Do you still remember the very first Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) back in 1999, which featured appearances by radio pioneer Roger Schawinski and the then National Councillor Vreni Spoerry? In the throes of the economic crisis, Stefan Linder and Peter Stähli succeeded in organising a practical gathering of 500 business and political leaders in Thun. The SEF has grown rapidly since then, quickly becoming the most significant economic conference in Switzerland and a unique platform for entrepreneurs. Over the last two decades, famous names from around the globe, including Kofi Annan, Richard Branson and Al Gore, have graced the SEF stage, providing us with unforgettable moments.


We fully intend to pursue this forum and consciously develop it further. We honour the traditions and maintain the spirit of the SEF family because we believe in the power of entrepreneurialism and the value of interpersonal communication.

Then – now – next: The main idea behind the anniversary is not to take a look back at our past, but rather to zero in on what we need to do now to ensure that the children of everyone celebrating the anniversary will be sat here in our places in Interlaken in 20 years’ time as successful entrepreneurs and managers. The focus of the SEF.2018 is thus firmly on the future. The networking evening to be held on
7 June 2018 will be dedicated to the festivities and will present our guests and longstanding partners with an unforgettable experience. We will pitch a city of tents in the garden of the Congress Centre, thus allowing us to hold our celebrations outdoors, whatever the weather.

The anniversary party marking 20 years in business will comprise the following three projects:

Multimedia clips of the highlights enjoyed so far, interviews with SEF participants and takeaways from presentations on social media and websites

Clips here available

A concert and a party in a city of tents pitched in the garden of the Congress Centre (networking evening on Thursday, 7 June 2018)
Summer camp in the Swiss alps for young people aged between 15 and 20, focusing on the topic of entrepreneurship (2–8 June 2018)

We are looking forward to a successful anniversary!

Partnerschaften Jubiläum

The Swiss Economic Forum attracts a great deal of interest, both at home and abroad. With over 1,350 business leaders taking part, the event sets the tone for entrepreneurship events in Switzerland.

The annual event budget only provides a limited scope for extraordinary activities, which is why additional funds and partners are needed to successfully realise the ideas we have planned to mark the anniversary. In order to raise funds, we are approaching existing partners, new partners and potential donors, stating that, in addition to traditional cash donations, non-cash donations and the provision of services are also welcome.

We are looking for partners and sponsors who can identify with the SEF and its image, the Bernese Oberland and entrepreneurship. By getting involved
in our anniversary celebrations, you can also reap the benefits of being seen as one of our sponsors.

Get in touch with us today and secure your place as an anniversary partner with the corresponding benefits.

The SEF has defined three categories for anniversary partnerships, with each one named after a mountain peak that can be seen from the SEF premises in Interlaken:

(15’000 CHF)
maximum of 10 partners
(5’000 CHF)
maximum of 15 partners
Harder Kulm
(1’000 CHF)
maximum of 30 partners

Partners in the Jungfrau category will enjoy sector exclusivity if there are no similar sponsors in one of the lower categories.

Categories and benefits Jungfrau Niesen Harder Kulm
Your company logo will be displayed or company name mentioned in the full-page anniversary advert in the NZZ Logo Logo Namen
Your company logo will be displayed or company name mentioned on the “Anniversary” page of the SEF website Logo Logo Logo
Admission to the SEF conference (2-day ticket) 2 1
Admission to the SEF4KMU event on Thursday afternoon 2
Admission to the SEF networking evening only 2 1 2
Your company logo will be displayed or company name mentioned on the panel in the conference area, under “Anniversary partners” Logo Logo Namen



If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact Caroline Willems, Project Manager: or 033 334 23 44

anniversary partners


Indiazelt Jungfrau Smovie – Film aus der Hosentasche Swisscom


Bern Economic Development Agency Creaholic SA ELCO Switzerland Feusi Bildungszentrum
G.U.S. Itelligence IWG International Workplace Group Just Schweiz AG
Kilchenmann AG On AG Prodega/Growa/Transgourmet Schweizer Armee
Scoping Villiger WIRZ Brand Relation

Harder Kulm

Cendres + Métaux SA de Sede AG Imperial Drums GmbH Stämpfli AG
xtendx AG