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.

Meet our distinguished panel of judges for 2020:

Dr. Adrienne Corboud Fumagalli
VR, Swiss Life Holding
Vice president ComCom

Claude Cornaz
VRP, Vetropack Holding
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010

Thomas Hanan
CEO, Webrepublic
Entrepreneur of The Year 2017

Dr. Paul J. Hälg
VRP, Dätwyler Holding
VRP, Sika

Dr. Sara and Christoph Hürlimann
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010

Dr. Jan Lichtenberg
CEO, InSphero
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015

Didier Maus
CEO, Maus Frères

Simon Michel
CEO, Ypsomed

Jean-Marc Probst
VR, Switzerland Global Enterprise

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger
Director of the Center for Family Business, University of St.Gallen

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
  • Innovationand future prospects of products or services

The categories:

  • Trade / Services
  • Industry / High-Tech / Life Science
  • Emerging Entrepreneur*
  • Family Business**

* Candidates for the category Emerging Entrepreneur have at least 10 employees and generate a minimum of 1 million Swiss francs in annual revenue. The company has existed for at least 2 years.
** A company is only evaluated as a Family Business if at least three generations of family members are or were actively involved in running the business.