters in International and European Business Law from St. Gallen University.

Andreas Bangerter

As a co-founder of REACH, Andreas had the vision to develop and implement branding and communication strategies for Swiss based internationally operating companies. Today, REACH is a branding and digital agency employing specialists in brand and project management, graphic design and coding. Before returning to Switzerland to found REACH, Andreas worked in marketing and sales for Tag Heuer and Omega (part of Swatch Group) where he was based in Australia and in the US. He holds an MBA with a major in Marketing from the University of St.Gallen. 

Ralf Rosenow

Ralf Rosenow is the founder and managing partner of OSICOS Ltd. OSICOS supports and advises numerous Swiss based start-up companies primarily in the life sciences industry as outsourced in-house counsel applying the OSICOS philosophy, inclusive of strategic advice and in financing aspects. After initial years of practice in renowned law firms in Zurich and London, he co-founded the Zurich based law firm Rosenow Grob Schilling in 2001, which in a merger in 2008 became Blum&Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd, where he headed the Life Sciences Working Group as a partner until June 2016 when he became Of Counsel upon starting OSICOS. In addition, Ralf has and still is invested in several start-ups mainly in the life science industry.

Jeremias Meier

Jeremias Meier is CEO and co-founder of bexio. Bexio’s software makes it easy for small businesses to manage everything from invoicing to automated bank reconciliation and online bookkeeping. Already more than 10’000 customers trust the best software startup of the years 2016 and 2017. Jeremias started his first business, while studying at University of St.Gallen and sold the software development company in 2015 to PwC.

Carlo Badini

Right after high school Carlo founded his first startup Cleverclip. Cleverclip earned multiple awards as one of the biggest information design consultancies in Switzerland. Cleverclip currently employs 30 employees all over the globe and explains complex things for customers in Switzerland and Germany. Carlo is also on the board of directors of Daktiv a live communication agency in Berne. Since 2015 Carlo is enrolled as a full time student at the University of Berne. He was honored as the European Champion of the GSEA Awards 2016.