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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.

Vision

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

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

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.

A detailed schedule of Feb, 1st 2020 will be available before the event.

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 entrepreneurial incubators and programs:

Global Competition 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 fully paid for trip 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

 

                   Application deadline: TBD      Read more here: gsea.ch, gsea.org   

Sponsors

The Jury 2019

Christian Müller

After an initial stint as a marine biologist, Christian Müller has spent over 16 years of his working live in the IT software and professional services space, over 10 of which as an entrepreneur. After exiting Assentis Technologies AG in 2013, a Swiss-based FinTech that provides leading Customer Communication Management (CCM) solutions, Christian founded Strenia Consulting GmbH, which specialises in helping organisations predominantly in the financial services industry to realise their strategies for providing digital services to their end-customers. In the past few years Christian's focus has shifted to investing in and actively supporting mostly tech-based, impact orientated businesses. In addition, he is an active board member of the Mercator Foundation in Switzerland. Christian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Manchester and a Master’s in Information Technology from University College London.

Stefan Kirchhofer

Stefan Kirchhofer is a Managing Partner of ADROIT Attorneys, a Zurich based boutique law firm from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs founded in 2009, Chairman and owner of Hooters Switzerland, a U.S. themed restaurant chain taking up its activities in Switzerland in 2000, a Member of the Board of Directors and co-owner of Kirchhofer AG, one of the world’s leading watch retailers based in the Bernese Oberland and founded in 1944 by his grandfather as well as involved in several start-ups and other companies of all kinds and sizes in a vast variety of roles and tasks. Stefan is a graduate of the University of Berne Law School (2000) and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2004. Before founding ADROIT Attorneys he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston, the District Court of Zurich and Homburger for several years. In 2001, he also took up his entrepreneurial activities which he has kept and still keeps expanding until the present day.

Martin Schawalder

Martin Schawalder is the CEO, co-founder and co-owner of iAgentur AG, which specializes in mobile app development. Since its foundation 11 years ago, several big companies rely on iAgentur’s expertise in mobile app development and working with them on a longterm basis. Martin co-founded the company directly after the finish of his studies with an M.A. HSG SIM and M.B.A. Nanyang. Besides his own IT company, he has an interest in crypto, startup and classic investment strategies.

Jeremias Meier

Jeremias Meier is serial entrepreneur and passionate about tech and software. He is co-founder of bexio where he acts as CEO. bexio is one of Switzerlands top Software Startups providing cloud based business software to more than 25’000 customers. In 2018 the company was acquired by Mobiliar - a leading swiss insurance company. Jeremias started his first business, while studying at University of St.Gallen and sold the software development company in 2015 to PwC.

Doris Fink

Doris Fink is the CEO, founder and owner of Swissolution Human Capital AG, which specializes in Recruitment and HR Services. Since its foundation 8 years ago, manyname value and big companies rely on SwisSolution’s expertise in Executive Search and Interim recruitment. Especially for small businesses areSwisSolution’s tailor-made and customer oriented adapted HR services attractiveand valued. Doris started her professional career in Marketing and Sales. 2002 she found her passion to support, connect and advise companies and professionals with her Know- How as an external Consultant.

Ronald Zemp

Ronald Zemp is serial entrepreneur and angel Investor in the tech area. He has co-founded notime AG the leading Swiss instant and same day delivery company. The company was acquired in 2018 by Swiss Post. Ronald also founded his own venture investment company through which he invests in startups (20+) worldwide. He serves in several boards and advisory boards of companies of different sizes as well as a Swiss venture fund. Ronald is passionate about new technologies as well as classic investment strategies. Ronald holds a M.A. in Strategy and International Management from University of St. Gallen (HSG) as well as an MBA from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Daniel Martins

Daniel Martins has 10 years of experience in the field of wealth management in Switzerland. He has also substantial experience in offshore and onshore international Private Banking. In his current role as E&E Client Advisor today, he advises Executives and Entrepreneurs along their lifecycle in all financial and non-financial matters. He completed his commercial apprenticeship with an international industrial enterprise and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance & Banking from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Daniel has 5 children and lives with his family in the region of Sempachersee. He pursues various sports like skiing, triathlon or team sports

Heinz Zürcher

Heinz Zuercher is a serial entrepreneur for 30 years active in international markets. Through the various companies he has founded and brought to scale, he has been instrumental in introducing numerous prestigious European brands in sectors covering retail, food, media, renewable energy, health care and financial services to the high-growth markets of Asia. Heinz's expertise and strengths lie in business development (analysis, strategy and implementation), M&A, negotiation and critical business turnaround situations including leading the restructuring as CEO of a publicly-listed European media organisation with interests in China.

Frank Flössel

Frank K. Floessel got his Master’s Degree in electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and is an alumnus of the Entrepreneurial Master Programm at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At ETH Zurich he cofounded during his study time his first venture ETH Juniors, a student run Junior Enterprise. After graduating he started his next company, an innovative swiss based recruiting company which he exited in 2015. Since then he has been an active investor and entrepreneur in the field of innovative technologies with a focus on Fintech and Crypto.

Heiko Trautwein

Heiko discovered his passion for entrepreneurship in his early years when he founded the first company in 1997 during his studies of industrial engineering and management. Since then he was an active entrepreneur and investor in several companies, mainly in the service and hospitality sector. As founder and CEO of Franchise Development AG he launched 2007 the Subway brand in the swiss market and developed it to the second largest QSR chain in Switzerland by now. In his spare time Heiko mentors and supports young entrepreneurs in the EO Accelerator since 2016.

Beat Seeliger

Beat Seeliger has been at Panter Ltd. since 2005. As a co-owner he is responsible for strategic planning, business development, acquisition and realisation of projects. His duties also include community building, quality assurance and testing. He cofounded Colab Zurich, is responsible for the Tech Community at Impact Hub and teaches at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

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!

EO Switzerland – Zurich would like to thank the following organisers:

Palo Stacho

GSEA Chair, EO Switzerland – Zurich
Palo Stacho 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

COO, Enigma
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

Senior Partner, Hirzel.Neef,Schmid.Konsulenten
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

Co-Founder, REACH
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

Founder, OSICOS Ltd.
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

CEO, bexio
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

Founder, Cleverclip
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.

Christian Müller

Founder, Strenia Consulting
After an initial stint as a marine biologist, Christian has spent the past 16 years of his working life in the IT software and professional services space, over 10 of which as an entrepreneur. After exiting Assentis Technologies AG in 2013, a Swiss-based FinTech that provides leading Customer Communication Management (CCM) solutions, Christian founded Strenia Consulting GmbH, which specialises in helping organisations predominantly in the financial services industry to realise their strategies for providing digital services to their end-customers. In the past couple of years Christian's focus has continuously shifted to investing in and actively supporting mostly tech-based, impact orientated businesses. In addition, he is an active board member of the Mercator Foundation in Switzerland.

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