Zurich, 27 October 2017 A long tradition: EY in Switzerland today presented the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the 20th consecutive year, in the “Trade/Services,” “Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences,” “Emerging Entrepreneur” and “Family Business” categories. Around 400 guests from the business, political and cultural arenas, including many former winners, were in attendance at the gala in the Kursaal, Interlaken.

The 20-year anniversary of the Swiss edition of the business award coincided with EY’s 100-year anniversary here, lending additional sparkle to the gala evening. The attendance of Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, a successful entrepreneur himself, was a very special honor for both the award and the competition entrants: “Digitization presents great opportunities for Switzerland. We want to remain champions of innovation, which is why we need courageous and successful entrepreneurs. Prizes like the Entrepreneur of the Year award promote an appreciation for entrepreneurship and embolden people. I would like to congratulate all the award winners and thank the organizers and sponsors for their 20-year commitment.”


Individual Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for 2017 in Switzerland went to:

  • Thomas Hanan, Webrepublic AG, Zurich, “Trade/Services” category
  • Paul J. Wyser, Wyon AG, Appenzell Steinegg, “Industry/High-Tech/Life Sciences” category
  • Dr. Jurgi Camblong, Sophia Genetics SA, Saint-Sulpice, “Emerging Entrepreneur” category
  • Max Renggli, Renggli AG, Schötz, “Family Business” category

Hansjörg Wyss, entrepreneur, patron and philanthropist, was honored with the “Master Entrepreneur” award.


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