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Friday Jan, 12 2018 – 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.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

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

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 2018 in Toronto.

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, 12th 2018; 1400 – 1800

The 2018 event has twice as many applicants as expected. Therefore, the semi-finals will be held on the morning of January 12th.

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Semi-Finals

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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Awardsponsor 1. Platz

Hirzel.Neef.Schmid.Konsulenten AG

Awardsponsor 2. Platz

consulteer ag

Awardsponsor 3. Platz

Invisia AG


Goldsponsoren


 

 

NUBIQ by Acceleris AG, Business Control Switzerland AG, Bexio, Ortho Walker, JMC Software,

Crowdhouse ag, BEE Inbound AG, Ticketino AG, Tamedia AG, Quickline AG, Credit Suisse AG

 

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KIMI Krippen AG, ADROIT, Impact Hub Zürich AG, TREUCO AG, Beekeeper AG, Avrios International AG,

Lexpert Partners AG, VSHN AG, Strenia Consulting GmbH, SwissCommerce Management GmbH,

Greenliff AG, Talendo AG, Viable Labs GmbH, Hitzberger AG

 

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Acceleris AG, admire GmbH, ba institute AG, Lucy Phishing GmbH, Cleverclip GmbH, notime AG,

Enigma SA, U.S. Tax Services AG, clic366 AG, Steag & Partner AG, REACH Partners AG,

SwisSolution Human Capital AG, digitalent GmbH, be-advanced AG

Jury Global Student Award 2018 Switzerland

 

Swiss Competition: The Jury 2018

Dr. Matthias Knill

Matthias D. Knill, Managing Partner Hirzel.Neef.Schmid Konsulenten, holds a Ph.D. in natural sciences from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, was head of corporate communications for the SIG Group from 1999 to 2005.
Before this (from 1995) he was a scientist and deputy manager of the communication department at Nagra (Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste).
Prior to this Matthias Knill worked as assistant lecturer at various institutes of the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

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 reitsport.ch, fischen.ch, myluckydog.ch, yonc.ch or hauptner.ch.
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 (deindeal.ch).

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.

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.

Andreas Schlenker

Andreas has been Head of M&A Marketplaces & Ventures  at Tamedia since 2014. Prior to joining the Swiss media group, he supported the launch and financing of a French digital media start-up, worked for one of Europe’s largest equity investment companies as well as two international start-ups. In 2003, at the age of 30, Andreas joined the company Partech Ventures, which he left as General Partner in 2013. Furthermore, he was director of several successful online companies including Brand4friends, Qype and MoneyPark. Andreas holds a BA in Economics from the Berkley University of California and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Maurus Riedweg

Maurus is a technologist who believes that, in this digital age, the potential for growth is limitless but only if the company adapts itself. It is with this vision that he founded Consulteer AG, an IT consultancy specialising in business consulting and software development for digital transformation nine years ago. Since starting Consulteer, he has gathered peers who are like-minded innovators – collaborating with them to assist organisations of different industries to transform their operations and integrate into the digital world.

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 Inyova.com. 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.

Natalia Neuman

Natalia is Lakestar’s General Counsel responsible for the legal and regulatory oversight of all Lakestar entities. She manages the investment process of Lakestar transactions starting from the term sheet through the completion of the financing rounds all the way to the exits of the portfolio companies. On the other hand, she ensures the optimal fund structure as well as compliance of all Lakestar activities with financial regulation. Prior to joining Lakestar, Natalia has gained experience in M&A at corporate law practices and is currently completing her PhD in Capital Markets Law.

Mathis Buechi

Mathis started his career in 2007 in New York and London. After that he studied business at the Hong Kong University and spent a total of 7 years in Asia. In 2012 in founded his first company organising academic tours to Northern China and North Korea. Only a short time after that he co-founded Smallpdf – an online PDF software with currently over 14 million users per month. Today, he lives in Berlin and is working on his next venture with already over 25 employees: Taxfix – the a digital tax assistant on the mobile phone.

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.

Elmar Meyer

Elmar Meyer is the founder and CEO of Lexpert Partners. Elmar’s areas of specialization include advising Swiss and foreign banks, asset managers and family offices in all legal and regulatory areas. He also advises and assists HNW individuals in their (often cross-border) asset and estate planning. Before founding Lexpert Partners, Elmar was founding partner of a legal and tax advisory firm in Zug. Prior to this he headed the legal and compliance department of Julius Baer in Dubai, U.A.E., serving on its management committee and acting as a member of the board for Julius Baer in Cairo, Egypt. Elmar also serves on the board on a number of major asset management companies in Switzerland.

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.

Ronald Zemp

Ronald Zemp is co-founder and commercial head of notime AG. notime is a disruptive last mile delivery platform that enables crowd based same-day deliveries. The company currently has active operations in Switzerland and South Africa. Apart from that, Ronald is a cryptocurrency enthusiast and an active angel investor in 15+ companies internationally (CH, USA, SGP, etc.) via his own investment company. Prior to that Ronald worked for an international management consultancy and as the right hand man to the owner of a big german family conglomerate.

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.

Flavio Pfaffhauser

Flavio Pfaffhauser is one of the co-founder of Beekeeper. He studied Computer Science at ETH Zurich and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent some time in India, as well, working as a Software Engineer. As the CTO at Beekeeper he is very excited about shaping the digital workplace of 2 billion people worldwide. Beekeeper connects and empowers workforces with their employee communication app. Designed for industries that rely on non-desk workforces, Beekeeper makes it easy to inform and inspire all or part of an organization in real time.

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