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The Swiss Economic Forum and its premium partners ABB, Allianz, AMAG, IBM, PwC, Swisscom and UBS seek to promote entrepreneurship in Switzerland and actively provide assistance to start-up companies. The SEF is also supported by its media partners SRF and NZZ, partners Swiss and USM, mobility partner SBB and location partners Bern Economic Development Agency and the Municipality of Interlaken. SEF can also boast numerous network partners and donors.

PARTNERS

The Swiss Economic Forum and its premium partners ABB, Allianz, AMAG, IBM, PwC, Swisscom and UBS seek to promote entrepreneurship in Switzerland and actively provide assistance to start-up companies. The SEF is also supported by its media partners SRF and NZZ, partners Swiss and USM, mobility partner SBB and location partners Bern Economic Development Agency and the Municipality of Interlaken. SEF can also boast numerous network partners and donors.

CONTENT & CULTURE PARTNERS

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees, thereof 6,000 in Switzerland.



More than 100,000 small and medium-sized enterprises depend on Allianz Suisse for their insurance and pensions. Our advice, products and services are always kept up-to-date with the requirements of SMEs. Because of this, we can provide you with the best possible assistance as your company develops. For us, the Swiss Economic Forum is the ideal place to feel the pulse of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.

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AMAG provides mobility – not just at the Swiss Economic Forum. AMAG started life 70 years ago as an SME and many of its partners are traditional SMEs. So AMAG is familiar with their requirements. With an extensive range of models and many services relating to cars and mobility in general, they can offer optimum solutions.

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IBM Switzerland supports the initiative of the Swiss Economic Forum to create a national platform for innovative, future-oriented SMEs in Switzerland. It is a reliable service and innovation partner for companies throughout Switzerland and ensures that hardware, software and services are bundled into optimum customer solutions.

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PwC Switzerland supports companies and individuals in creating values, with over 2,600 employees and partners at 14 different sites across the whole of Switzerland. We are part of a network of member companies in 157 countries who are committed to adding value by providing services in the fields of auditing, tax and accountancy and management consultancy.

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Swisscom is a long-standing partner of SEF. As the leading ICT provider in Switzerland, we establish conditions that help to foster stronger links between people, equipment and things and, thanks to the network of the future, facilitate efficient and secure data transmissions. We provide our private customers, SMEs and enterprise customers with advice and support along their path to digitalization and help them uncover new opportunities with straightforward and inspiring offers and services.

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We support companies as they strive to achieve long-term growth. Working together with SMEs, we find the right solutions based on their individual needs. We are proud of having supported the Swiss Economic Forum as a Premium Partner since its foundation, and by doing so helping to promote entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

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ARVI SA

ARVI SA is one of the largest stockholders of fine wines worldwide. The company offers a unique and tailor made service for its private clients, collectors, wine lovers and investors. Each client is being cared for by his/hers personal wine consultant. Whom will inform the customer about new wine discoveries, manages the wine portfolio and informs about drinkability of the wines. A top class Sommelier Service with only the clients complete satisfaction on its mind.

avenir suisse

Avenir Suisse is an independent think tank that works for the future of Switzerland by developing evidence-based, liberal, free-market ideas. Avenir Suisse’s ideas are designed to prepare the political and social ground for reform. The motivation behind Avenir Suisse’s work is the longterm preservation and enhancement of Switzerland’s prosperity.

Barilla Gruppe

Barilla, originally established in 1877 as a bread and pasta shop in Parma, Italy, ranks as one of today’s top Italian food groups. Barilla leads in the global pasta business, the pasta sauces business in continental Europe, the bakery products business in Italy and the crispbread business in Scandinavia.

Barilla owns 30 production sites (14 in Italy and 16 outside Italy) and exports to more than 100 countries. Every year, about 1,700,000 tons of food products under the brands of Barilla, Mulino Bianco, Voiello, Pavesi, Academia Barilla, Wasa, Harrys (France and Russia), Misko (Greece), Filiz (Turkey), Yemina and Vesta (Mexico), are featured on dining tables all over the world.

Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken

The Auditorium with its innovative architecture and the stylish, historic ambiance in the halls of the Kursaal in harmonious union – these are the striking features of the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken. A total event area of 5,000 m² (54’000 sq ft) and a capacity for over 1,500 people make it suitable for almost any occasion. The Congress Centre has 19 different rooms altogether, of which three are halls of over 900 m² (9’700 sq ft). All the halls are flooded with daylight. Other than these, there are stylish halls of more than 300 m² (3’200 sq ft) at your disposal. This makes Interlaken one of the most attractive congress destinations available in the Alps.

Creaholic SA

Creaholic is the leading Innovation House in Switzerland. Since 1986 using their engineers, designers, IP specialists, scientists and economists from many different fields they have been working to transform ideas into solutions for their clients world-wide.

Die Doppelleu Brauwerkstatt AG

Modern beers with the finest of hops – the Doppelleu craft brewery, founded in 2012 and located in Winterthur, Switzerland, focuses on the Belgian and Anglo-Saxon style of beer, tapping into a growing worldwide trend. The Doppelleu brewery currently produces a range of 13 top-fermented beers in two product lines, Chopfab and Doppelleu. The basic ingredients are, of course, hops, malt and water – but hops are not just hops: the brewery uses only the finest, making for delightful enjoyment in the aroma, on the palate and in the finish.

Empa

As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Empa’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge and competitiveness, but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large. Through an efficient technology transfer Empa is turning research results into marketable innovations.

ETH Zürich

Part of the core mission at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich – known as ETH Zurich – is to transfer knowledge and technology to business and industry. One of the world’s leading universities, ETH Zurich produces highly skilled specialists, promotes innovative spin-off companies and closely networks with business enterprises. Numerous strategic alliances with industrial partners bear witness to this collaboration.

ETH-RAT

Top-level science is what the ETH Domain provides with its combined staff of more than 20,000, over
29,000 students and doctoral students and about 800 professors. The ETH Domain consists of the two Federal Institutes of Technology, ETH Zurich and EPFL (Lausanne), and four further research institutes, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Testing and Research (Empa) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Appointed by the Swiss Federal Council the ETH Board is the strategic management and supervisory body of the ETH Domain. It supervises development plans, carries out control activities and ensures good coordination with its partners. It also draws up estimates and accounts for the ETH Domain’s budget and coordinates the management and maintenance of its real estate. It is an electoral authority and represents the ETH Domain in dealings with the authorities of the Confederation.

Form AG

Creative Movers for Advertising, Retail and Interior
FORM, creative movers is your number one place to go when it comes to advertising and brand experiences, both in 2D and 3D. We want to inspire, electrify and inspire you. We will make your ideas come alive and put your brand in the limelight. We offer a complete service portfolio like no other in Switzerland from our offices in Berne. Photography, graphic design, data management, pre-press, specialty prints, decoration and 3D object construction for trade fairs, events or POS, presentations and interior design: We are a one stop shop for a full range of services, from design and implementation to delivery and assembly.

Frutiger AG

The Frutiger Group is a leading Swiss company with extensive expertise and services across the entire value chain of construction. In-depth knowledge, high level of innovation and a willingness to continual improvement are the basis of our success. About 2,500 motivated employees in 25 subsidiaries generate an annual turnover of approximately 800 million francs.

Gafner Transporte

Since 1998, Gafner Transports Ltd in Thun is official logistic partner of the Swiss Economic Forum. The SME-company offers the highest quality of service and reliability.

Globus

Since 1892, the premium department store Globus has been offering unique worlds of inspiration with exclusive products, sensual shopping experiences and excellent service. An inimitable eye for aesthetics, a passion for detail and uncompromising quality make Globus unique. Globus never ceases to fascinate gourmets and people who love the extraordinary.

Habegger Studios

As an international service provider in live communication, Habegger is committed to ensure that every event is given the best possible framework to reach and move people – for great, unforgettable moments. With our projects we create holistic experiences, inspiration and space for innovation.

Hotelfachschule Thun

As an official German-language-based school of hospitality management of the Swiss Hotel Association (the industry’s umbrella organisation), the Thun Hotel Management School is accredited by the Swiss Federal Government and is supported in part by public funding. It is the ideal vocational facility to prepare for the demanding functions in the hospitality industry. The three-year training programme is divided into alternating semesters of theoretical education and practical training. The first semester focuses on theoretical and practical training in kitchen and catering services. Graduates of the programme are awarded the Swiss degree dipl. Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF (“qualified hotel and restaurant manager, awarded by a higher education vocational school”), and assume positions of specialised and managerial responsibility at various levels in the hotel and catering industries.

HRS Real Estate AG

HRS Real Estate AG is Switzerland’s largest owner-managed land and property developer. Als Total- und Generalunternehmer erstellt HRS im Auftrag von Investoren und Bauherren Neubauten und renoviert bestehende Liegenschaften. Its activities cover sports and leisure centres, healthcare and nursing facilities, educational and research establishments, offices, industrial and commercial premises, and residential buildings. The company’s values include absolute reliability in terms of cost, schedules and quality, as well as flexibility and imagination when it comes to finding solutions to optimise a project. This service is provided by the owners and more than 350 staff throughout Switzerland. Let’s shake on it!

Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

The Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences is a federally accredited and supervised University of applied sciences under Swiss law. Within its four faculties – Economics, Law, Health and Music – there are currently over 2,700 students in over 50 Bachelor and Master Degrees enrolled.
All degree programs are focused on business practice and are academically founded. Actual challenges from everyday business practice play an important role at our courses of study. Experienced tutors are connecting them with the newest scientific-based findings. As a University of applied sciences for employed persons, Kalaidos is strongly networking with the employers of their students as well as trade associations or professional organizations, to ensure a firsthand connection between applied research and daily practice.

As the only private university of applied sciences in Switzerland, Kalaidos is member of the Swiss Universities umbrella organization swissuniversities.

Kilchenmann AG

Kilchenmann is one of Switzerland’s biggest providers for professional audio, video and communication technology, multimedia solutions and services. Headquartered in Kehrsatz-Bern, more facilities are located in Zurich and Basel-Arlesheim. Portfolio: Holistic audio-video solutions, digital signage, video conferencing systems, Event- and Media Service. The Kilchenmann Event- and Media Service is responsible for the successful implementation of the SEF since years.

Krebser AG

The Thun family-owned company, founded in 1857, supplies and supports companies, institutions, schools and private individuals with consumer materials with a focus on office supplies, office infrastructure and planning, graphic services and books.

Nespresso

With Nespresso Professional, Nespresso, a pioneer in the premium portioned coffee segment, offers products and services specifically designed for professional clients. The professional machines are designed for heavy use and large volumes of coffee, and are the perfect complement to the superior quality of Nespresso Grands Crus coffees, which are produced from a blend of the world’s best green coffees.

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform world-class research in three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health. By conducting fundamental and applied research, we work on long-term solutions for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

PROCAM VIDEOPRODUCTIONS

PROCAM has been active on the market since 1993 as an all-rounder company in the realisation of audio-visual media, making image and corporate films, TV, cinema and radio advertising, cinema trailers, billboards, success stories, webcasts and websites, films for trade fairs, conferences and congresses, training and motivation videos and documentary films, and much more. Activities range from ideas, conceptualisation and filming to complete in-house post-production. Our motto is: Reliably create sustainable videos in quick response and at fair terms and conditions. PROCAM also works ceaselessly to maintain the oversight needed to invest in future-oriented and efficient technologies that deliver the best possible quality to achieve the highest possible customer satisfaction.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global technology leader that opens up new opportunities for people all over the world. Samsung is helping to shape tomorrow’s business world. Now, you can enjoy this familiar technology in your company too with our New Business Experience. Innovations from Samsung make our lives easier and are now an integral part of day-to-day business. Our technologies connect people – across many different sectors. We support you in making your company’s IT more interactive, connected and mobile. Discover new possibilities for your company – with contemporary, tailored solutions that bring people together.

Schleuniger Gruppe

The Schleuniger Group is a global technology company headquartered in Thun (CH) and in its industries a leading provider of solutions for wire processing, testing and digitalization of the value chain. The Group’s solutions are needed wherever highly precise connections, highest productivity and traceable data play key roles. Schleuniger’s main customer markets are the automotive, entertainment and information industries as well as to the communication sector. Schleuniger employs more than 900 employees on three continents.

SECURITAS AG

Securitas AG is the largest security service provider in Switzerland. The approximately 7,000 competent employees perform professional and customised security services around the clock on behalf of enterprises, authorities and private clients. Securitas AG is represented by eleven regional branches and eight agencies throughout Switzerland and has a subsidiary in Liechtenstein. The family enterprise with its head office in Zollikofen/BE was founded in 1907 by Jakob Spreng.

semabit GmbH

We are an owner-managed company with a focus on consulting and developing individual digital solutions for the optimisation of business processes.
We implement and operate complex web applications, e-commerce applications and smartphone apps.
Founded back in 2002 as a simple partnership, semabit GmbH has grown to become a leading service provider for online solutions in the region.
We assist regional, national and international companies and organisations in a variety of sectors. Customers such as ABB, Mobilezone and ETH Zurich rely on our abilities and solutions. Our team of experienced specialists, with their passion for state-of-the-art technology and challenging IT projects, offer agile software development for forward-looking, durable applications of the highest quality.

Smovie – Film aus der Hosentasche

Alles mit dem Smartphone: filmen, schneiden, posten – das ist Smovie. Einfach und schnell, gut und günstig. Warum Tausende von Franken für Filme bezahlen, wenns auch anders geht? Die Smovie Film GmbH begleitet Unternehmen, die authentischen Video Content selbst produzieren wollen, und schult und coacht deren Mitarbeitenden. Zeitgemässes Bewegtbild für die Unternehmens- und Marketingkommunikation in den Sozialen Medien sowie in der internen Aus- und Weiterbildung – weil es geht!

Sprüngli Confiserie

Today this Swiss family business, with its outstanding product range and long-standing tradition, is one of Europe’s most renowned confectioners. Sprüngli products not only offer the highest possible quality, they are also uniquely fresh and natural. Besides the light and airy Luxemburgerli, the range on offer also includes numerous irresistible pralines and cake creations, many seasonal specialities and gifts for every occasion. These delicacies can also be ordered from the online shop. For businesses, we offer unusual and CI-compliant gift ideas.

Startupticker

Startupticker.ch is the central news platform for the Swiss start-up scene. After five years of growth, it is the clear number 1 in coverage of hot Swiss start-ups from the ICT, life sciences and cleantech sectors; it also reports on collaboration projects with corporates, support services and offers. The platform contains daily news, and every Friday the events of the week are summarised in an email newsletter. Startupticker is an independent platform on behalf of CTI.

tpc ag

tpc switzerland ag is Switzerland’s leading broadcast service provider, with extensive expertise in planning, creating and managing audiovisual projects. tpc is a subsidiary of SRG, and is responsible for production and technology for television, radio and multimeda for SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen). tpc’s 1,000 highly trained and motivated professionals also serve external clients. Its own state-of-the-art studios, workshops and mobile resources provide the foundation for quality solutions that combine innovation with the best in technology. Where necessary, tpc works with external partners to provide clients with the package of services they need. We offer the right technology, the highest level of service, and perfection in production.

W.I.R.E.

W.I.R.E. is one of Europe’s leading interdisciplinary think tanks. In ten years of engaging with global trends in business, science and society, the Swiss idea laboratory has focused on identifying new trends early and translating them into strategies and areas for action by private companies and public institutions.
Its key topics are the digital economy, social innovation and future-proofing. The think tank places its expertise at the service of the general public, private enterprise and public agencies, in fields ranging from life science, financial services and media to food and industry.
W.I.R.E.’s document- and experience-based knowledge transfer formats are notable for their harmony of form and content and the outstanding quality of their aesthetics and design. In addition to its partnership with the Collegium Helveticum of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, W.I.R.E. boasts an international network of experts, thought leaders and decision makers.

xtendx AG

xtendx is a swiss leading provider of software solutions and services for an easy processing and publication of video content. With its Simplex Media Plattform, xtendx provides a complete solution for all kinds of digital content. From the management and encoding up to integration on websites for the internet and/or intranet. Simplex works on all platforms and devices. Available as SAAS or on premise. As official network partner for the Swiss Economic Forum we ensure that all keynotes are available as video-webcast on the internet.

Zühlke Engineering

We believe innovation requires an entrepreneurial mindset combined with the courage to push boundaries and break new ground.

Zühlke is here to help you transform your vision from a smart idea into a resounding market success. Our promise: as a strong solutions partner, we contribute our in depth and broad industry expertise, and take responsibility for the success of your projects.

NZZ

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a high-quality daily newspaper of national and international renown, known by its abbreviation “NZZ”. As a sophisticated media brand, the NZZ offers its discerning, attentive readership high-quality, payable content that is also always available on all other channels. NZZ stands for a modern media enterprise that maintains holdings in other newspaper publishers, printing houses and online companies, publishes the “NZZ am Sonntag” (the Sunday NZZ) and the magazines “NZZ FOLIO”, “Z – Die schönen Seiten”, “STIL” and is responsible for the prestigious book publisher NZZ Libro and the successful online information platform NZZ.ch.

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) serves the public with a varied and high-quality offering. The Enterprise encourages freedom of opinion by providing comprehensive and objective news and information services, conveys cultural values, and both educates and entertains its audience. With principal studios in Zurich, Basel and Bern, as well as regional studios in Aarau, Chur, Lucerne and St. Gallen, SRF is strongly rooted in the region which it serves. SRF has a global network of 60 correspondents who collect information locally, and provide first-hand background reports and analysis.

SRF is the largest Enterprise Unit within SRG, which encompasses a total of 17 radio and 7 television stations, as well as complementary websites and teletext services for four language regions. As a non-profit organisation, SRG derives around 75 percent of its revenue from licence fees and around 25 percent from commercial income. It is politically and financially independent.

SBB takes responsibility.

SBB is the backbone of sustainable mobility in Switzerland. Every day, it safely transports 1.21 million passengers and 205,000 tonnes of freight on time and in an environmentally friendly manner.

The railway transcends all linguistic, cultural and political boundaries to bring Switzerland together, and in economic and social terms, it makes a vital contribution to the quality of life and competitiveness of our country. However, SBB is much more than just a modern, efficient railway company. As an employer and contractor, a property owner and a real estate manager, SBB takes responsibility for Switzerland, its regions and the environment.

In order to continue developing the services we offer in line with requirements, we maintain a constant dialogue with our stakeholders. We have developed a comprehensive sustainability strategy to help us achieve this.

Bern Economic Development Agency

The main activities of the Bern Economic Development Agency (BEDA) are marketing and economic promotion. In order to develop a strong economic environment in the canton of Bern, BEDA offers advice and assistance to businesses, promotes technology transfer and supports innovative projects. It relies on valuable partners such as innovation centers, clusters, regional organizations and tourist destinations promotion agencies. Together, we seek an optimal and sustainable use of the full economic potential of the Canton of Berne.

Interlaken

Nestling between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and at the foot of the imposing trio, the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, Interlaken is a dream holiday destination for visitors from all over the world and at the same time the perfect congress venue. Thanks to its favourable location and wide choice of accommodation options, Interlaken continues to be a top venue for conferences, seminars and events. The rich variety of entertainment offers, restaurants with high-end gastronomy, as well as a host of recreation and excursion options add to Interlaken’s exceptional appeal. The construction of an additional congress hall in 2010 has made Interlaken even more attractive as a congress venue. The new congress hall in the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken has impressive contemporary architecture and cutting-edge facilities. Now with an increased capacity of up to 1,200 persons, the Congress Centre is the perfect venue for all kinds of events, conferences and symposiums, with premium service guaranteed.

SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES

It’s the little things, isn’t it, that make our lives so special. A moment of warmth; a kind but important gesture; a small yet memorable touch. SWISS offers you all the little things that combine to provide a stylish travel experience. Like attentive care that’s closely tailored to your particular wishes and needs from well before you embark. And, once you’re aboard, all the freedom to be yourself and all the further small and accommodating details that make a SWISS flight such an unforgettable event.

SWISS connects companies throughout Switzerland with all the world’s major business centres and, via its Star Alliance partners, to countless further destinations all over the globe. And our time-saving online booking and check-in, our convenient peripheral-hours services, the compactness of our Zurich hub and our attractive lounges to rest, relax or work quietly in are just some of the reasons SWISS is such an excellent partner for your business travel needs. Like to know more about our corporate products and services? Just go to swiss.com/businesstravel.

USM U. Schärer Söhne AG

USM Modular Furniture Haller combines aesthetics, outstanding quality, functionality and flexibility. The furniture can be added to and changed in any way – to exactly how you want it. The system enables custom-tailored solutions for every type of setting and furnishings: from private living space to large-scale office landscapes. The panels are available in 14 different colours and also in glass. The three letters “USM” stand for Ulrich Schärer Münsingen. Modular Furniture Haller, whose origins actually lie in architecture rather than furniture design, is based on a sophisticated concept which was, and still is, ahead of its time in terms of form and function. Utterly timeless. USM supports the Swiss Economic Forum by providing infrastructure and furnishings at its events.

European Forum Alpbach

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and our events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. We connect international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people.

Lucerne Festival

The stars of classical music in the heart of Switzerland: as one of the world’s most renowned music festivals, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, which takes place three times a year, provides international audiences with unique concert experiences with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists – and has done so for 80 years.